Last season, Ascension Christian's baseball program made history by hosting their first ever playoff game. On Wednesday evening, they took the next step.

Last season, Ascension Christian's baseball program made history by hosting their first ever playoff game. On Wednesday evening, they took the next step.

Behind a complete-game effort by Nic Montalbano on the mound and a 3-3, three-RBI flurry by Landon Ortego from the plate, the Lions stormed back from two down to beat St. Frederick, 10-5, and earn their first ever postseason victory.

"I'm just so proud of one through 23," first-year head coach Conrad Gayle said. "It wasn't just the starters. The dugout kept us energized. You could tell when the guys got out of class today that they were locked in, and it showed. It showed at the plate, it showed in the field and it showed in our pitching."

After three St. Frederick hits and two Ascension Christian errors throughout the first two innings, the Warriors were able to take a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Lions exploded for six runs to take control of the game.

Peyton Bahlinger got the rally started with a leadoff single, and Jacob Antie walked.

Mason Braud drove Bahlinger home, and Antie scored after a St. Frederick throwing error to third. Braud eventually scored on a passed ball to give Ascension Christian their first lead at 3-2.

Following a Montalbano single, Ortego crushed a two-run home run over the leftfield wall.

To end the six-run blitzkrieg, Bahlinger collected an RBI from a sac fly.

The Warriors responded with two in the top of the fourth, but Ascension Christian maintained the four-run lead after an RBI single by Ortego and an RBI single from a perfect bunt by Josh Diez.

The Lions added two more runs in the fifth.

Antie collected an RBI single, and he eventually scored on a Warrior throwing error.

Montalbano gave up six hits and three earned runs in the complete-game victory. He struck out eight batters.

From the plate, Ortego went 3-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Diez was 2-3, and Bahlinger was 2-4. Both players had a walk and an RBI apiece.

With the victory, Ascension Christian has now reached the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

They'll have to go on the road to face top-seeded Central Catholic (25-7)--the defending Class 1A state champions.