ACHS pitching shelled by potent Plaquemine bats

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Lauren Landry went 2-4 with an RBI in the loss. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Ascension Catholic hung with 4A Plaquemine blow for blow for much of the game, but in the fifth inning, the Lady Bulldogs' inexperience in the circle finally caught up with them.

The Lady Green Devils' bats caught fire, resulting in five hits--two of which were doubles. That flurry transformed a 4-4 tie into a 9-4 deficit for Ascension Catholic.

In the sixth, it only got worse.

Plaquemine hit for the cycle in that inning alone. Altogether, they piled up seven hits and six more runs to give them a dominating 15-4 lead.

A three-run blast by Isabelle Abadie got the Lady Bulldogs within seven runs, but they would get no closer. Plaquemine was able to ice away a 15-8 victory.

Ascension Catholic has had the arduous task of replacing an All-State pitcher in Julia Beck this season.

"We have four freshmen pitchers, and all we could throw were fast balls," Lady Bulldog head coach Don Henry said. "Off-speed pitches weren't working for us, so we got caught in a bind by having to do that. I have to give credit to Plaquemine. They came ready to hit. They deserved it. We definitely didn't play our best."

For Ascension Catholic, Lauren Landry was the only player to record multiple hits. She went 2-4 with an RBI.

Abadie went 1-2 with a walk, a home run and three RBIs, while Alicia Canatella finished 1-4 with their final RBI.

The defeat dropped Ascension Catholic to 4-8-1. All eight of their losses have come against 4A and 5A teams.

Though they have the losing record, the Lady Bulldogs are still 3-0 in district play.

They'll step back into league play this evening as they host a double-header against White Castle.