Nine Lady Bulldogs make all-district team

Kyle Riviere
Ascension Catholic senior pitcher Julia Beck made first-team all-district. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

After a tremendous season that saw Ascension Catholic make the state semifinals, the Lady Bulldog players reaped the benefits. They placed a league-leading nine players on the All-District 6-1A team.

Ascension Catholic had a special year. They finished the regular season with a 16-8 record. All losses were to teams from higher classifications.

They finished league play undefeated en route to capturing another district championship. It allowed them to secure the No. 4 seeding for the playoffs.

After pitching two shutouts to start the postseason, they reached Sulphur for the Fast Pitch 56 for the fourth straight season. They pushed through to the state semifinals, but there, they were eliminated by eventual state champion Catholic of Pointe Coupee.

Leading the charge for the Lady Bulldogs was outfielder Rae’Shaun Malancon. Malancon hit a blistering .534 with 10 home runs and was recently the West’s MVP in the LHSCA/LSCA all-star game.

It all led to her being naming the District 6-1A MVP.

When she recently signed with LSU-Eunice, head coach Brandi Manry said, “I started coaching Rae her sophomore year, and the minute I saw her on the field, I was completely blown away by her athletic ability. She makes the game look easy.”

Fellow senior Julia Beck also made the all-district first team as the Lady Bulldogs’ pitcher.

Abigail Landry was a first-team selection from the infield, Bailey Acosta made it from the outfield and Meredith Medine made the first team as a utility player.

Ceily Grisaffe made the second team as a catcher, while both Lauren Landry and Alicia Canatella made it from the infield.

The Lady Bulldogs’ final second-team all-district selection was outfielder Carson Dunn.

Manry was named the district’s Coach of the Year.

All-District 6-1A First Team:

Julia Beck (Ascension Catholic), Kendall Guillory (St. John), Abigail Landry (Ascension Catholic), Mikala Oulman (Ascension Christian), Kaylee Sadden (St. John), Alise Wille (St. John), Rae’Shaun Malancon (Ascension Catholic), Bailey Acosta (Ascension Catholic), Monica Rivet (St. John), Samantha Landry (St. John), Meredith Medine (Ascension Catholic), Madison Gautreau (Ascension Christian)

Second Team:

Monica Rivet (St. John), Ceily Grisaffe (Ascension Catholic), Grace Acosta (St. John), Lauren Landry (Ascension Catholic), Layla Thompson (Ascension Christian), Alicia Canatella (Ascension Catholic), Carson Dunn (Ascension Catholic), Taylor Vince (St. John), Emily Millet (Ascension Christian), Tyshai Rome (White Castle), Jakayla Washington (White Castle), Olivia Ratcliff (Ascension Christian)

Honorable Mention:

Haley Dupre (Ascension Christian), Kenley LeBlanc (St. John)