Twelve Lady Bulldogs make all-district team
After another great season that culminated in a fifth straight state tournament appearance, Ascension Catholic players crowded the All-District 6-1A softball team.
Altogether, there were 12 Lady Bulldogs on the team.
Ascension Catholic had a tall task ahead of them as they headed into the season without ace pitcher Julia Beck and All-State outfielder Rae’Shaun Melancon.
In addition to losing those top stars, three-year head coach Brandi Manry left the program. That gave way to Manry’s former head coach, Don Henry taking over the reins.
In his first stint with Ascension Catholic, Henry coached the program for 14 years and led them to three state championships.
With the loss of Beck, Henry had to start four freshmen in the circle in 2017. They experienced their share of growing pains, but in the end, they carried themselves well.
Combined with a potent attack from the plate, Ascension Catholic went 14-11-1 during the regular season, despite a challenging schedule that featured many upper-classification schools.
Coach Henry said that scheduling those games would pay dividends when they began district play and when they reached the playoffs.
He was right.
The Lady Bulldogs brought home another District 6-1A title, following an undefeated run in league play.
The Lady Bulldogs earned the No. 9 seeding in the new Division IV playoffs.
In the first round, they went on the road and trounced No. 8 St. Edmund to punch their ticket to the state tournament in Sulphur for the fifth straight season.
However, their trip was brief as they were defeated in the quarterfinals by top-seeded Vermillion Catholic.
As a result of this tremendous season by the Lady Bulldogs, sophomore catcher Ceilly Grisaffe was named the district’s Co-MVP, along with St. John’s Alise Wille. Grisaffe hit a staggering .538 during the year.
Henry was named the Coach of the Year.
Other Ascension Catholic players to make the first team were outfielders Bailey Acosta and Carson Dunn and infielders Alicia Canatella, Isabelle Abadie and Lauren Landry.
Freshman pitcher Emily Beck was also a first-team all-district selection after going 3-0 in district play.
Another freshman pitcher that made the team was Angelle Theriot—who also went 3-0 in league competition. Theriot was a second-team selection.
Joining her on the second team were Abigail Landry, Mackenzie Marroy and Emme Medine.
Maddie Robicheaux was an honorable mention selection.