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ASH Baseball 2014

 Overall Record:   24-6    District Record: 9-3    LHSAA Power-rank: #7    LBCA Rank: #5 (4/16/2014)

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten

and be considered a good performer.  ~Ted Williams


State Semi-finalist: 9 years

1987, 1988*, 1989*, 1990**, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2001**, 2002 

* State Champions      ** State Runner-up

District Champions: 20 years 

Welcome to Alexandria Senior High School ("ASH")Varsity Baseball Team. A progressive varsity prep baseball program in Alexandria, Louisiana. Head Baseball Coach:Joey Lee


Check this site regularly for news, schedules, scores, and standings of the 2012 ASH baseball team. ALBUMS may be viewed or downloaded of action pictures of games throughout the year. Game schedules may be printed for your reference.

"Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical." Yogi Berra

"If you don't win the big one ... you haven't done anything," Coach Daniel Tomlin

ASH BASEBALL TRADITION
State Championship: 1988, 1989
State Runner-up: 1990, 2001.
State Semi-finalist: 1987, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002
District Champs: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007*, 2008, 2012*

Longest Winning streak: 47 games from 1988 to 1990

Coaches:
1982-1983                 Ken Rollins
1984-1985                 Jay Braham
1986-2004                 Don Boniol
2005-2012                 Daniel Tomlin
2013 (partial year)     John Michael Collins

2013-present              Joey Lee


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Alexandria Senior High School
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Principal Duane Urbina
Assistant Principal Josh Rushing
Assistant Principal Curriculum Coordinator Ollie McGhee
Athletic Director VACANT
Head Baseball Coach Joey Lee

Guidance Counselor Wendy Tannehill
Guidance Counselor Vickie Thompson
School Secretary Durinda Johnson
Guidance Office Clerk Kim Brewer
School Secretary Susan Liotta

Attendance Clerk Cynthia Aderhold
      
Hours of Operation   7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
School Colors   Purple and Gold
School Mascot   Trojans
School Uniform (shirt) Colors   White and Purple
Pants   Navy or Khaki

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Monday, April 21
Shifting focus: Alexandria Senior High drops 1st district series, looks toward postseason

ASH drops 1st district series, looks toward postseason

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Alexandria Senior High's Matthew Beck (25, right) is congratulated by teammates after he hit a home run, following against Ruston High on Saturday. Trojans' Chris Dodson, who batted before Beck, also hit a home run.
Alexandria Senior High's Chris Dodson hits his first home run of the season against Ruston High on Saturday as the Trojans split a District 2-5A baseball doubleheader. / Photos by Melinda Martinez/mmartinez@thetowntalk.c

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Joey Lee knows his team’s chances of winning a District 2-5A baseball championship took a major blow on Saturday, but it’s time for Alexandria Senior High to look toward the playoffs.

The Trojans (23-6, 9-3) split a home doubleheader against Ruston, winning 5-2 before falling 7-3, but with the Bearcats’ win in the first game of the series on Thursday, Ruston took a commanding two-game lead in the district standings with only three games to play. Ruston (19-11, 11-1) will play third-place Pineville this week, while the Trojans will face Ouachita.

Both series are scheduled for single games over three days beginning on Wednesday. Ruston will host two games, while ASH will be on the road twice.

“This one hurt,” admitted Lee, who’s in his first season as the Trojans’ coach. “... Ruston’s a great team.”

ASH grabbed the win in the first game of the doubleheader behind a complete-game performance from senior Trace Carter, who gave up five hits and no earned runs while running his record to 7-0 on the season. The Trojans got back-to-back home runs from Chris Dodson and Matthew Beck in the fourth inning and scored three unearned runs off Ruston starter Doc Wilkerson (6-1) in the sixth inning after Ruston had tied the game at 2.

The victory in the first game gave ASH an opportunity to grab a share of the district lead going into the final week of the regular season. Instead, the Bearcats pounded the ball behind a 3-for-4 showing from senior first baseman and Louisiana-Monroe signee David Michael Burkhalter, who had two doubles and three RBI in the second game.

Lee said Wilkerson did a good job of keeping the Trojans off-balance in the first game, but they had good approaches at the plate and finally put some hits together. Eight of the Trojans’ 11 hits went to the opposite field, including both of the home runs.

The second game was a different story, however. Lee said the Trojans didn’t make good adjustments and went away from the team’s philosophy of looking for base hits to the opposite field. Ruston senior pitcher Garrett Soileau (6-1) took advantage, throwing a complete game with six hits and only one earned run.

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ASH senior Reuben Edwards (5-2) suffered his second loss in the past three games. Edwards gave up five hits and six runs (five earned) in 413 innings before being knocked out of the game by Burkhalter’s second RBI double of the game.

Ruston coach Toby White said he was pleased with the way his team responded after dropping the first game Saturday.

