Bulldogs beat district rival St. John to claim state title

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Friday night's victory was Ascension Catholic's third state title win. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Three was the magic number for Ascension Catholic on Friday night.

In their third game of the season against district rival St. John, the Bulldogs battled back from a 2-0 sixth-inning deficit to earn a thrilling 4-3 victory. The win captured Ascension Catholic their third ever baseball state title.

The Bulldogs lost both meetings against the Eagles during the regular season, and things looked bleak early in Friday night’s Division-IV title game in Sulphur.

A throwing error gave way to two St. John runs in the first to put Ascension Catholic in a quick 2-0 hole.

This deficit lasted until the top of the sixth inning. Heading into the frame, they had just one hit.

Mason Zeringue then led off with a single. He eventually scored on a double by Charlie Gianelloni. Gianelloni later scored on a passed ball to tie the game.

To end the inning, the Bulldogs took their first lead on an RBI single by Tre’ Medine.

However, St. John tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Another Bulldog error allowed the run to score.

In the top of the seventh, Parker Hales led off with a double. He was joined on base by William Dunn, who walked.

Dunn eventually scored on an RBI single by Rodney Blanchard that gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 advantage.

With the lead, Gianelloni closed out the game from the mound. He pitched one and two-third innings of shutout baseball.

He was also 1-3 with an RBI from the plate. This led to him being named the game’s Most Outstanding Player.

Before Gianelloni took over on the mound, Blanchard went five and a third innings, only giving up six hits. Both runs scored against him were unearned.

Brock Acosta was the only player in the game with multiple hits. He went 2-3.

This is Ascension Catholic’s first state title since 1994.