Crowley High, Notre Dame log victories on opening day of Pioneer Invitational

CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents took advantage of four Erath errors and collected eight hits in the late innings to cruise to a 9-3 victory over the Bobcats in the opening game of the Notre Dame Invitational Tournament Thursday at Miller Stadium.

“We were very pleased with our performance today,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty following the victory. “We pitched well. Defensively, we did the things we needed to do and offensively, we swung the bats well.”

On the pitching side, Taylor Doughty and Brad Ancelet handcuffed Erath for six innings. The duo combined to give up just three hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings.

“I was very pleased with our pitching,” said the elder Doughty. “To go into the seventh inning with a shutout; we were pretty excited about that. We had a few situations where we got ourselves out of some jams so we were very pleased with that.”

Erath starting pitcher Brett Delcambre was also solid, giving just two hits and two walks though the first four 2/3 innings. However, the Bobcats’ defense committed an error in fourth inning that led to one run and had another miscue in the fifth that led to two more.

Crowley was able to put the game away in the top of the seventh inning when the Gents sent 11 batters to the plate.

The Gents pushed across six runs on five hits, including a bases-loaded double by Brody Deshotel that cleared the bags.

Erath finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh, thanks in part to four walks and two hits off reliever Steven Bertrand.

Mackay Mouton took over for Bertrand and logged back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

Kaleb Cormier led the Gents at the plate with two hits and two RBI. Mouton and Nate Richard also had two hits and one RBI. Deshotel followed with a double and three RBI; Doughty and Luke Ancelet each had one hit and one RBI and Brad Ancelet had a single.

In the second game of the night, Andre Thibodeaux’s bases-loaded single to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted Notre Dame to a 1-0 victory over Catholic High of New Iberia.

Royce Zaunbrecher picked up the victory for the Pios in relief. He struck out one and walked two in 2/3 of an inning.

Connor Goss started the game on the mound and limited Catholic High to just two hits in six innings. He struck out four. Matt Venable worked 1 1/3 innings, giving up one hit.

Thibodeaux, Goss, Gavin Bourgeois, Hogan Guidry, Alex Holston and Brennan Corzine each had one hit for the Pios.

The Pios also picked up a 5-1 victory over University on Friday to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Venable was credited with the victory after giving up no runs on two hits. He struck out seven in five innings.

Bourgeois earned his first save of the season after giving up one unearned run on one hit in the final two innings.

The Pios recorded seven hits in the victory.

Guidry led the way with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double and a RBI. Nick Gossen followed with two hits, including a double and two RBI. Bourgeois and Jacob Mooney each had one hit and a RBI in the victory.

Both Notre Dame and Crowley High were in action Saturday but results for those games were not available at press time.

The Gents will travel to Hammond Monday to take on Loranger at Southeastern University.

The Pios return to action Tuesday with a road contest at Opelousas Catholic.

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