The Ascension Catholic baseball team continued their state championship congratulatory tour this week as Parish President Kenny Matassa joined the team in a celebration at their gym on Wednesday morning.

The Ascension Catholic baseball team continued their state championship congratulatory tour this week as Parish President Kenny Matassa joined the team in a celebration at their gym on Wednesday morning.

The Bulldogs were fresh off of being honored by Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan and the City Council the week prior. Before that, they were recognized at the state capital.

This time, Matassa joined them in what became a ceremony to honor his proclamation that June 7 was to be named Ascension Catholic High School Baseball Championship Day.

Along with the team and its coaches, Ascension Catholic Principal John Beck was there to take in the special moment.

“You don’t win championships by luck. You win them by doing the work, by being committed to a team effort,” Beck said. “Everyone on this team has been instrumental to its success, and when you go together as a team, you’re unstoppable, but it begins with that winning attitude and visualization to see it. When you feel it and believe it, it happens.

The Bulldogs just completed a season that will be remembered for years to come in Donaldsonville.

After a heartbreaking 11-inning loss to Central Catholic in the 2017 state tournament in Sulphur, they vowed to return the next year and complete what they started. The team adopted the motto “unfinished business.”

Ascension Catholic hit a rough patch midway through the 2018 season, losing five straight games and falling to just 6-8 overall.

They rebounded by winning their final 17 regular season contests and entering the Division-IV playoffs as the third seed.

The Bulldogs beat St. Mary’s, 2-1, in their first-round best-of-three series. They then swept Sacred Heart in the quarterfinals to reach Sulphur for the second straight season.

In the semifinals, they survived second-seeded Ouachita Christian, 9-7, and punched their ticket to the state title game.

There, they faced No. 1 St. John, a team that had beaten them twice that season and four straight times dating back to 2017.

Against the Eagles in the championship game, Ascension Catholic fought off a late 2-0 deficit to capture a thrilling 4-3 victory. The win awarded the program its third state title and its first since 1994.

Overall, they finished the year with a 29-9 record.

Leading the team was Todd Landry. Landry has been the Bulldogs’ head coach for the past 12 years.

“It has just been a storybook season,” Landry said. “Here at Ascension Catholic, we take a lot of pride in both academics and athletics, and we’ve had a very rich tradition in both. Any time our school can be recognized, it’s always something that I take great pride in, but also, it’s great knowing that these kids solidified themselves with one of these championship banners that will hang in their honor in the gym forever.

“To have a day named in their honor in Ascension Parish for Ascension Catholic High School is something that I, the coaching staff and the rest of the Ascension Catholic family greatly appreciate.”

Beck is set to retire next week. Before he leaves, he had one final message to Ascension Catholic’s championship baseball team.

“You’ve earned so much respect from this community, this faculty and staff. This is a tremendous honor coming from our Parish President and the Parish Council,” Beck said. “This is your moment. This is your time. You’ve earned it. We’re so proud of you. Coaches have sacrificed so much; our Bulldog nation and fans have given so much. They believe in you; you believe in yourselves, and the best is going to happen again.”