Last week, they met another solid ball club, this time on the road at Denham Springs. East Ascension came from behind to collect a 7-3 win.

Last season, East Ascension had a rough start to the season, falling into a 5-11 hole.

But around the halfway mark, things began to click for them. They got it going just at the right time.

They picked up four wins heading into District 5-5A play, and eventually, they finished the season strong, going 12-5 in their final 17 games.

They're hoping to duplicate that feat again in 2019.

The Spartans were simply snake-bitten at the start of the season. Like 2018, they began in a deep hole. This time around, they were just 3-10.

But they were close. In many cases, they were just a hit, or a strike or an error away.

Out of those 10 losses, nine of them were by three runs or less. Eight were by just one run.

However, like last year, it appears East Ascension has figured it out midway through the season. Ever since falling to 3-10, the Spartans have won seven of eight games.

One of the biggest victories came two weeks ago for the Spartans when they rolled, 8-2, over Central, the reigning back-to-back Class 5A state champions. They also happen to be head coach Kade Keowen's alma mater.

They followed that up with a 13-1 win over Eunice and a 14-2 victory over Loreauville.

Last week, they met another solid ball club, this time on the road at Denham Springs. East Ascension came from behind to collect a 7-3 win.

In the first inning, things got off to a bit of a rocky start for the Spartans and starting pitcher Logan Daigle.

Denham Springs' Tristan Duhe came up with a sac fly to score a run. The Yellow Jackets then loaded the bases.

But Daigle found a way to escape without Denham Springs causing anymore damage. All three Yellow Jackets were stranded on base.

Down 1-0 in the second inning, Grant Griffin walked for East Ascension, and Blaise Foote joined him on base with a double.

Griffin eventually scored on a sac grounder, and Blaise was sent home on a Devin Lewis single to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead.

Kael Babin and Blake Peterson had back-to-back singles to begin the third inning. Babin eventually scored on a Yellow Jacket throwing error, and Peterson scored on a two-outs single by Foote.

This gave the Spartans a 4-1 advantage.

With the lead bumped up to 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Denham Springs scratched a run to get within 5-3. They then loaded the bases, but like in the first inning, all three base-runners were stranded.

East Ascension added two more runs in the seventh that put the game out of reach.

Daigle pitched nearly six innings. In that time, he gave up just four hits and three runs. Tyler Smith came in to relieve him, and he retired all four batters he faced.

In all, the duo forced Denham Springs to strand 10 runners on base throughout the course of the game.

From the plate, Foote led the way as he went 2-3 with an RBI. Babin was 1-3 with an RBI, and he also scored two runs.

The victory was followed with an 11-0 win over Thibodaux, a 13-3 victory over Catholic of Pointe Coupee and an 18-9 blowout of Westgate on Friday night.

The three wins upped their overall record to 11-11.

The win over the Hornets was their fourth straight, and it upped their overall record to 9-11 overall.