Late rally lifts Pios past Gents; Lady Pios cruise past CHS Ladies
CROWLEY – Safe or out?
That is the question that will be debated for a long time to come following Tuesday’s pivotal District 4-3A contest between the Notre Dame Pioneers and the Crowley Gents at Miller Stadium.
Tensions were already high when a bang-bang play at first base with two outs in the seventh inning went in favor of Notre Dame and gave the Pios runners at the corners trailing 6-5.
But emotions overflowed one batter later when the Gents were unable to make a play on Clint Faul’s ground ball near second base, allowing not only the tying run to cross the plate, but also the winning run, scored by courtesy runner Jacques Thibodeaux who also raced home.
Although the throw beat Thibodeaux to the plate, it was high and off the mark, forcing Crowley catcher Brody Deshotel to make a leaping grab and then come back for the tag.
To most, it appeared Thibodeaux was out and the game was headed to extra innings.
But home plate umpire Aleke Kanonu, who had the best view of the play, called Thibodeaux safe on a hook slide and the Pios slipped away with a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind victory.
The Pios, who have won six straight games, improved to 12-10 overall and 5-0 in league play. The Gents fell to 8-11 and 2-3.
“You know, it was a great ballgame and it’s a shame it ended like that,” said Notre Dame coach Timmy Robichaux. “But like I tell my catcher all the time, if you throw the ball high down to second base, you’re never going to get anyone called out. The throw pulled the catcher off just a little bit and with the hook slide, it could have gone either way.
“But that’s baseball. We’ve been hurt by some calls along the way, but what I tell my guys is that they just have to overcome the calls. If you let them buy in to that it’s the umpire’s fault, they become victims and they get away from trying to play the game; they have to deal with the things they can control. We can’t control what the umpires are going to call.”
Crowley High coach Christian Doughty was ejected for arguing the final call and said he was “too ticked off” to comment on the game.
The Pios’ late rally helped ease the pain of a subpar defensive performance that resulted in four unearned runs on the night.
The Pios committed three errors in the fifth inning that turned a 4-1 lead into a 6-4 deficit.
“That’s kind of how we played early in the season,” said Robichaux of his team’s four errors on the night. “We have the potential for some errors. In the middle half of the season we’ve been playing well defensively, but tonight, it kind of crept up on us again.”
Crowley sophomore Mackay Mouton got the start on the mound and gave up four runs on three hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings before being lifted for freshman hurler Bradley Ancelet.
Ancelet handcuffed the Pios for three innings before the final frame. He gave up three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out one in four innings.
“You know, you have to give them credit, they had two young guys on the mound and both of them gutted it out and gave them a chance to win,” said Robichaux. “Anytime you face somebody that has a velocity change, especially with some of the guys we’ve been playing...it was a good move on (coach) Doughty’s part to throw those guys he did.
“They gave Crowley a chance to win. We were able to just do enough to win the game but we really didn’t do well offensively.”
The Pios scored four runs in the first three innings, but they did so on just three hits off Mouton.
“Every time we play Crowley, it’s always good games and it’s always a competitive environment,” said Robichaux. “The only thing that I’m a little disappointed in is that when we’re up 4-1, we should have gotten up and gotten more aggressive right there instead of waiting until the seventh inning.
“You know, we’re not real strong offensively, but it seems like when we’re down, at least they fight to come back. We didn’t play real well, but we gutted it out and we found a way to win in the end.”
Faul paced the Pios with two hits and five RBI while freshman Dylan Gilbert had two hits and drove in one run. Noah Touchet also had two hits. Connor Goss and Matt Venable each had a double and Hogan Guidry singled.
Gossen was credited with the victory after giving up four runs on three hits and one walk in three innings. He struck out three.
Goss worked the first four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out two.
Steven Bertrand had two hits for the Gents, including a double, a triple and two RBI. Nathan Richard also had two hits and one RBI. Brody Deshotel, Taylor Doughty and Bradley Ancelet each logged one hit.
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The Northside Christian Warriors improved to 6-5 on the season and 5-1 in District 5-C play with an 8-2 victory over No. 5 Assembly Christian on New Iberia Tuesday at Miller Stadium.
Josh Wheeler earned the victory after giving up two runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out five in four innings.
Joseph Trahan pitched the final three innings, giving up no hits while striking out seven.
Trahan had two hits and three RBI for the Warriors. Wheeler had two hits and two RBI and Jordan Monte and Christian Morgan also had one hit and one RBI.
The Notre Dame Lady Pios scored early and often and cruised to an 11-1 District 4-3A victory over Crowley Tuesday.
Molly Stelly held Crowley scoreless for the first four innings. She gave up five hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Olivia Boullion suffered the loss for the Ladies. She surrendered 11 runs on 12 hits and one walk while striking out one in four innings of work.
Katherine Kirsch led the Lady Pios’ offensive attack with three doubles and five RBI. Alexa Thibodeaux also had three hits, including two doubles and two RBI. Taylor Boulet added two hits, Charlotte Brown had one hit and two RBI and Taylor Satchell had a run scoring single. Allie Daigle and Mira Lavergne each had one hit.
Heather Trahan had two hits for the Ladies. Skylor Huval had one hit and an RBI while Emily Boullion and Madelynn LeBouef each had one hit.