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Ascension Catholic head coach Todd Landry coaches in a 2017 game.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Ascension Catholic baseball has unfinished business

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs made a magical run to the Division 4 semifinals, eventually losing in extra innings to Central Catholic of Morgan City.

The 2017 team jelled late and had some great players in Landon Clifton, Nick Bellina, Ross Ponville and DJ Giroir.

“Last year’s team had an outstanding season culminated by a semifinal run. Great experience for all, especially helps with our returning players,” coach Todd Landry said.

The 2018 version of the Bulldogs return seniors Charlie Gianelloni, Bubba Gautreau, Nick Milano and Nick Lejeune. Gianelloni is an all-district selection who will be counted on with his arm and bat.

“Charlie will be a top guy on the mound for us and can swing the bat,” Landry said. “We have other all-district guys returning in junior Mason Zeringue, junior William Dunn and junior Rodney Blanchard — talented players that must step up this season. Mason received some all-state recognition; Blanchard and Dunn are infield guys that will hit early in the order.”

The Bulldogs return some players who are not as familiar but have talent.

“Newcomers on the mound will be Tre Medine, Hunter Walker, John Broussard, Bubba Gautreau and Jai Williams,” Landry said. Those players will fill some holes in the field and with their bats.

Junior John Mire, sophomore Brock Acosta and freshman Jacob Dunn have played early for the Bulldogs. Catching duties will be in good hands with junior Parker Hales, sophomore Owen Theriot and freshman Matthew Lafleur.

The Bulldogs went 21-13 last season and will continue to play a tough schedule. They have beaten 3A West Feliciana, 3A Brusly and Division 2 University High in the pre-district schedule.

“We challenge our team with a difficult pre-district schedule and our district will be tough again,” Landry said. “St. John, Ascension Christian and ourself will contend for the district title.”

The Bulldogs feel like they were right there last year and the team shirts have “unfinished business” on the back. The 2018 season may be the one to change that — time to play ball.

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Troy LeBoeuf covers sports for the Ascension Advocate. He can be reached at troyleboeuf@hotmail.com or ascension@theadvocate.com or on Twitter @Troyleboeuf.