Three Ascension Catholic players make All-State

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com

The All-State baseball and softball teams were released recently and as expected, Ascension parish was well-represented.

Three Ascension Catholic players made the cut.

In baseball, the Bulldogs experienced another tremendous season--making a second straight appearance in the quarterfinals.

Ascension Catholic showed terrific resiliency as they fought out of an 0-6 hole to start the season and even when their record plummeted to 2-11, they never lost hope.

They finished the year on a 12-5 tear and headed into the playoffs with momentum. They rode that momentum into the state quarterfinals, where they lost a tough one-run contest to Central Catholic in 10 innings.

One of the key components in the Bulldogs' memorable run was junior outfielder Collin Landry. Landry was the only Ascension Catholic baseball player to make the All-State team.

The first-teamer was also a first-team All-District 8-1A selection as he hit .356 with five doubles, two home runs and 26 RBIs.

The Ascension Catholic softball team placed two players on the All-State squad.

The Lady Bulldogs were once again one of the state's top teams as they made another run to the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56.

Last year, Ascension Catholic finished as state runner-ups. This season, they did their best to get over the hump as they went 18-3 during the regular season and won a district title.

However, the Lady Bulldogs' run ended in the state quarterfinals as they dropped a tough one-run contest to eventual champion Central Catholic.

Leading the charge all season for Ascension Catholic was their ace Julia Beck. Beck made first-team All-State as she went 19-3 with a stingy 1.23 ERA. She was also named District 8-1A MVP.

Along with Beck, Rae'Shawn Melancon was named to the first team as a utility player. Melancon hit .439 this season with five home runs and 30 RBIs.

Melancon was also a first-team all-district selection.