White Castle falls to ACH in district opener

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
White Castle's Robert Franklin slides safely back to first base in the Bulldogs' District 9-1A loss to Ascension Christian on Thursday. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

WHITE CASTLE – White Castle sandwiched a 17-3 loss to Ascension Christian in their District 9-1A opener Thursday around their first victories of the season over Donaldsonville 16-9 Tuesday and McKinley 25-15 Saturday.

The Bulldogs (2-8, 0-1), under coach Corey MaGee, traveled to Ascension Catholic Tuesday before hosting St. John Thursday and Pointe Coupee Central Saturday, traveling to West St. John Monday and hosting East Iberville Wednesday.

"We are going to fight until the end till and they say we are out," MaGee said. "We have a young team. We have a lot of freshmen. I think we will get better with more games that we play. We just need plate appearances, at bats and more ground balls in game situations. We will get better with experience."

DeQuian Jackson took the loss for White Castle allowing 15 hits over four 1/3 innings. Jackson scored one run.

Robert Franklin allowed one hit in 2/3 innings of relief and was 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and two runs.

Brandon Foster was 2-for-3 and DaMicah Carter was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Dontrell Taylor had one RBI.

Seth Gaudin earned the win for the Lions striking out six in five innings. Gaudin also was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and RBIS.

Tyler Delaune was 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs and Caleb Bledsoe was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs.

Trace Trahan's triple opened the contest before Delaune lined to center. Gaudin's liner through the left infield made it 3-0 in the first inning.

Franklin advanced to third on an errant throw after beating out a strikeout and scored on Taylor's sacrifice fly to center. Foster beat out a grounder and Carter dropped a hit in front of right but they were left stranded.

Jackson snagged a liner on the bump and threw to first for a double play in the second but White Castle was retired in order in the bottom half.

Ascension Christian scored nine runs in the fourth. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on Carter's grounder after Jackson reached and Franklin doubled over left.