Gautreaux, Hymel are honored
From Staff and
Two members of the Morgan City High School baseball team made the Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association’s Class 4A All-State team.
Andrew “Buck” Gautreaux made the first team as a utility selection, while third-baseman Dylan Hymel was an honorable mention selection.
Gautreaux, who was named the District 8-4A MVP earlier this season, finished his junior season with a .398 batting average. He led the Tigers with 41 hits and also contributed five doubles and 10 stolen bases.
Even more impressive, he managed to bat nearly .400 and only walk once all season.
In the field, the three-year starter made multiple tough catches.
“He does a lot for us defensively out in the outfield and obviously offensively for us as well,” MCHS coach Marc Gonzales said. “To be able to have that average with one walk is pretty special because you’re putting a lot more balls in play. To be able to be recognized by the state is a good thing for him.”
Hymel earned honorable mention after leading the Tigers with a .413 batting average. He had the second-most hits for the Tigers (31), doubles (six), triples (two) and was tied for the team lead for home runs with one. He also swiped 10 bases this year.
Hymel also pitched for the Tigers this year where he contributed a 4.93 ERA, won three games and struck out 18.
Gonzales said that while he knew Hymel was going to work hard and be a good player, even he was surprised at how well Hymel did at the plate.
“The power that he ended up hitting with was a little surprising, but he’s a kid that really works hard in the weight room and worked hard in the cages to get better,” Gonzales said.
And Gonzales said Hymel has continued to improve his swing.
The Class 4A All-State team’s Outstanding Player was Belle Chasse’s Nick Thurman, while Greg Battistella, who took his Holy Cross squad to the state finals where they fell to Teurlings Catholic, was named Coach of the Year.
Thurman hit .414 on the year with a .770 slugging percentage. He had six home runs, nine doubles and three triples. He also recorded 18 RBI despite being walked multiple times.
On their path to the finals, Battistella’s squad upset No. 1 seed St. Thomas More.
While Gautreaux was the only representative from District 8-4A on the first team, District 8-4A had two other honorable mention selections, both from South Terrebonne. First baseman James LeBlanc and shortstop Britt Pellegrin made the honorable mention list.