Lady Pios top Kaplan
KAPLAN – Pitcher Hannah Godeaux kept the Kaplan’s bats in check for six innings and her Notre Dame teammates gave her all the run support she needed as the Lady Pios took over sole possession of first place in District 5-AAA Tuesday with an 8-3 victory over the Lady Pirates.
In a battle of unbeatens, Notre Dame improved to 5-0 in league play to build a one-game lead over the Lady Pirates (4-1) and a two-game cushion on Rayne (3-2).
Second-round play begins today.
Godeaux shut out the Lady Pirates for six innings, three times pitching out of situations with Kaplan runners in scoring position. She was aided by a flawless defensive effort from the Lady Pios. The senior right-hander scattered five hits with just two walks and four strikeouts over the first six innings.
The Lady Pios defense converted 10 ground ball outs and all seventeen fielding attempts in support of Godeaux’s complete game win. The defensive gem resulted in nine Kaplan runners left stranded.
Notre Dame struck quickly in the top of the first after Alex Boulet led off the frame with a single to right, advanced to second on the throw in from the outfield, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Godeaux supported her own strong pitching effort with a ground ball to short that plated Taylor Boulet from third later in the inning.
Notre Dame still led 2-0 in the sixth when Taylor Simon and Godeaux recorded back to back singles. One out later, Caroline Stewart lined a double down the left field line that scored Simon and Peyton Miller, who had come on to run for Godeaux.
The Lady Pios iced the win with four runs in a wild seventh inning. Notre Dame got a leadoff single from Alex Boulet and Taylor Boulet reached when her bunt toward first was fielded by the Lady Pirates first baseman and she ran through the tag, knocking the ball out of her glove.
Tayor Simon grounded to short and Alex Boulet raced home from third into a play at the plate. Boulet slid head first into the tag from the Kaplan catcher and scored when the ball was jarred loose.
Kaplan coach Shay Herpin, who had earlier been restricted to the dugout by umpires, was ejected after a lengthy objection to both dropped tag calls.
But by that time, the Pios already had the game well in hand.
Kaplan was able to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of free passes and three hits to score three runs. But Godeaux recovered to get a groundout to shortstop and a soft liner up the middle that Simon snared for the final out.
Notre Dame will be at Erath to start the second round of play.