Ascension Catholic well-represented on all-district teams

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com

It was another great year to be a Bulldog as both the Ascension Catholic baseball and softball teams reached the 1A state quarterfinals.

With so much success throughout the season, it was no surprise when Bulldog baseball and softball players filled the All-District 8-1A teams from top to bottom.

The Lady Bulldogs bolstered the most selections with 10.

They had another immensely-productive season. After finishing as state runner-ups in 2014, Ascension Catholic made another impressive run this year.

The Lady Bulldogs went 18-3 during the regular season with one of those wins coming against 5A semifinalist and parish foe East Ascension. Their only three losses came to 3A Parkview Baptist, 4A Vandebilt Catholic and 5A Destrehan.

After the one-run loss to the Lady Wildcats, Ascension Catholic ended the season on an absolute tear--winning 14 straight games and capturing the district championship.

In the playoffs, they won their first two playoff games by a combined score of 25-0 and punched their ticket to the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56. It was there that the Lady Bulldogs lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to eventual state champion Central Catholic in the quarterfinals.

One of the reasons Ascension Catholic was so dominant throughout the season was because of the brilliance of pitcher Julia Beck. She went 19-3 with a 1.23 ERA. As a result, Beck was named District 8-1A Most Valuable Player.

Head coach Brandi Manry was named the district's Coach of the Year.

Along with Beck making the first team, catcher Ali Richard made it and from the infield, both Bailey Acosta and Maggie Blanchard made it.

From the outfield, both Rae'Shawn Melancon and Aimee Prejeant made the first team, and eighth-grade utility player Ceily Grisaffe was the Lady Bulldogs' final first-team selection.

Lauren Landry made the second team from the infield while Alicia Canatella made it from the outfield.

Finally, eighth-grade utility player Isabelle Abadie made the second team.

The Ascension Catholic baseball team had a memorable season as they fought out of an 0-6 early-season hole to make a second straight run to the state quarterfinals.

The Bulldogs were just 2-11 to start the year before they ended the regular season on a 12-5 tear.

They beat Houma Christian in the opening round of the playoffs and then upset third-seeded Hanson Memorial in the following round.

Unfortunately, they suffered the same fate as the softball team. They were beaten by Central Catholic by one run in the quarterfinals.

The Bulldogs' solid pitching down the stretch helped them make such a terrific run at the end of the season. That's why both Falcon Mire and Landon Clifton were both named first-team all-district pitchers.

Garrett Hales and Nick Bellina both made the first team from the infield while utility players Collin Landry and James Martin were also first-teamers.

Cole Amedee made the second team as a pitcher while Ross Ponville made the second team from the infield.

Finally, Austin Esquivel made the second team as a utility player.