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Benton duo make first-team Class 4A All-State

Benton graduates Cameron Horton and Aaron Sheppard have been named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State baseball first team.

Horton, a shortop, batted .405 with six home runs, 15 doubles, two triples and 35 RBI last season.

Sheppard, a pitcher, went 9-2 with a .950 earned run average. He had 71 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings.

The duo led the Tigers to a 28-11 record and their third straight District 1-4A title.

Horton is headed to Louisiana-Lafayette. Sheppard, the All-Parish and District 1-4A MVP, is going to Louisiana Tech.

Benton pitcher Tanner Craft, a senior-to-be, was named honorable mention. Craft went 7-0 with a 1.86 ERA during the regular season.

Benton junior-to-be Abi Cole made honorable mention on the Class 4A softball team.
Cole batted .448 and had a fielding percentage of .877.

Benton finished in a three-way tie for second in District 1-4A behind state champion North DeSoto.

North DeSoto’s EC Delafield was named the Outstanding Player on the All-State softball team.

The junior-to-be finished 26-1 and delivered two shutout performances at the LHSAA’s Fastpitch 56 tournament. Delafield finished the season with 110 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched.

St. Thomas More’s O’Neal Lochridge was voted the Outstanding Player on the baseball squad after helping the Cougars win their second straight 4A crown. He batted .454 with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs. Lochridge is an LSU signee.

— Staff Reports

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