Big impact: Fontenot’s bat powers Broncos

Published 1:04 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Don’t tell Sam Houston’s Brylie Fontenot she can’t do something.

“That motivated me so much,” Fontenot said. “When I was little, they all told me I wasn’t going to be good enough or big enough to be able to go to a Division I school or maybe not even play college.”

Fontenot stands just 5-31/2 but has become one of the best power hitters in Southwest Louisiana.

Even as a freshman the power was there. She hit .477 with 20 RBI, 4 home runs, 9 doubles and 2 triples in a season shortened to 15 games because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I kind of felt like I was going to be good in high school, but, again, I was just a freshman,” Fontenot said. “I felt important to this team, and I was helping my team a lot.”

She followed with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 2021 and exploded for 19 home runs and 59 RBI in 2022, batting .534 and earning Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A all-state first-team honors for the second consecutive season. She is a career .489 hitter.

“To be honest, I don’t really know,” Fontenot said. “I do work out, but I think it is just my quick hands I have at the plate.

“Not many people have quick hands when it comes to hitting. I was just blessed with it, so I think that really helped me. “I am not one of those people that has a superstition and has to do something before a game. I just get ready.”

Fontenot’s impact on the team goes beyond the statistics. She helped lead Sam Houston to the Class 5A semifinals for the first time since 2018.

“Besides the obvious that defensively and offensively she is brilliant, she makes those around her better,” Sam Houston head coach Beth Domingue said. “Without saying a word, she’s going to show everyone how to work harder and work smarter day in and day out.

“And by doing that, she’s showing others they can accomplish so much more than they thought. Brylie doesn’t take many days ‘off’.”

Fontenot said she is still 100 percent committed to McNeese State and is playing for Hot Shots Anderson this summer, looking to continue to improve.

“Obviously, I can’t help how tall I am, but I can work to get stronger and more muscle,” Fontenot said. “I love that it is close to home, so I will still be able to come home and see my friends and family.

“I love the sense of family that I have when I get there. I grew up going to camp there, so I knew all the coaching staff and players. Now, all the people I played travel ball with are starting to get to McNeese. It is just a welcoming place.”

She credited her father, Shaun Fontenot, Dominque and assistant coach Andrew Guillotte, who played five seasons in the minor leagues reaching triple-A twice, with helping her become the player she is now.

“My dad has been one of my biggest supporters since I was little,” Fontenot said. “Even if I feel like I am struggling or needed that extra hand, he was always there to help with the help of a few other coaches.

“I do have to give credit to our new coach, Coach (Andrew) Guillotte. He has helped me tremendously with my defense from the mental side to footwork and throwing motions. I love how (Domingue) can be hard on us and expect so much, but as soon as we do something right, she is the first one that has a huge smile and gives us a high-five. We get a little bit of both. We get the cool coach, and we get the hard coach.”