Ascension players fill up all-district baseball teams

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Utility player Tyler Dixon is one of eight Gators to make the all-district team. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Much like in softball, the parish's baseball standouts have filled the all-district teams from top to bottom.

In District 5-5A, there were 27 Ascension players that made the cut.

Leading the charge were both East Ascension and Dutchtown. Each team had nine players make the all-district squad.

The Griffins had a topsy-turvy year that saw them endure a string of losses that landed them at 11-16 toward the end of the season. However, behind great pitching and defense, Dutchtown caught fire and ended the year on a five-game winning streak to enter the playoffs at .500.

But in the postseason, the Griffins fell to eventual state champion Barbe, 10-4, in the opening round.

Dutchtown got a first-team all-district selection at pitcher in their ace Dillon Abbess.

In the outfield, Brandt Fritsche made the first team along with utility player Nick Ourso.

Pitcher Hunter Sanford made the second team along with catcher Tyler Boeding.

From the infield, Caleb Ricca and Payton Stafford both made the second team, and so did utility players Conner Ghere and Dane Anderson.

East Ascension had an up-and-down season as well. After winning six straight to begin district play, they limped into the playoffs after losing four of their final five contests.

They were forced to go on the road in the opening round, where they played fourth-seeded Lafayette. Though they had a late lead, the Spartans fell, 2-1, in a heartbreaker to end their season.

Hayden Adams and Cole Holley each made the all-district first team as pitchers. Holley also made the first team as an infielder.

Austin McInnis made the first team at catcher while he made the second team as a pitcher.

Kade Waguespack made the all-district first team from the outfield, and Nicholls State signee Tristan Babin made the first team as a utility player.

Charles Stevens made the second team from the infield while both Ben Thompson and Noah Fontenot made it from the outfield.

Finally, Jorda LeBlanc made the second team as a utility player.

St. Amant was right behind East Ascension and Dutchtown with eight overall selections.

The Gators finished with the best regular-season record of the three Ascension squads in District 5-5A at 16-14.

In the opening round of the playoffs, they were beaten by 13th-seeded Acadiana. It denied their quest for three straight trips to at least the quarterfinals.

For St. Amant, Adam Sevario made the all-district first team from the infield. From the outfield, both Justin Duhon and Briggs Bourgeois were first-team selections.

Tyler Dixon was the final Gator first-teamer as a utility player.

Hayden Mallory made the second team as a pitcher while Brock Gonzales made it at catcher.

Brock Bowen made the second team from the infield, and Slade Gaudin made it from the outfield.

The parish's three 5A powers all had productive years, but it was actually Ascension Christian that had the most all-district selections among the parish's baseball teams. The Lions had 10 players make the All-District 8-1A squad.

Ascension Christian had a resurgent season as they finished 12-9 and made the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Despite a first-round exit, many of their players filled the all-district team.

Payton Bahlinger made the first team from the infield while Kagan Carter was selected from the outfield.

Utility player Josh Diez was the Lions' final first-team selection.

Mason Braud made the second team from the mound while Seth Mangrum made the second-team unit at catcher.

Micah Freeman was a second-team selection from the infield while Tyran Braud and Darrin Landry both made it from the outfield.

Finally, utility players Blake Barbier and Ryan Millbrooks each made the second team.