Bulldogs suffer through four-game losing streak

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Ascension Catholic senior Collin Landry. Photo by Chuck Montero.

After the Ascension Catholic baseball team reeled off four wins in five game, they came down hard last week. They dropped four straight contests--three of those coming in a tournament they hosted.

The tournament saw the Bulldogs struggle immensely. They lost the three games by a combined margin of 28-6.

Ascension Catholic was 6-3 heading into their non-district matchup with 5A H.L. Bourgeois last Tuesday. They were coming off of three straight victories--one of those wins coming against perennial 3A power University Lab.

In the home game, the Bulldogs actually took the opening lead after scoring a run in the bottom of the first. After H.L. Bourgeois responded with two in the top of the second, Ascension Catholic added three more runs to take a 4-2 advantage.

However, the Brave lineup opened it up in the third through fifth innings. They scored five runs in that span. That spurt allowed them to take a 7-5 lead.

H.L. Bourgeois then took total command in the top of the seventh as they erupted for four runs to expand their lead to 11-5.

The Bulldogs scored two in the bottom of the seventh, but their rally fell short. The Braves took the victory, 11-7.

Ascension Catholic actually out-hit H.L. Bourgeois, 9-7, but errors put them in a tough spot defensively. They committed five of them.

Landon Clifton was dealt the loss on the mound. From the plate, Clifton went 1-3 and scored two runs.

The next day, Ascension Catholic hosted a tournament. They met Catholic of Point Coupee in the first game and were handily defeated, 6-1.

The Bulldogs tried to bounce back the next day against 2A Episcopal, but they once again tasted defeat.

The Knights took control right from the start. They scored a run in the first and then put up four more scores in the second to take a commanding 5-0 advantage.

Ascension Catholic responded with two runs in the third to trim into the deficit, but those runs would turn out to be the only runs the Bulldogs would score for the rest of the game.

Episcopal added three more in the sixth, and for the finishing touches, they scored two runs in the seventh to ice away the dominating 10-2 victory.

The Knights piled up 11 hits, opposed to just six for Ascension Catholic.

For the Bulldogs, Clifton led the way with a 2-4 effort. He drove in both of the Bulldogs' runs. Ross Ponville went 1-4, and Collin Landry went 1-2.

To end the tournament, Ascension Catholic dropped their fourth straight game--this one coming to Central Catholic, 12-3. It was Central Catholic that beat the Bulldogs in last year's state quarterfinals.

The defeat dropped Ascension Catholic's overall record to 6-7.

The Bulldogs will try to turn things around this week as the district season begins. They will host St. John on Wednesday.