Notre Dame cruises past Church Point
CROWLEY – Notre Dame’s Pios have been successful in taking advantage of their opponent’s mistakes lately and Thursday was no different when the Pios hosted the Church Point Bears .
The Pios (9-10, 3-1) capitalized on six Church Point errors and exploded for 13 hits in a 12-1 District 5-AAA victory over the visiting Bears. The game was halted in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
“I was real happy about the things we did to get runners in tonight,” said Notre Dame coach Tim Robichaux. “We just ran ourselves out of one inning where we had the top of the lineup coming up with people on base and we didn’t even score a run. Those things can’t happen. We can’t run ourselves out of innings when we chances to score runs with the top coming up.”
In all, the Pios had 21 base runners on the night. But only four of their 12 runs were earned.
Church Point’s only run crossed the plate in the top of the first inning and was also unearned. Seth Thibodeaux drew a walk to start the game and eventually scored on a Notre Dame error.
Church Point committed four errors in the first inning, leading to a 2-1 advantage for the Pios.
Notre Dame extended its lead by scoring four earned runs in the third inning on six hits. Chance Oustalet, Mitch Corzine and Tim Vondenstein each recorded RBI singles in the frame.
The flood gates really opened in the fourth when Notre Dame sent 10 batters to the plate.
The Pios mixed in four hits with two Church Point errors and one walk to plate six more runs, all unearned.
Back-to-back, one-out errors set the table for Corzine, who came through with a two-run single to center to start things off. Following a walk to Vondenstein, Zack Abshire and Ryan Leonards each singled to drive in two more runs. Pinch hitter Ben Broussard added the finishing touches with a two-run single to left.
“I feel we hit the ball well tonight,” said Robichaux.