Ascension Catholic baseball remains hot

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Nick Bellina went 2-3 with three RBIs in the Bulldogs' 5-4 victory over St. John. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs continue their strong play as the playoffs loom.

There was a time earlier in the season when the Bulldogs were experiencing their share of struggles. After suffering through four straight losses by a combined margin of 39-13 late last month, Ascension Catholic sat at just 7-7.

Ever since that four-game slide, the Bulldogs have only lost one game. They’ve taken complete control of the district—clinching the league title with a win over St. John last week.

The victory was very similar to the first time the two teams met back on March 23. Runs were at a premium for much of the contest.

Like that clash, Ascension Catholic fell down 1-0 early. This time around, the hosting Eagles took the lead in the first inning.

The Bulldog offense struggled to mount any offense. The St. John lead carried over until the top of the seventh inning.

There, the Ascension Catholic bats came alive. They exploded for five runs to take a commanding 5-1 advantage.

Down to their final three outs, the Eagles tried to rally. They scored three runs to trim the deficit to one, but the Bulldogs were able to hold on and claim the 5-4 victory.

Despite the close score, Ascension Catholic out-hit St. John, 8-2. The Eagles also committed three errors.

Leading the Bulldogs from the plate were Nick Bellina and Ross Ponville. Bellini went 2-3 with a game-high three RBIs. Ponville went 2-3 with an RBI, and he scored a run.

Nick Milano also went 1-3 with a run scored.

The victory improved Ascension Catholic’s district record to a perfect 8-0. With two wins over St. John, it clinched the league title for the Bulldogs.

Ascension Catholic continued their winning ways afterward.

Last Saturday, they hit the road to face parish and district foe Ascension Christian. The Bulldogs mercy ruled the Lions, 10-0, the first time they met. This time around, Ascension Christian gave them a firm test, but the Bulldogs escaped with another league victory, 10-8.

To end the week, Ascension Catholic traveled to Thibodaux on Sunday. They dug deep and won another slugfest, 14-11.

The two weekend victories gave the Bulldogs 10 wins in their last 11 games. That pushed their overall record to 17-8.

Ascension Catholic will conclude their regular-season schedule this week with a home district finale against White Castle on Thursday and a tough non-district game against Catholic of Pointe Coupee on Saturday. The Hornets beat the Bulldogs, 6-1, when the teams played back on March 16.