“The kids responded real well. I’m real pleased with them,” he said. “(ASH is) a great ball club. They never panicked. They came back. Their kids played hard. ... We got some clutch hits to kind of give Soileau a little cushion.”

The Trojans now need to sweep Ouachita this week and hope their main rival, Pineville, can take at least two out of three games from Ruston in order to stay alive in the district race.

“We definitely feel really good, but we also know we’ve got three games left,” Burkhalter said. “We’re going out to win ’em. We’re not going to lay down.”

White, whose team is the defending district champion, said each season the 2-5A race comes down to the final weekend, and this year is no exception.

“Every weekend’s big,” he said.

But these final three games are the biggest of the district race, and also will play huge roles as the teams position themselves for the playoffs. With two wins over No. 5 ASH, Ruston likely will move up from its 16th spot and will have a chance to clinch a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

ASH, meanwhile, will try to move past its first district series loss of the season and get three more victories in hopes of climbing as high in the power ratings as possible and clinching a top-five seed in the playoffs.

Senior center fielder Kevin VanAsselberg, who had three hits, stole two bases and scored a run on Saturday, said the Trojans have a new goal — finish the season 11-0 and win the state title.

“We had a 15-game winning streak at the beginning of the season,” said VanAsselberg, ASH’s leadoff batter and leading hitter. “We got hot. It starts one game at a time. We’ve got to have every player doing his job — not just four. We’ve got to have all nine players, even the dugout guys. That’s the team.”

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“We’re hungry. We just lost two games to Ruston, so we’re hungry,” said Lee, a former Ouachita star who will return home to Monroe to face his alma mater on Wednesday and Friday. “You’ve got to move forward because in baseball, it’s a game. You’re gonna win some and lose some, but you’ve gotta move forward. There are 11 games left in our season, and that’s our goal, to get to the state tournament and win it.”

 

District 2-5A Standings

Team Dist. Overall
Ruston 11-1 19-11
ASH 9-3 23-6
Pineville 7-5 13-16
NCHS 4-8 13-12
Ouachita 3-9 16-15
W. Monroe 2-10 13-17


Saturday, April 12
ASH Baseball Sets Comeback for the History Books

ASH Baseball currently the 4th ranked team in the state in its new Class 5A, has put one in the history books as they comeback from a 12-9 deficit in the 7th inning to tie the game and win it in the 8th.

Series Game 3 of the Natchitoches Chiefs as ASH already had in the bag the win for the series as ASH won the first two games. But the Trojans had a statement to make after losing Game 3 against Pineville to prevent the district sweep last weekend. Fist year Head Coach Joey Lee didn't want to get into that funk of securing the series with 2 wins then laying down for the 3rd game. Starter Rueben Edwards was pitching well but the Chiefs were aggressive at the plate determined to keep the power-ranked Trojans from getting the sweep. Edwards left the mound after 3 innings with his team in the lead 5-3. Sophomore relief pitcher Matt Beck came in the 4th and extended the lead to 9-4. However, things begin to get hairy in the 5th and 6th and Beck was relieved in the 6th inning with the Trojans relinquishing its lead 10-9 to the Chiefs. Blake Painter got the Trojans to the 7th inning after the bats came alive and scored 3 runs to even the score as 12-12 at the end of regulation. Painter held the Chiefs in check in the 7th and the bats stayed hot. Relief pitcher Blake Painter after pitching relief in the 7th came through with his bat and hit a 2-run double to pull the Trojans ahead 14-12. Thursday starter Aaron Armstrong came in to close and secured the lead holding the Chiefs scoreless in the bottom of the 8th getting his 2nd win of the 3-game series and the sweep.

ASH goes to 22-4 and 8-1 in district only 1/2 game behind the Ruston Bearcats who are undefeated in district. 



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Saturday, April 12
Alexandria Senior baseball hammers Natchitoches Central, goes for sweep today

Written by Bret H. McCormick

 

After losing two games last week, fourth-ranked Alexandria Senior High has rediscovered its groove.

The Trojans hammered the ball and Natchitoches Central Friday night, pounding out seven extra-base hits in a 9-1 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the District 2-5A series. ASH goes for the sweep today when the two teams meet in Natchitoches at noon.

ASH (21-4, 7-1 2-5A) saw its 15-game winning streak end last week in a road loss to West Ouachita, and the Trojans also dropped the third game of a district series against rival Pineville. Trojans coach Joey Lee said those setbacks may have refocused his team.

After losing to the Rebels last Saturday, Lee challenged his team to sweep the remainder of its district series, and the Trojans responded to his challenge.

“When I said something about sweeping every weekend in district, that puts us in the driver’s seat,” Lee said. “It seems like that’s made us hungry.”

The Trojans defeated NCHS 5-3 on Thursday and then jumped on top of the Chiefs (12-9, 3-5) on Friday with three runs in the first inning. That proved to be more than enough for senior pitcher Trace Carter, who improved to 6-0 on the season after giving up just two hits and one unearned run while striking out nine batters.

