Both the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs and the Donaldsonville Tigers have been rolling to start their seasons.

Baseball has been strong in the city of Donaldsonville so far in 2019.

Both the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs and the Donaldsonville Tigers have been rolling to start their seasons.

These great performances are no surprise when it comes to the Bulldogs. They are the defending Division-IV state champions.

Ascension Catholic took down district rival St. John last year to claim their first state title since 1994.

And fortunately for the Bulldogs, they returned almost the entire roster from that great team. So, expectations were high, and so far, they've lived up to them.

Ascension Catholic has run off to a 9-2 start to the 2019 season. Their only two losses have come against upper-classification schools.

They lost a tight 6-5 contest to Terrebonne of class 5A at a tournament in Brusly. Their other loss was a 9-1 defeat against 3A University Lab. University was last year's Division-II state runner-up.

But the Bulldogs have also beaten their share of upper-classification teams so far this season. In fact, eight of their nine wins have come against bigger schools.

Most impressively, they beat Berwick, the defending Class 3A state champions. They also beat Central Lafourche and H.L. Bourgeois, two teams that reached the second round of the Class 5A playoffs last year.

Last week, the Bulldogs continued to be impressive. They went on the road and competed in a tournament at Central Catholic High. They won all three games.

Ascension Catholic beat Central Lafourche, 9-7. They followed that up with a 6-1 victory over Loreauville, and to end the tournament, they hammered Houma Christian, 7-1.

This week, the Bulldogs will host a tournament. On Thursday night, they will play Episcopal. On Friday night, they will face Dunham. Both are Class 2A teams with a combined record of 17-3.

As for Donaldsonville, they began last week with a dominant win over Broadmoor.

After falling down 1-0 in the first inning, the Tigers scored a run in each of the next three frames to take a 3-1 lead.

After the Buccaneers cut it to 3-2 in the fifth, Donaldsonville exploded for five runs to open up a comfortable 8-2 advantage.

The Tigers scored two more in the sixth to put the game away. They took the victory, 10-2.

It was another tremendous performance by Tim Campbell on the mound. He pitched five complete innings in which he surrendered no hits and no earned runs. He struck out nine batters.

Trevon Mitchell came in and pitched the final two innings. Outside of one walk, his innings were perfect. He struck out three.

From the plate, Mitchell went 1-3 with a walk and three RBIs. Treveyon Brown and Charles Brown each went 1-3 with a walk and two RBIs apiece.

After that win, Donaldsonville beat Northeast, 18-0, and followed that up with a 15-3 win over Woodlawn.

Finally, their four-game winning streak was ended by an 8-7 loss on the road against West Jefferson.

Still, their record remains at 5-3 overall. They are already just three victories away from equalling their win-total from all of last year.

This week, they will host Avoyelles on Wednesday. On Saturday, they'll host McDonogh #35.