Beck gets 7Ks in AC softball playoff-opener win

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Ascension Catholic shut out Ecole Classique in opening round of 1A state playoffs Monday in Donaldsonville.

Junior pitcher Julia Beck opened the 2015 postseason the way she did most games this year – with a strike. Her opening pitch at home against no. 28 Ecole Classique ignited a dominating 15-0 win for the no. 5 Ascension Catholic High softball team (19-3, 7-0) in the first round of the 1A LHSAA State playoffs on Monday afternoon.

Ascension Catholic shutout Ecole Classique after three innings pitched by Beck who finished with seven strikeouts and only allowed one hit. For the Ascension Catholic offense, it was all bats on ball – especially in the first inning. The Bulldogs picked up 13 runs in the first inning and led 15-0 at the end of the second inning to open the playoffs with a quick, hard win.

Ascension Catholic head coach Brandy Manry said she’s pretty pleased with the team’s win.

“I felt as though we could’ve come out a little more prepared but in the playoffs every win is exactly what you want,” Manry said.

Due to the weather in the closing week of the softball regular season the Bulldogs were forced to cancel some games and Manry said she noticed some rust on her team. However the team is on a 15-game win streak that led it to earn an undefeated district 8-1A season and garner the district title.

“A district championship is what happens when you’re trying to accomplish the goal that we’re trying to accomplish,” Manry said.

In Monday’s win, senior Aimee Prejeant led off for the Bulldogs and finished the night with two hits. Junior Rae’Shaun Malancon also added two hits, while senior Ali Richard added a solo triple-base hit that brought in three runners.

Ecole Classique head coach David Frederico said he gives all the credit to Ascension Catholic.

“They are an excellent opponent,” Frederico said. “They are well coached. We are young, with only two seniors playing and we knew it was a rebuilding year. We were happy to get here, but my hat goes off to them and I look forward to watching them in the finals.”

The Bulldogs will play the winner of the game between no. 12 South Cameron and no. 21 Gueydan on April 25.