ASH put together three consecutive RBI extra-base hits in the first inning. Senior designated hitter Aaron Armstrong belted an RBI double, Carter followed with an RBI triple and senior third baseman Reuben Edwards added an RBI double.

The three-run first inning allowed Carter to relax on the mound, and he cruised the rest of the way. He gave up a double to Conner Collins in the second inning, and Collins scored on an error, but the Chiefs never threatened again.

“It’s easy to pitch when you’re ahead. You just throw strikes,” Lee said.

“When it’s a tie ball game, one mistake can give up the lead and have you down in a hole,” Carter said. “Having a 3-0 lead definitely makes you relax.”

ASH answered the Chiefs’ run in the second inning with an RBI single by Armstrong to make the score 4-1 and then put the game away with five runs in the sixth. Senior center fielder Kevin VanAsselberg belted his second home run of the season to put the Trojans up 6-1, while Carter added an RBI double later in the inning.

 Armstrong and Carter both went 3-for-4 in the game with two RBI. Carter had a double and a triple, while Armstrong had a double. Edwards went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and VanAsselberg went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.

Carter said last week the Trojans got away from Lee’s philosophy of using the opposite field and getting base hits into the gaps. Instead, he said, they were trying to pull the ball and hit home runs. This week, ASH has returned to its philosophy, and that’s paid off.

“We’re finally having good (at-bats),” Carter said.

Natchitoches Central coach Kelly Spann said ASH is a “really good team,” but the Chiefs helped a little bit on Friday. They dug themselves a hole, and though NCHS has shown a tendency to fight back from deficits, bad at-bats hindered that effort on Friday.

“We haven’t swung the bats well the last couple of games,” he said.

The Chiefs will look to avoid their second 2-5A sweep today. They opened district play getting swept by district leader Ruston before taking all three games from Ouachita last weekend. Today’s game is important to avoid not only a second sweep but falling three games under .500 in district and farther down the 5A power ratings.

“I like our team,” Spann said. “I like a lot of what we’re trying to do. We’re just in a little slump right now. Hopefully, we can bust out of it tomorrow.”

 
 
 


Thursday, April 10
ASH Baseball Hits Milestone-Gets 20 wins

Not since 2008 has the ASH Baseball team gotten 20 wins in a season. Tonight ASH got its 20th win for the first time since 2008 and the fastest to get to 20th wins since the ASH Baseball heyday of the late 1980's and 90's.

Blake Painter hit his 2nd homerun of the season and Aaron Armstrong got another complete game win.

ASH found itself down 1-0 until the 3rd inning when Blake Painter hit a solo homer over left field. Leadoff hitter Kevin VanAsselberg then hits a single followed by a Justin McQuillin single, an Armstrong sac bunt, a Trace Carter single, and a Rueben Edwards triple.

McQuillin scored again in the 5th inning to take a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning. Natchitoches managed to score 2 runs thanks to some free bases and a passed ball. But then starter Armstrong struck out the next 2 batters to end the scoring threat. Armstrong returned in the 7th innings and shut the Chiefs out getting the win 5-3.

ASH will host Natchitoches on Friday and return to Natchitoches to end the 3-game series.  



Monday, April 7
Pineville High thwarts Alexandria's 7th-inning rally

Pineville High's J.T. Moreau (12) slides under the tag of Alexandria Senior High catcher Trace Carter (24) as Pineville's Daniel Moran looks on in the Rebels' 4-2 win over ASH on Saturday. / Melinda Martinez/mmartinez@thetowntalk.com

After not allowing a runner past second base and throwing a shutout through six innings, the Pineville High senior pitcher had given up three straight hits and watched as Alexandria Senior High brought the tying run to the plate.

No problem, as Edwards sat down the meat of the Trojans’ lineup with three straight outs for a 4-2 win as the Rebels (8-14, 2-3 District 2-5A) avoided a three-game sweep against their main rivals.

“I stepped off the mound a little bit and calmed down,” said Edwards, who gave up seven hits and two runs to pick up his first win of the season. “I focused on my mechanics and not overthrowing.”

“BJ didn’t get rattled,” Pineville coach Keith Hood said. “He was on today. He pitched like a pitcher. ... He pitched with poise the whole game. He never got rattled and did a great job.”

Senior Blake Painter led off the top of the seventh for ASH with a single to right field, bringing up the top of the Trojans’ lineup. Senior Kevin VanAsselberg roped a double down the line in right field, and senior Justin McQuillin followed with a two-run single to right. After McQuillin advanced to second base on the throw home, ASH (19-4, 5-1) had a runner in scoring position and the tying runner at the plate with no outs.

But Edwards (1-3) bore down, getting Aaron Armstrong and Trace Carter to fly out before Reuben Edwards popped out to third base to end the game.

ASH coach Joey Lee said BJ Edwards did a good job of throwing strikes all game, but he said the Trojans were “horrible at the plate today.”

