Three parish baseball players make All-Region 7 team
With so much great baseball in the parish this season, the summer has been filled with Ascension athletes being rewarded for their stellar play with postseason honors.
Next week, the Weekly Citizen will release its All-Parish baseball team. Before that happens, there was one more postseason squad that contained multiple parish baseball standouts.
Recently, the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association released its All-Region 7 Team, and three Ascension players made the cut.
The All-Region 7 squad is made up of high-school baseball players from six different parishes. These parishes include: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Iberville.
Two of the parish selections from this All-Region 7 team are from Ascension Catholic.
Senior Charlie Gianelloni made the squad from the infield. Gianelloni did so many things for the Bulldogs this past season.
He was one of their top pitchers. From the mound, Gianelloni went 9-2 and maintained a superb 2.38 ERA.
When he wasn’t pitching, he was a tremendous third-baseman for Ascension Catholic.
And from the plate, he was one of the team’s top hitters. He finished the year batting .402 with 47 RBIs and four home runs.
Joining him on the All-Region 7 team was teammate Mason Zeringue. The junior outfielder was also a first-team selection.
Zeringue has been starting for the Bulldogs since he was a freshman.
In addition to being an excellent fielder, Zeringue put up monster numbers offensively this season. He led the team with a .426 batting average, while supplying 33 RBIs. He also led the team with 49 runs scored.
Zeringue and Gianelloni were both instrumental in Ascension Catholic bringing home the program’s first state title since 1994.
The Bulldogs fought their way through a midseason slump to win their final 17 regular-season games.
After taking two of three over St. Mary’s in their first-round playoff series, they swept Sacred Heart to make it to Sulphur for a second straight season.
After beating second-seeded Ouachita Christian in the semifinal, the Bulldogs got revenge over top-seeded St. John in the championship game.
Ascension Catholic had lost both regular-season matchups against the Eagles in 2018, and they had lost four straight to them, dating back to last year.
This time, Ascension Catholic rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to collect a 4-3 win.
Gianelloni was named the championship game’s Most Outstanding Player.
Also making the All-Region 7 team was Dutchtown senior pitcher Jack Merrifield.
This was Merrifield’s first season as a full-time starter from the mound, and he made the most of it. He became the team’s ace and established himself as one of the best pitchers in the Baton Rouge area.
In just over 70 innings of work, Merrifield struck out 85 batters.
When he wasn’t pitching, Merrifield was a starter from the infield. He was also a consistent batter for the Griffins as he hit .310.
Dutchtown struggles at times this season, but when the playoffs came around, they ascended to another level.
The Griffins pulled off upsets over 10th-seeded Mandeville and seventh-seeded Northshore through the first two rounds.
They beat Northshore twice, despite the team only losing three games all season.
The series win pushed the Griffins on to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2014. There, they were beaten by second-seeded Sam Houston.