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DCCS stopped in finals
The Downsville Demons’ quest for
a first state title in over 20 years came
against a familiar foe in the Allstate/
Sugar Bowl Louisiana High School
Athletic Association Baseball Tournament
at McMurry Park in Sulphur.
Claiborne Christian – who knocked
DCCS out in the semifinal round in
each of the last two seasons – ended
the Demons’ season with a 6-2 win in
the Class C championship game.
Getting to the title round may
have given the Demons a case of the
jitters. A hit batter and two passed
balls allowed the Crusaders to take
a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. They
added three more in the top of the
sixth before the Demons rallied for
two runs for the final score.
In his first year as coach, Blake
Wolfe helped lead the Demons to the
first title game since 1999. In a social
media post following the game, he
gave thanks to the team and community.
“I can honestly look back and say I
coached the best group of kids a coach
could ever ask for,” Wolfe posted on
Facebook. “I love all 13 of those kids.
I just want to say thank you so much
to all my players, their families, and
most of all the Downsville community.
Some coaches never get the chance
to bring home this trophy. At 24 years
old and first year as a coach, I can
truly say coaching was everything I »

Experience a factor for Demons’ run at title
When the Downsville
Community Charter School
Demons take the field
Thursday night against
Simpson, the Demons
will have experience that
schools at any level would
love to enjoy.
Seven seniors are on
the 13-man roster, making
their third straight
appearance in the Allstate/
Sugar Bowl Louisiana High
School Athletic Association
Baseball Tournament. And
the group – many of whom
have been playing with and
against each other their
entire lives – are making
their third straight trip to
the LHSAA’s version of the
Final Four.
Downsville advanced,
running its record to 14-8
on the season with a 7-3 win
against Maurpas on May 6.
They’ll face the Simpson
Broncos (17-8 / 6-0 in District
3C), who advanced
with a mercy-rule win over
Georgetown, 16-2.
The seven seniors on
this year’s team are:
Nicholas Clark – shortstop,
third base, pitcher
Colby Gean – second
base, shortstop;
Tyler LaGrone – catcher,
shortstop, pitcher;
Cade Manning – left
Daeshaun Miller – right
field, first base;
Erick Rodriguez – center
field; and
Jordan Walsworth – second
base, third base (cocaptain).
Talking with the seniors,
it quickly becomes apparent
they’re a close-knit group.
Having played with or against
each other for 10 years creates
a natural chemistry,
sense of unity and a closer
bond. They also cite the experience
of having been to the
Top 56 tournament in the past
two seasons. The talk about
having more “want to” and
heart for the game.
The Demons don’t buy
into the whole “third time’s
the charm” thing when talking
about their chances in
this year’s tournament. The
seniors say since dropping
three of their first four games
this season that the team has
become more connected and
drew closer to one another.
Coach Norman Tassin
says the team has taken a
different tact than in previous
trips to Sulphur. Rather
than looking at the tall trophy
awarded to the winner,
they’re focused on the
Broncos. Those beliefs are
reflected by the seniors,
who say collectively they
feel they will bring home
a championship. They talk
about leaving everything
they have on the field each
time they take to the diamond.
With such an experienced
corp of seniors, Tassin
adds the contribution
by underclassmen can’t be
overlooked. From the starting
pitcher in each game to
the guys who ride the pine
and don’t see the field of »

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