“We brought the tying run to the plate,” Lee said. “We just didn’t execute. We were swinging for the fences instead of getting base hits.”

It was the second loss of the week for the Trojans, who are ranked fourth in Class 5A by the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association and fifth in the LHSAA’s unofficial power ratings. ASH lost 1-0 at West Ouachita, the third-ranked team in Class 4A, on Tuesday before winning two straight over Pineville and losing Saturday.

The loss dropped the Trojans to second in District 2-5A after Ruston wrapped up its second straight district sweep on Saturday to move to 6-0. ASH plays at Bastrop on Tuesday before returning to 2-5A action next weekend against Natchitoches Central. The Trojans play a three-game series against Ruston on the weekend of April 19, playing at Ruston on Thursday, April 17 before hosting the Bearcats for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 19.

Reuben Edwards (4-1) took the loss for the Trojans, giving up four hits and two earned runs.

Pineville took the lead in the third inning when senior J.T. Moreau hit a two-out, two-run home run, his second of the season. Reuben Edwards had plunked BJ Edwards with two outs before Moreau turned on the first pitch he saw and belted it over the fence in left-center field to put the Rebels up 2-0. They added two more runs in the fifth inning. After Pineville loaded the bases with no outs, Reuben Edwards nearly pitched out of the jam. He induced two straight grounders, one to third and another to first, where the Trojans were able to cut down the lead runner at home. A third grounder was mishandled at first base, however, and the error allowed BJ Edwards and Moreau to score on the play.

After losing the first two games of the series, Hood said he challenged his team — especially his seniors, who likely were playing ASH for the final time in their careers — to avoid the sweep.

“We really wanted to beat ASH,” BJ Edwards said. “There’s always been a rivalry between us. They beat us last year. We didn’t want to end our senior year with them sweeping us.”

Hood said Saturday’s win could be a “big boost” for the Rebels, proving that they have the ability to beat anybody in the state. They hope to continue the momentum on Tuesday when they resume a district game at Ouachita that was suspended last week due to lightning.

The game will continue with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, the bases loaded with Rebels and Pineville trailing 6-5. If the Rebels can rally for a victory, they will win the series against Ouachita after the two teams split the first two games, and Pineville will even its District 2-5A record at 3-3.



Friday, April 4
ASH Baseball Puts on Hitting Clinic-Slaughters Rebels 12-3

The ASH Baseball coming off a close victory last night in Game 1 of a 3-game series, came out tonight with an attitude and basically put on a hitting clinic against the Pineville Rebels.

The Rebels put 3-runs on the scoreboard at the beginning of the game but afterwards starter Trace Carter adjusted to the game and the definition of the umpire's strike zone,and honed in to shut down the Rebels keeping them scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Pineville took a lead into the bottom of the 2nd inning 3-0. By the bottom of the 4th with the score 3-1, Shortstop Matthew Beck drove in the 2nd run of the game with a single to right field. Blake Painter then hti a RBI single to take the lead for good to 4-3.

Later Sr. centerfield Kevin VanAsselberg hit his first career homerun over right centerfield fence, shot that scored 2 runs putting the Trojans ahead 6-3.

Bottom of 6, Blake Painter doubles to left driving another run to make the score 7-3. Justin McQuillin hit a sacrifice fly to score another run from third. 8-3.

Leading hitter Blake Painter whent 3 for 3. Kevin VanAsselberg had a 2-run homerun. Matt Beck, Aaron Armstrong, and Rueben Edwards had 2 hits, and Trace Carter had one hit.

ASH wns this series and plays tomorrow night at Pineville at 7PM.

ASH - 12    Pineville - 3 

WP  Trace Carter 7IP (CG) 3R

 



Thursday, April 3
ASH Baseball Jumps 2 spots to #4 for April 2 Coaches Poll

ASH Baseball in its first year competing in Class 5A, the largest classification of schools in Louisiana, has moved up two spots in the La. Baseball Coaches Association weekly poll.

ASH jumps to #4 up from #6 in the previous poll. Apparently the sweep of the West Monroe Rebels gained some respect in the coaches across the state.

LBCA Coaches Poll #4  (4/2/2014) 



Thursday, April 3
ASH Wins Game 1 vs. Pineville Rebels 2-1

The Trojan bats didn't produced a lot of hits nor runs but it was enough for Senior pitcher Aaron Armstrong to notch another win. Armstrong pitched a complete game only allowing 1 run on 3 hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks.

The bottom of the order again produced the runs needed to win the game. In the top of the 4th inning #7 hole hitter Matt Beck hit a line drive up the middle to centerfield to lead off the inning. Nine hole hitter senior designated hitter Blake Painter hit a sharp grounder to shortstop that was too hot to handle to put two on base. Leadoff hitter Kevin VanAsselberg then lace a hard shot to right centerfield gap driving in 2 runs and marking him a triple.

