BASEBALL

Ascension Catholic baseball advances

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Ascension Catholic's Collin Landry. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs showed why they’re one of the top teams in the state on Monday evening as they rolled in their first-round playoff game, 19-1.

The Bulldogs are hungry for a state championship. They have reached the state quarterfinals the last two seasons. This year, they want to get over the hump and take home a state title.

The Bulldogs got hot at the right time last year. After starting the season off in a 2-11 hole, they caught fire and finished the regular season on a 12-5 tear.

With the momentum, they beat Houma Christian in the opening round and then upset third-seeded Hanson Memorial to advance to the quarterfinals. There, they fell just short, dropping a razor-thin 2-1 extra-inning affair to Central Catholic.

Like last season, Ascension Catholic got off to a bit of a slow start. After dropping four straight games by a combined margin of 39-13, the Bulldogs fell to just 7-7 overall.

Ascension Catholic rebounded quite nicely. They finished the regular season by winning 12 of their final 13 games. This included an undefeated record in District 6-1A that led to them winning the district championship.

In their final regular-season game, Ascension Catholic held off a hard-charging White Castle squad to claim a 10-8 victory.

The Bulldogs actually took a 10-1 lead in the game after four innings. However, White Castle scored seven unanswered runs in the next three innings to trim the deficit to two before Ascension Catholic finally closed the door.

Charlie Ginelloni led the Bulldogs with a 3-4, two-RBI effort. Collin Landry went 2-4 with an RBI, and Ross Ponville was 2-3.

The Bulldogs earned the No. 3 seed in Class 1A on the strength of an 18-8 overall record and perfect 10-0 mark in District 6-1A.

For the first round of the playoffs, they drew a matchup with No. 30 Beekman Charter—a team that finished the regular season with an 8-8 record.

It was never a ball game as Ascension Catholic hit Beekman with a 12-run blitzkrieg in the first inning. They scored seven more runs in the third. The game finally ended after five due to the mercy rule.

The Bulldogs out-hit Beekman, 13-3.

Landon Clifton usually dominates on the mound. On Monday, he dominated from the plate—going a perfect 4-4 with three RBIs. Garrett Hales was 2-2 with three RBIs and Ponville went 2-4 with a game-high four RBIs.