Lady Pios, Rayne square in tiebreaker game
By Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – They have squared off twice this season with each team earning a shutout victory on their respective home fields.
Today in the rubber match, the Notre Dame Lady Pios and the Rayne Lady Wolves will battle at a neutral site - Hensgens Field on the grounds of the Crowley Recreation Department - to break the tie for first place in District 5-AAA.
“For our girls, this game means a lot because they feel like they’ve earned this shot be called a district champion,” said Notre Dame coach Lance Reed. “From a coaching standpoint, I’m looking at it as something to keep our positive momentum rolling into the playoffs.”
Rayne (19-8, 7-1) gained the upper hand in league play with a 3-0 victory over the Lady Pios back on March 18 at the Lady Wolves’ home field.
Notre Dame (16-12, 7-1) turned the tables on April 3, downing the Lady Wolves 5-0 at Fats Leger Field.
“I think today’s game is wide open for either team,” said Reed. “Both teams have a 50-50 chance of winning the game. It’s just going to come down to who shows up that day. If we show up and play our game, we should do well. If Rayne shows up and plays their game, it will be a very good game.”
Notre Dame has had the pitching edge in both regular season games. Lady Pio hurler Amelia Lavergne pitched five innings in the loss, allowing just two hits before giving up just three base knocks in the victory.
“This game could come down to a pitchers’ duel because both teams have good respectable pitchers that are into their second year and beyond in the circle,” said Reed. “I’m leaning towards throwing Amelia again. The key will be our defense. We have to make the plays behind her. Execution will be critical for both teams.”
Thus far in district play, each team has been shut out just once - against each other - while posting big numbers in the other contests.
Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 85-8 in eight games while Rayne has outscored its opponents 77-10.
“Both teams have good, quality hitters,” said Reed. We both have hitters who are capable of hitting it out the yard and we both have players who can lay down bunts and beat them out. Both teams are pretty similar. Again, it’s going to be who shows up and gets the job done.”