Armstrong held the Rebels scoreless through 6 innings on 2 hits but gave up a leadoff triple in the bottom of the 7th that advanced to home plate on a dugout through in the attempt to third. Armstrong then retired the remaining batters for win #1 of the 3-game series.

ASH goes to 18-3 and 4-0 in district. ASH will host the Rebels tomorrow night at 6 PM and will finish the series in Pineville on Saturday night at 7 PM.

ASH - 2    Pineville-1

WP  Aaron Armstrong-CG, 7IP, ER, 3H, 2BB, 5K

 



Wednesday, April 2
No. 2 West Ouachita Overcomes #5 ASH Trojans in extra innings 1-0

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Sophomore pitcher Matt Beck did his job holding the Class 4A #2 power-ranked West Ouachita team scoreless for a regulation 7 innings. However, West Ouachita pitching their ace kept the ASH bats off balance for most of the evening with the Trojans never really mounting any scoring threats. In the top of the 8th with a runner on 1st, shortstop Blake Painter hit a hard line shot to centerfield that appeared it may drop in for a hit, but the centerfielder made a good play on it. Centerfielder Kevin VanAsselberg then hit into a fielders choice to end the scoring threat.

In the bottom of the 8th with Beck still on the mound, he gave up a "seeing eye" single that was a high hopper over 3rd baseman's head with 2 outs. The runner stole 2nd on what is believed to be a tag out when catcher Trace Carter made the throw a little high to 2nd but looked like they got the tag. However, Coach Joey Lee arguing the call did not change the umpire's mind and left the runner in scoring position. Coach Lee then called the outfield in to protect the runner from scoring but the West Ouachita batter then burned centerfielder Kevin VanAsselberg with a flyball over his head to score the winning run and hand the Trojans only their 3rd loss on the season. Game 1-0.

ASH Baseball will face river rival Pineville Rebels in a 3-game district series on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday's game will be in Pineville.

ASH goes to 17-3 on the season and remain 3-0 in District 2-5A play.



Monday, March 31
Alexandria sweeps West Monroe, wins 15th in a row

Written by

Bret H. McCormick

Joey Lee has a pretty simple philosophy that he believes will help his team win a district championship.

Win the weekend.

He might want to adjust that to sweep the weekend the way Alexandria Senior High is playing.

The fifth-ranked Trojans won both games of a home doubleheader on Saturday, 3-2 and 5-2, to sweep the opening District 2-5A baseball series from 10th-ranked West Monroe HIgh and improve to 17-2 on the season, 3-0 in district play. ASH won 7-4 at West Monroe on Friday night.

West Monroe (10-9, 0-3), which was a 5A semifinalist last year, grabbed the lead in both games. The Rebels led 2-1 early in the first game of the doubleheader and 2-1 late in the second game before ASH rallied to win both games.

“I’m excited for our guys because we came back and competed,” said Lee, who said his team’s motto is to win at least two of every three-game district series. “We were down in both games and found a way to win.”

“We come out no matter what with our heads high and take pride in the name on the front of our jersey,” said sophomore shortstop Matthew Beck, who delivered clutch hits in both of the victories.

With the first game tied at 2 in the bottom of the fifth, Beck hit a solo home run the opposite way down the right-field line for the game-winning run. After Aaron Armstrong had given ASH a 3-2 lead with a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth in the second game, Beck crushed a double to the wall in center field to score two more runs.

West Monroe coach Ross Blankenship said the Rebels didn’t show any killer instinct on Saturday.

“I felt like the whole weekend we just really were playing not to lose, not playing to win,” Blankenship said.

The Trojans also got standout pitching performances from seniors Trace Carter and Reuben Armstrong. Carter gave up just three hits in a complete-game performance, allowing two runs in the second inning and retiring the final 13 batters he faced. Armstrong also allowed only three hits and gave up just one earned run. Both pitchers improved to 4-0 on the season.



Monday, March 31
Alexandria Senior High wins 2-5A baseball opener over West Monroe

Written by

Cody Futrell

Gannett Louisiana

WEST MONROE — Untimely errors and an inability to collect the timely hits doomed West Monroe Thursday as Alexandria Senior High fended off every possible Rebel rally for a 7-4 win to open District 2-5A play.

West Monroe trimmed a five-run deficit down to 6-3 on a two-run double by third baseman Dylan Snowden in the bottom of the sixth. It was the only inning West Monroe (10-7, 0-1 in 2-5A) managed more than a single run as ASH starter Aaron Armstrong silenced the Rebel bats most of the night.

Armstrong threw a complete game, giving up just six hits and allowed only two earned runs while striking out five Rebels to improve his record to 4-0 on the season.

ASH coach Joey Lee had pegged West Monroe as the Trojans’ chief competition in District 2-5A, so going on the road and getting a win over the Rebels was big.

“It was a great atmosphere,” Lee said. “It wasn’t a totally packed house, but they had a lot of fans there. They filled up most of the whole stadium.”

“We’re playing some great baseball,” Lee added. “We’re doing the little things right — bunting and getting guys around, throwing strikes and getting guys out.”

