Bulldog athletes sign their letters of intent
Two Bulldog athletes from two different sports celebrated National Signing Day on Wednesday afternoon as both standouts inked their letters of intent and officially began their journeys to college athletics.
At the Ascension Catholic High School gym, both Mason Zeringue and Dillion Davis signed. Zeringued signed a baseball scholarship to LSU-Eunice, while Davis signed a football scholarship to Nicholls.
Though they signed to play different sports, they were teammates on a Bulldog football team that went 23-5 the last two seasons and reached back-to-back Division-IV state title games.
Davis started for the Bulldogs ever since he was a freshman.
By the time he became a junior, he had a breakout season that resulted in 87 tackles and 14 sacks. That was good enough to make him the Ascension Parish Defensive MVP for 2017.
Ascension Catholic followed up a splendid 2017 with an even better 2018. They went 9-1, finished as District 6-1A runner-up and reached another state championship game.
Davis flourished again as a senior. He made both second-team all-district and All-Parish.
The 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive lineman is now on his way to Nicholls.
“When I talk about Dillion to people, he’s a guy that any time he has ever seen me, he has looked me square in the eye and shook my hand," Ascension Catholic head baseball coach Todd Landry said. "He’s a very respectful young man. He has definitely earned the right to go play with the Nicholls Colonels, and I wish the best of luck to him.”
Zeringue was also an all-district football player for Ascension Catholic, but it's in baseball where he'll continue his career collegiately.
Like Davis in football, Zeringue has been a starter on the baseball squad ever since he was a freshman.
After being an all-district performer in his first two seasons, he had his biggest year as a junior.
The outfielder helped lead his team to the Division-IV state championship. It was the program's first title since 1994.
Individually, he was a first-team all-district, All-Parish and All-State performer as he hit .426 with 33 RBIs. He also scored 49 runs.
During the summer, he became a starter on Ascension Parish's Gauthier & Amedee American Legion baseball team. The team made a run to the World Series and reached the semifinals.
Unfortunately for Zeringue, he was forced to miss the latter part of the summer with a knee injury. Before the setback, he was leading the squad with a .488 batting average. He also had 26 RBIs, and he scored 33 runs.
“Mason is a perfect example of the term ‘student-athlete,'" Landry said. "He’s a kid with a 4.0 average. He’s done very well in school, and now he’s going to get the opportunity to go on and play at the next level. I think the sky’s the limit in all categories for him—not only in baseball, but in everything he does in the future. I could not be more proud.”
Zeringue is just one of many starters returning this season for the Ascension Catholic baseball team as they attempt to defend their Division-IV state title.