Tigers conclude special season with two victories
The Donaldsonville Tigers didn't just celebrate Easter over the weekend. They celebrated one of the most successful baseball seasons in recent memory.
Under first-year head coach Garrett Maum, Donaldsonville went from barely having enough players to field a team and winning just one game in 2016, to finishing with a tremendous 12-2 record.
Coach Maum couldn't be happier with how his team performed this season. He said, "These guys worked their butts off. I'm very proud of each and every one of them."
The Tigers headed into the weekend looking to finish the season on a high note as they hosted Grand Isle in a double-header.
In the first game, Donaldsonville took control right from the start as they exploded for seven first-inning runs.
The Tigers led, 8-0, until the fourth inning, when Grand Isle finally put three runs on the board.
Though they tried to make a comeback, the big lead was all Donaldsonville needed. They were able to close out the 13-7 victory.
Tre'von Mitchell collected his fourth victory of the season from the mound. From the plate, he went 2-4 with two runs scored.
Antonio Mera was 2-5 with two runs scored, and Kaleb Phillips went 2-4 with a walk and a run scored.
In the second game, the Tigers fell into an early hole as Grand Isle scratched two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.
Donaldsonville responded with two runs in both the second and third to go up 4-2.
Up 4-3 in the fifth, the Tigers put the game away as they erupted for eight runs. This led to a 13-3 blowout victory.
This time, it was Timothy Campbell earning the win from the mound. It improved his overall record to 5-1. Offensively, he went 2-2 with a walk and four runs scored.
Jamar Bourgere went 3-4 with two runs scored, and Clenard Mollere went 2-4 and scored two runs.
The two wins contributed to a truly special season for Donaldsonville.
Dating back to 2010, the Tigers had only won a grand total of nine games. The most wins they had in a single season was three. In this season alone, they won 12.
Coach Maum said that this was the program's first winning season in at least 17 years. That's as far back as their record books go.
Before the season even began, Maum envisioned his guys having this type of year. He said, "This team is young and constantly improving. We have a great 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.”
The future looks to be bright for the Tiger baseball program.
They will lose seniors like Phillips and Mera, but they will return key contributors like Mitchell, Campbell, Mollere and Malik Fowler.