LOUISIANA MISS SOFTBALL
Here are the winners of the Farm Bureau-Louisiana Sports Writers Association Miss Softball award:
1996: Ashley Lewis, Central
1997: Ashleigh Ivey, Barbe-Lake Charles
1998: Micah Barbato, Lafayette
1999: Mandy Mullins, Sacred Heart-Ville Platte
2000: Sarah Meadors, Denham Springs
2001: Beth Provost, Teurlings Catholic-Lafayette
2002: Beth Provost, Teurlings Catholic-Lafayette
2003: Britni Bowen, Sterlington
2004: Leah Heintze, St. Amant
2005: Kellie Eubanks, St. Amant
2006: Ashley Brignac, John Curtis
2007: Ashley Brignac, John Curtis
2008: Lauren Crane, Vandebilt Catholic
2009: Lauren Wilson, Belle Chasse
2010: Christina Hamilton, Rosepine
2011: Courtney Ivey, Oak Hill
2012: Baylee Corbello, Sam Houston
2013: Baylee Corbello, Sam Houston
2014: Katie Brignac, John Curtis
2019 Miss Softball story
By Robin Fambrough
Written for the LSWA
When asked to explain how her softball career took off over the past three years, Mary-Cathryn Comeaux offers a concise and unassuming response.
“Three years ago, when I was a freshman, the thing I worried about was whether I would be the starting center-fielder,” Comeaux said. “More than anything else, I wanted to help my team win a state title, but the rest of what has happened … I never expected it.”
Comeaux soon moved from center field to become the center of attention as a pitcher who helped lead Brusly High to the Class 3A title this spring. Already the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year and the Outstanding Player on the LSWA Class 3A All-State team, the Southeastern Louisiana University adds the top award – the 2019 Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Miss Softball award.
“This year, MC became one of the best, if not the best, pitcher in the state,” Parkview Baptist coach Ashlee Weems said.
“But there is more to her game than that. Over the last two years she also became one of the most dangerous hitters you’ll face, which I think helped her confidence when she pitched. All of it factored into Brusly winning its state title.”
Comeaux led the Panthers to their first 3A softball title since 2013. She finished 25-1 with a 0.558 earned run average and 288 strikeouts in 163 innings pitched. She batted .500 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs, 29 runs scored and 36 RBIs.
“MC is one of the hardest workers we have had in the program,” Brusly coach Beau Bouvier said. “She did whatever we asked of her and more. She also was a great leader.”
Comeaux’s road to success started early with pitching lessons from former Brusly head coach Julie Mayeux, who later served as her pitching coach for the Panthers.
“MC is special … she’s a very cerebral pitcher who thinks the game and studies it,” Mayeux said. “Not all pitchers do that. When she was a little girl, I could demonstrate the different spins you can put on a pitch. She mastered it by the next time I saw her. If I was working with somebody else, she would sit on the bench and practice spinning the ball.”
The multiple spins she commands, along with her competitiveness, are defining traits for Comeaux, according to Denham Springs coach Leslie Efferson-Yellott, herself a former pitcher.
“I think she is one of the best dual-threat players around … a great pitcher and hitter. The control she has on all the different spins is so impressive,” Efferson-Yellott said.
“She can throw a pitch in a spot with one spin and then put then spin on the next one a different way and put it within an inch of where the first one was. There are pitchers who throw harder, but only a few can do what she does control-wise.”
A few nagging injuries were issues for Comeaux prior to her senior season. But the biggest obstacle were some nagging doubts that followed a quarterfinal playoff exit for a Brusly team that was the top 3A seed in 2018.
“As a team, we believed we could win a title, but we knew it would not be easy,” Comeaux said. “We all wanted it so bad and we were determined. In the final game, every pitch counted. I couldn’t let up. We didn’t let up. Winning … it was the best feeling.”