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Eight parish players make All-State baseball and softball teams

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Eight Bossier Parish players have been named to high school baseball and softball All-State teams.

Benton pitcher Jackson Rutledge, a 2016 graduate, was named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A All-State baseball first team. Rutledge made the LSWA team at utility.

Benton pitcher and infielder Sarah Koeppen, a senior-to-be, was named to the LSWA Class 4A All-State first team at utility. She was named to the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association team earlier this month.

Airline pitcher Kyle Backofen, infielder Peyton Davis and pitcher/shortstop Cameron Parikh were named to the LBCA Class 5A first team. Backofen and Parikh were named honorable mention by the LSWA.

Benton outfielder Wade Grubbs and pitcher Tanner Craft were named to the LBCA Class 4A first team. Both were named honorable mention by the LSWA.

Airline pitcher Hannah Hutson was named Class 5A honorable mention by the LSWA.

Rutledge, who is headed to Arkansas, had a 1.63 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 60 innings for the District 1-4A champion Tigers.

Koeppen, the co-MVP on The Press-Tribune’s All-Parish softball team, batted .452 with 39 RBI, 11 doubles and 11 home runs. She helped the Lady Tigers finish runner-up in their District 1-4A division to state champion North DeSoto. Koeppen has committed to Louisiana-Lafayette.

Backofen, a ULM signee, went 8-2 for the District 1-5A champion Vikings. He had a 2.44 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 63 innings.

Davis, who is headed to Northwestern State, batted .388 with 18 doubles, six home runs and 34 RBI.

Parikh, who made the coaches’ team at utility, was the MVP on The Press-Tribune’s All-Parish team. The rising senior went 7-2 with a 1.94 ERA and had 50 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings. He also hit .388 with 11 doubles and 18 RBI.

Grubbs, a 2016 graduate, led Benton with a .427 average. He had seven doubles, one home run and 16 RBI.

Craft, a 2016 graduate, made the LBCA at utility. He went 9-3 with a 1.94 ERA. He also batted .374 with 22 RBI.

Hutson, a senior-to-be, had a 3.099 ERA. She struck out 155 in 131 innings. She also hit .353 with eight doubles and 17 RBI.

Haughton senior-to-be Lacey Dodson was named to the LSCA All-State team earlier this month.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com