For the past three seasons, the Donaldsonville baseball program has been able to make strides and evolve from a undermanned ball club struggling to win games to a playoff team.
Two of the players that have been so instrumental in that transformation have been Tim Campbell and Trevon Mitchell. Now, as seniors, they walk away on a high note. Both players were recently named to the All-District 10-3A baseball squad.
Campbell and Mitchell were there three years ago when Donaldsonville began their resurgence under head coach Garrett Maum. In his first season, the Tigers went 12-2. Those 12 victories eclipsed the program's combined win total for the seven years prior (11).
In 2018, Donaldsonville went back to a full schedule and also began district play. The Tigers struggled to adapt, finishing the year at just 8-17 overall.
However, they were able to win one league contest. That marked the team's first district victory in more than a decade.
This past year, the Tigers turned things around and had the best season in the modern era of Donaldsonville baseball. The Tigers finished with a record of 17-11.
The 17 wins were the most for the program since at least 2000. Also, Donaldsonville won two district games.
But most importantly, the Tigers earned a playoff berth. It was the first time the program reached the postseason since 1986.
In the first round of the postseason, Donaldsonville had to make a road trip to face eighth-seeded Jena. The Tigers fought valiantly, but their season ended with a close 3-2 defeat.
Much of Donaldsonville's strong performance could be attributed to both Campbell and Mitchell.
"Our guys played their butts off. I couldn't have asked for more," Maum said. "Jena was extremely well-coached and played with lots of passion. However, our guys never flinched; we matched them blow for blow. We played with courage and never backed down.
"From the mound, Tim Campbell did his job--throwing strikes and making them put the ball in play. When they did, our defense stepped up to the challenge. Trevon Mitchell, our catcher, played a heck of a game. When they did get on base, he eliminated a lot with his play."
Campbell and Mitchell both made the all-district first team as utility players. This is the second year in a row that Campbell made the first team.
The two players have had very similar careers at Donaldsonville.
For the past three seasons, they have been the Tigers' top two pitchers. On days when they haven't pitched, they have played catcher.
In addition to being terrific from the field, Campbell and Mitchell have consistently been two of the Tigers' best hitters over the past three seasons.
Campbell and Mitchell have helped Donaldsonvile go 57-30 over the last three years. In the three years prior, the Tigers were just 3-28. That included a winless campaign in 2015.