“We got their (ASH) best game tonight, and we didn’t even come close to playing our best game,” West Monroe coach Ross Blankenship said. “We have to do a better job of playing the game.”

Five errors committed by West Monroe plagued the defense as well as the Rebels struggled to support starting pitcher Dustin Mitchell.

“We didn’t do a good job of executing tonight,” Blankenship said. “ASH did a good job of executing on offense, then with our offense we didn’t get the timely hits we needed.”

The Rebels thought a rally was in the works in the fifth with singles by Snowden and centerfielder Zach Ainsworth, but the fifth-ranked Trojans (15-2, 1-0) forced a double play on a ground ball hit by shortstop Taylor Young and later struck out West Monroe catcher Nick Schexnaider to end the inning.

Snowden led West Monroe at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Designated hitter Jacob Pearson went 2-for-4. A pair of sophomores led the Trojans at the plate, as shortstop Matthew Beck had two hits and two RBI while designated hitter Steven Arnold collected a pair of RBI. Senior catcher Trace Carter also had a pair of RBI in the Trojans’ victory.

“When we aren’t making plays or getting the big hits when we need them, it is tough to win,” Blankenship said. “And give ASH credit. They are playing well and executing right now.”

Lee said Friday night’s win sets up a “huge day” today, assuming the weather allows the two teams to play their scheduled 1 p.m. doubleheader at ASH.

“Our whole goal is to win the weekend,” Lee said. “We want to win three out of three, but at least two out of three, so we want to win at least one game if not both.”

Blankenship, meanwhile, said with better execution the Rebels can come out on top today.

“If we get better effort and execution, we can take two (today),” Blankenship said. “We have to play better.”

 



Friday, March 28
#5 ASH Baseball Opens New 5A District with win over West Monroe 7-4

On a one-night delay in the opening of District 2-5A, the ASH Trojans travelled to begin district play at powerhouse West Monroe. In the 5A format ASH will play 3-game series in Class 5A for the first time in ASH's storied history.

The #5 power-ranked and #6 LBCA ranked team in the state made a statement tonight in West Monroe. ASH Baseball can compete in their new Class 5A, the largest division in the state of Louisiana. Senior pitcher Aaron Armstrong was on the mound and was dominate through 6 innings only allowing the Rebels to 1 run. The bats remained hot tonight as ASH jumped to a 5-1 lead by the 5th inning and extended their run count to 6 & 7 over the next two innings.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, 2 unearned runs scored with Armstrong's 3rd out on a strike-out pitch that was dropped and then overthrown to first base. Two unearned runs scored tightening the score to 6-3 going into the top of the 7th. ASH however scored a run in the 7th getting one of those runs back. With the score 7-3 going into bottom of 7, starter Armstrong remained on the mound to close the game. After hitting th lead-off batter on a 2-2 count, Armstrong finished the course and closed out the game but not before another unearned run scored.

Fnal score 7-4.

ASH needs only win one game on Saturday to capture the series.

ASH goes to 15-2 and 1-0 in district and is currently power-ranked #5 and this week's first La. Baseball Coaches poll places ASH at #6. 



Sunday, March 23
ASH Baseball Continues Dominate Play-Goes 4-0 in Prestigious Sulphur Tournament

ASH Baseball continues its domination with great pitching, stellar defense, and hot bats.

ASH opened the Sulphur Tournament play on Thursday night with Aaron Armstrong on the mound. Facing a good Haughton team, Armstrong held them to 2 runs while the Trojans bats scored 9 runs. ASH-9   Haughton-2

ASH had a double header on Friday facing Airline and Minden.

In Game 1, Trace Carter took the mound with Justin McQuillin behind the plate to defeat Airline 12-4. ASH got its first homerun of the season with Senior left-fielder Blake Painter hit a deep shot over the left field wall. It was also the #9 hitter's first career homerun. Hits were hard with center-fielder Kevin VanAssleberg hitting the wall in center just shy of a homerun.

In Game 2, Rueben Edwards starting and held the Minden team in check only allowing 1 run. However, the Minden ace kept the hot bats off balance all night going into the 7th inning tied 1-1. The Trojans could only mangage 3 hits off their ace until the 7th inning. Then the Trojans got to their pitcher belting out 8-9 hits and score 7 runs in the 7th inning to take the lead 8-1 and the win. 

Saturday's matchup included another tough match-up against Shreveport's Parkway team. Starting pitcher sophomore Matthew Beck looked sharp with a stellar defense behind him to hold Parkway scoreless for 6 innings for the win. Blake Painter pitched the 7th to get a Save. Two runs was all the Trojans could muster with a lot of balls hit hard but just right to people. Parkway had a centerfielder that covered a lot of ground robbing several Trojan hits during the game.

