Donaldsonville baseball off to undefeated start
Things have changed for the Donaldsonville Tiger baseball program.
Last season, the Tigers were only able to win one game and found themselves on the wrong end of many blowouts.
This year, they’re undefeated and they’re the team that is blowing their opponents out of the water.
Under first-year head coach Garrett Maum, the program fielded more players than they have in the past, and Maum said that wasn’t the only positive change.
He said, “This team is young and constantly improving. We have a good core of sophomores and freshmen that are eager to turn the program around. There’s a new energy at practice that has been missing for many seasons.”
This energy and enthusiasm has followed the Tigers into the season as they have run off to a 3-0 start. That win total already triples their production of 2015.
Donaldsonville got things started with a razor-thin come-from-behind victory over White Castle.
That win seemed to give the Tigers all the confidence and momentum that they needed heading into the rest of their schedule.
For their second game, they hosted Tara of Class 4A.
Donaldsonville took control right from the start as they exploded for nine first-inning runs.
The Trojans were able to give them a bit of a scare in the third inning when they responded with seven runs of their own to cut the deficit to 9-7.
However, Donaldsonville didn’t panic. Instead, they responded with four more runs in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 13-7.
They added a run in each of the next three innings to ice away a 16-7 victory.
From the mound, Timothy Campbell was awarded the complete-game win.
Behind the plate, Trevon Mitchell led the way as he got on base on four separate occasions. He went 1-3 with three walks.
Antonio Mera went 1-2 and scored three runs.
The Tigers kept rolling in their next game against Eleanor McMain.
Donaldsonville hit the road for the matchup, and early on, McMain hung tight. Heading into the fourth inning, the Tigers were clinging to a 3-2 advantage.
There, Donaldsonville was able to score two, and they got two more in the fifth to take a comfortable 7-3 lead.
From there, it was all Tigers. They scored nine in the sixth to take the game by mercy rule, 16-2.
This time, it was Mitchell that was awarded the complete-game victory from the mound.
Trevon Dunn went 2-3 and scored three runs, Mera went 2-4 and also scored three times and Kaleb Phillips went 2-4 and walked twice.
Donaldsonville actually began their fourth game against Tara and had a 10-2 lead in the first inning when the rain forced a stoppage. The matchup was moved to this Wednesday.
The next day, the Tigers will visit Broadmoor, on Saturday, they host East Iberville and on Monday, they will have a rematch with Eleanor McMain.