Bulldogs' district title reign ends with blowout loss
After dropping a 1-0 contest to St. John on Monday, Ascension Catholic was in need of a victory at home Wednesday evening to finish with a share of the district championship, but they never had a chance.
The Eagles feasted on an array of Bulldog mistakes in the first three innings to jump on top, 6-1. From there, they never looked back--crushing Ascension Catholic, 14-4, to capture the district title.
Bulldog head coach Todd Landry missed the game to attend to a personal matter. Assistant Larry Dunn coached the team in his absence.
"Those first two innings got us. When you give up five runs in the first two innings, you get behind the 8-ball a little bit," Dunn said. "Three base-running mistakes in the first few innings really hurt us. Things just didn't go our way. Their centerfielder made a couple of nice plays.
"Tip your hat to those guys. They did enough to win today. We'll learn from this. We look forward to getting to the playoffs and seeing if we can make a run."
St. John came up with two hits against starting pitcher D.J. Giroir in the first inning, and the Ascension Catholic defense fell victim to two errors. It allowed the Eagles to take a 2-0 lead.
After Giroir hit three batters in the second, St. John extended their advantage to 5-0.
Ascension Catholic cut it to 5-1 in the bottom of the second when Rodney Blanchard doubled and was eventually sent home on a sac fly by Giroir.
However, the Bulldogs wouldn't score again until the bottom of the sixth--when they were down 14-1.
A Charlie Gianelloni RBI single and two St. John errors allowed the Bulldogs to score three, but when Landon Clifton flew out to center, the Eagles were able to win the game via the mercy rule.
The leading hitters for Ascension Catholic were Gianelloni, Nick Bellina and Ross Ponville. All three went 2-3. Genaloni had an RBI, and Bellina walked once.
After a nine-game stretch where the Bulldogs went 8-1, they have now lost three straight.
They will try to finish strong in time for the playoffs.
They will play Kentwood next Tuesday and Thursday, and next Saturday, they'll host Catholic of Pointe Coupee in their regular season finale.