With 3 consecutive tournaments of undefeated action and a 12-game winning streak, the #5 power-ranked Trojans are as ready as they can get to open up the new Class 5-A district play. Under District 2-5A play, 3-game series are played to determine the winner which removes the strategy of having one dominant pitcher to face every game as in 4A. Strategy as in college baseball is to win 2 of the 3 games to win the series which require a deeper pitching line-up.

ASH will face West Monroe next weekend for the district opener. 



Monday, March 17
ASH Trojans Outscore Opponents 38-8 In Red River Prep Classic

The 2014 ASH Baseball team continues its winning ways going 3-0 in the Red River Prep Classic.

Facing former district champion and quarterfnalist Tioga Indians at the reservation, the Trojans massacred the Indians producing a 10-run rule shortened game. Starting pitcher Aaron Armstrong was brilliant on the mound and defense was stellar as the usually offensive Indians were held scoreless. The Trojans defeated the Indians 10-0 in 5.

In games 2 on Friday night, the Trojans hosted a perinneal Class 1-A powerhouse St. Frederick of Monroe. The Trojans continued their dominance with a 16-6 win.

In game 3 on Saturday the Trojans kept the 10-run in effect defeating Class 3A Caldwell of Columbia 12-2. The evening games were rained out.

ASH will face former district foe Leesville Wampus Cats on Monday.



Thursday, March 13
Red River Prep Schedule for ASH

The schedule for ASH games during the Red River Prep Classic are as follows:

Thursday   ASH @ Tioga 6PM

Friday   St. Fred @ ASH 6:45

Saturday  Caldwell @ ASH 12:45          Loyola @ ASH 6:15PM



Sunday, March 9
ASH Goes 4-0 for first time in Altick Classic

For the first time since participating in the mega Trey Altick Classic, ASH Baseball has gone 4-0.

In game 1 on Thursday, ASH faced prep academy Riverside and defeated them 5-3 with the pitching of Trace Carter.

Game 2 on Friday, ASH faced Southwood and 10-runned them 13-3 behind the pitching of Rueben Edwards.

Games 3 and 4 on Saturday night, ASH defeated East St. John 11-5 with Chris Dodson starting pitcher and relieved by senior first baseman John Hessni who held the opposition scoreless. This gave the opportunity for the Trojans to come from behind and take control of the game on some key hitting. Game 4 took a while, with Neville sticking with ASH matching scores just about every inning; ASH jumped out to a 2-0 lead but by the 5th inning the score was knotted at 4-4. Bottom of 6 still found the score tied at 5-5. Starter Aaron Armstrong was lifted in the 8th inning, score tied 6-6 and relieved by sophomore Matt Beck. Beck held the Neville Tigers in check but it took a couple more innings before the Trojans could score some runs finally defeating them 9-6 and Beck getting the win.

ASH goes to 6-2 on the year and will play host to the Annual Red River Prep Classic at ASH next weekend. 



Thursday, March 6
ASH Baseball Opens with Win in Trey Altick Classic

The annual Trey Altick Classic hosting to the top teams in the state is again having a cast of 49 teams in the Monroe/West Monroe area.

ASH Baseball has always shown well in the annual classic and opened with a win over private school Riverside Academy of New Orleans, La. Known more for its basketball, the academy also has strong athletic programs in football and baseball.

Trace Carter got the win tonight going 6 innings only giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, striking out 8 and walking 2. Blake Painter got the save.

ASH had a total of 7 hits with Kevin VanAsselberg going 2 for 4, Steve Arnold 2 for 3, Trace Carter and Matt Beck 1 for 3, and Aaron Armstrong 1 for 4.

First year Head Coach Joey Lee said "Everything is going good so far." Trace Carter who this year has transitioned to catching duties, finds himself pitching at the beginning of the tournament play and cathcing the remainder.

ASH will travel to Ruston tomorrow night to face Southwood of Shreveport and will follow and face East St. John and Neville on Saturday night.

ASH - 5   Riverside Academy - 3 

WP Trace Carter, 6IP, 3R, 6H, 2BB, 8K

Save Blake Painter, 1IP

 

 

 



Saturday, March 1
ASH Baseball Starts Out 2-1 at Denham Springs

ASH Baseball got the 2014 season kicked off and started off strong competing in the Denham Springs Tournament.

Senior RHP Aaron Armstrong kicked off the season holding Walker to 2 runs and defeating them 4-2 on Thursday.

Friday's game pitted the Trojans against host Denham Springs. Starting RHP Reuben Edwards got the win and bats were hot as they won 11-5 to start the season 2-0

ASH was back in action this morning against Live Oak with Trace Carter holding them to 2-runs. However, ASH bats were tested by Live Oak strong pitching and could only muster 2 runs causing the game to go into extra innings.

ASH had an opportunity with runners on second and third and one out but couldn't deliver the final blow. Live Oak did come through in the 9th to give the Trojans their first loss 3-2. ASH is 2-1 and will face host Dehnam Springs one more time at 5:30.

