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Bulldogs fall to University in eight innings

Michael Tortorich
Donaldsonville Chief

Ascension Catholic forced an extra inning, but ultimately suffered a 5-3 loss to University High Tuesday night in Donaldsonville.

The visiting Cubs took the lead in the top of the eighth when Jake Davenport hit a triple to drive in Peyton Joubert. Davenport also notched a run when he dashed home on a throwing error.

University pitcher Reid Segar retired three Bulldog batters in a row to close out the game.

Ascension Catholic head coach Todd Landry said his team played well overall, going eight innings with the top team in Division III.

“They have a lot of seniors and a lot of guys back from last year,” Landry said. “We knew coming in it was going to be a big challenge, but for our guys to compete for eight innings, I was proud of them. Ultimately, we made too many little mistakes during the course of the game that ended up costing us in the end.”

In the seventh inning, Bryce Leonard hit an infield single, then stole second. Joel Landry followed with a walk. The runners then advanced to second and third on a passed ball.

The Bulldogs tied the game 3-3 when Leonard crossed the plate on a balk. After a strikeout, the teams went to extra innings.

“In the seventh, we had the winning run on third base,” Landry said. “In the sixth, we hit a line drive right at the left fielder. Those kinds of things are going to happen, but they kind of get overlooked when you see a crooked number on the error side of things. You’re giving teams like that, with so many good hitters, extra outs. That makes it very, very tough to win.”

The Bulldogs tied the Cubs 2-2 in the early innings. In the third, Layton Melancon had a single and Lex Melancon hit a sacrifice fly to score the runs.

With Baylor Leonard on the mound for the Bulldogs, University’s Brock Slaton hit a double to center. Dylan Carmouche reached second on an error, bringing around a run for the Cubs. University led 3-2 going into the sixth.

Third baseman Jacob Dunn had a key play in the field when he threw to catcher Lex Melancon, who tagged a runner out at the plate. Lex Melancon then recorded the third out when he gunned out a runner attempting to steal third base.

In the top of the seventh, Kaleb Reddicks came on to pitch for the Bulldogs. The Cubs had the bases loaded, but a fly out to Brock Acosta ended the threat.

As the season wears on, the Bulldogs will continue to face quality opponents.

“The schedule is tough. It’s not relenting at all, and I made it that way,” Landry said. “I want these guys to come out and compete on a daily basis. I want us to pay for the mistakes that we make. If you don’t do that, they start getting complacent, and think they can just keep doing what they’re doing.”

Landry said the Bulldogs can grow from close losses to good teams.

“Right now they’re hurting, and I’m hurting for them, but they know they’ve got work to do,” he said. “They’re going to come out tomorrow and go back to work. We have a young team. There’s going to be days when you’re up, and days when you’re down. We have to find the consistency in the middle. That’s what we’re working toward.”