Ascension Parish baseball advances three teams to quarterfinals

Baseball in Ascension has always been strong and this is evident again with three teams advancing to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. St. Amant, Dutchtown and Ascension Catholic all advanced with series wins this past weekend.

The Gators, under coach Troy Templet, came in as the 19th seed and beat the No. 30 seed, HL Bourgeois in two games. The Gators won 7-5 and 12-0 behind strong relief pitching by Aaron Delaune in Game 1.

“Aaron was great in relief. He held them to one run after coming in the game in the fourth inning,” Templet said.

The Gators walked off with a suicide squeeze bunt by Alex LeBourgeois. Landon Lieux (2-2, two RBI) and Reed Babin (2-4, two RBI) led the Gators at the plate.

“Our players fought the whole game and scored in the final three innings to grind out the win, very exciting win,” Templet said.

Game 2 was not as anticlimactic as the Gators rolled 12-0 behind Southeastern baseball signee Zane Zeppuhar. Zeppuhar pitched five innings of shutout ball, allowing one hit. Lieux and Delaune led at the plate again along with Miles Murray (2-3).

“We started the game strong on the mound and offensively — never looked back,” Templet said. “We are playing well right now and I like our chemistry.”

The Gators advanced to play at Sulphur, the No. 6 seed, on Friday.

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs advanced by beating St. Mary’s with a 2-1 series win.

Charlie Gianelloni set the tone for AC with a 5-0 shutout, scattering two hits in Game 1. St. Mary’s held off AC in Game 2, winning 6-5. Tre Medine pitched a solid game but the Bulldogs’ defense, normally stellar, made some crucial errors to allow the Tigers to steal Game 2.

The Bulldogs started Rodney Blanchard in Game 3 and the junior responded. Blanchard scattered five hits in a 5-0 shutout. The impressive part of it was he didn’t walk anyone and went to a three-ball count on one hitter.

Gianelloni, William Dunn, Mason Zeringue and Blanchard had multi-hit games for Ascension Catholic in the series.

“Our starting pitching was outstanding all weekend and our defense played perfect two of the three games,” coach Todd Landry said. “Offensively, we hit the ball hard consistently through the weekend. Those ingredients allowed us to take the series.”

“All of the Division IV quarterfinals will be good series. We play a very good team in Sacred Heart — they play the game the right way,” Landry said.

The Bulldogs will host No. 6 seed Sacred Heart Ville Platte at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3. The series will continue Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. if needed.

Dutchtown came into its series as a underdog at the No. 23 seed against No. 7 seed Northshore. All the Griffins did was win 5-4 and 3-2.

Frank Miller, of Dutchtown, came up with a huge two-run double in the Griffins 3-2 win. Pitcher Jack Merrifield went the distance for the Griffins and stymied the bats of a really good Northshore team.

The Griffins swept the series and will play No. 2 Sam Houston on the road starting Friday.

Follow the coverage of the prep baseball playoffs in the sports section of The Advocate.

Ascension Catholic High School track and field highlights

Results from District 6-1A meet at Hammond High School, held April 19

  • GIRLS: Ariane Linton, first in 100-meter, first in 200-meter and first in 400-meter; Whitney Eure, third in 400-meter, second in 800-meter and second in 3,200-meter; Haley Dupre (district MVP), first in 800-meter, first in 1,600-meter, first in 3,200-meter and fourth in 300-meter hurdles; Jenna Comeaux, second in 1,600-meter; Caroline Mistretta, second in javelin; Stephanie Breaux, third in high jump; and Stephanie Breaux, Whitney Eure, Victoria Eure and Ariane Linton, first in 4x400-meter relay
  • BOYS: Thomas Daigle, first in 800-meter and first in 3,200-meter; Aaron Landry, second in 3,200-meter; Chase Walker, first in 1,600-meter; Nick Hilliard, fourth in shot put; Slater Blanchard, first in pole vault; Eric Simon, second in pole vault; and Alex Cedotal, Andre’ Giroir, Chase Walker and Thomas Daigle, third in 4x400-meter relay

Results and state qualifiers from regional track meet at Ponchatoula High School, held April 24

  • GIRLS: Ariane Linton, first in 100-meter and first in 200-meter; Whitney Eure, third in 400-meter; and Haley Dupre, third in 1,600-meter and second in 800-meter; and Whitney Eure, Victoria Eure, Stephanie Breaux and Ariane Linton, first in 4x400-meter relay
  • BOYS: Eric Simon, first in pole vault; Slater Blanchard, second in pole vault; and Thomas Daigle, first in 800-meter

Ascension Catholic Middle School track and field

Results from Baton Rouge Private School Track and Field Championship Meet at Port Allen High School, held April 26

  • JUNIOR GIRLS: Michelle Daigle, second in 800-meter and third in long jump
  • JUNIOR BOYS: Luke Templet, second in discus and third in shot put; and Tyler Thibodeaux, second in 800-meter and third in 1-mile
  • SENIOR BOYS: Trevion Jacob, third in long jump; Casey Mays, third in 100-meter; and Troy Cole, fifth in long jump

Results from St. Michael Meet

  • JUNIOR GIRLS: Michelle Daigle, second in long jump and second in 800-meter; and Sydney Viallon, fifth in 1,600-meter
  • JUNIOR BOYS: Luke Templet, second in discus and eighth in shot put; and Tyler Thibodeaux, second in 1,600-meter and third in 800-meter
  • SENIOR BOYS: Trevion Jacob, second in long jump, eighth in 200-meter and ninth in 100-meter; Troy Cole, sixth in long jump and 10th in 200-meter; and Casey Mays, sixth in 200-meter and seventh in 100-meter

Ascension Catholic softball season ends in semis

The Ascension Catholic Lady Bulldogs’ softball season ended at Frasch Park in Sulphur, losing to eventual Division IV runner-up False River, 6-2.

The Bulldogs, under coach Don Henry, advanced to the semis by beating Central Catholic Morgan City 11-3 in the quarterfinals.

The loss to False River ended the career of seniors Bailey Acosta, Lauren Landry, Abigail Landry and Alicia Canatella.

Ascension Catholic ended the season with a record of 23-10.

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