 



Monday, February 10
ASH Shows Well in Neville Scrimmage

The fans got a first look at the 2014 ASH Baseball team as the Trojans hosted last year's bi-district opponent Monroe-based Neville Tigers.

ASH looked well in pitching, hitting, and defense. Just about the entire team saw action as ASH played 11 innings with a different pitcher every inning. Hitting looked strong with the big seniors leading the way. ASH has a good host of pitching and look to be strong. Head Coach Joey Lee who was the pitching coach at the beginning of last year had one of the most balanced pitching squads in years with the ERA under 3.00.

ASH will have another long scrimmage game against former district foe Tioga Indians at the Trojan Field this Saturday.



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Raph Rhymes LSU Tigers
Friday, February 7
True Tiger Raph Rhymes Highlights ASH Baseball Auction/Dinner

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Raph Rhymes Detroit Tigers

National hitting leader LSU's Raph Rhymes highlighted the 2nd Annual Auction/Dinner for ASH Baseball. A former player for Head Coach Joey Lee at Neville High School, Rhymes delivered the keynote speech that included his life story.

With his high school beginnings at Neville High in Monroe, making All District his freshmen season and 2-time All-State, Rhymes only garnered one college offer, LSU-Eunice. After turning that down, he attended his LSU Tigers opting to tryout for the state's flagship program. After making the practice squad in the fall, he found himself completely out of baseball after Coach Paul Maineri had to cut him. Thinking his baseball career was over, he received a call from Coach Jeff Willis at LSU-E to make him an offer once again. This time he took him up on it. In his freshmen jr. college season, Rhymes won the Jr. College Player of the Year.

This apparently got the attention of Coach Paul Maineri who subsequently gave him an offer to return to LSU to play for the coveted Tigers. Rhymes then went on to lead the nation in batting average his junior season en route to the College World Series. Rhymes was drafted 3 consecutive years by Major League Baseball increasing his status each year he decline to go. After his senior year and a stellar award-winning career at LSU, he was drafted in the 15th round by the Detroit Tigers. In his short first season last year he was the 2nd leading hitter on his squad.

With the path that Rhymes has taken, who knows where he will end....perhaps on a World Series Tiger's team once again.



Monday, January 27
ASH Dinner/Auction Set for February 6 - LSU Star Raph Rhymes to speak

The 2nd annual ASH Baseball Dinner/Auction is set for February 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $10 each.

 A special treat is in store for attendees as LSU star slugger Raph Rhymes is scheduled to speak.

Contact a local team member or coach for tickets.



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New Head Coach Joey Lee
Monday, May 20
New Head Coach Announced for ASH Baseball 2013-14

ASH Baseball has a new Head Coach for the 2013-14 season. Alexandria Senior High School has announced that interim Head Coach Joey Lee has been promoted to Head Baseball Coach.

Coach Lee was brought on as pitching coach for the 2013 season and did an outstanding job developing the pitching staff. Overall ERA was below 3.0 for the entire season with one of the most balanced rotations in years. ASH Baseball had as many as 5 starting pitchers and a bullpen of effective relievers. Many pitchers saw action throughout the season.

Coach Lee was suddenly cast into the responsibilities of the Head Coaching position in the middle of the season when the previous coach was relieved of his duties.  Coach Lee did an excellent job of stabilizing the rotation and the team responded with quality baseball. The season ended in the 2nd round of the playoffs when the #17 Trojans gave the #1 seed St. Thomas More all they wanted in a 5-3 shootout that wasn't decided until the 7th inning.

Lee will now have a full year to prepare for the 2014 season.

Coach Lee graduated from Ouachita High School in 2002 where he was a standout baseball player. He completed his education at the University of Louisiana-Monroe where he also played collegiate baseball. His coaching experience includes Neville High School (2005-2009) and St. Frederick (2009-2011) all in the Monroe area.

ASH Baseball welcomes he and his wife Lauren and children Rex and Ana.

CONGRATULATIONS NEW HEAD COACH JOEY LEE!



Monday, January 27
ASH Baseball Preparing for 2014 Season

ASH Baseball is busy preparing for the 2014 season with new Head Coach Joey Lee. Coach Lee assumed the position last spring when first year Coach John Michael Collins was removed. Coach Lee finished out the 2013 season winning District runner-up and going to the Bi-district round in the playoffs before losing to the #1 power-ranked St. Thomas More team from Lafayette. Former ASH star and LC Wildcat Brandt Daigle has joined the Trojans and will be the Assistant Baseball Coach for the 2014 season.

The Trojans are returning a very experienced and skilled team with returning All-District players Aaron Armstrong, Trace Carter, Justin McQuillin, Reuben Edwards, Kevin VanAssleberg, and Blake Painter who are all seniors. Others expected to make an impact are Seniors John Hesni, Brandon Brown, and Jacob Barger and sophomores Matt Beck, Jesse Dinnat, and Steven Arnold.

Season tickets are now on sale and the schedule will posted shortly.