Notre Dame duo earns top 5-3A honors
By Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Pioneers dominated District 5-AAA in 2009 in nearly every aspect of the game.
The Pios cruised to an undefeated record in league play and did so impressively. Their offense scored 94 runs in eight district games and their pitching and defense allowed just 14 runs.
Not surprisingly, the Pios dominated the 5-AAA All-District team as well, securing seven slots, including Coach of the Year (Timmy Robichaux) and Most Valuable Player (Ryan Leonards) honors.
Robichaux, in his second season as head coach of the Pios, guided his squad to 23-9 record and a No. 6 seed in the AAA playoffs.
The Pios defeated Rayne (6-0) in the first round before topping Patterson (3-1) in the second round. They returned home to upset No. 3 seed Lutcher (5-3) to advance to the state tournament where they lost a 5-4 heartbreaker to St. Charles in the semifinals.
Leonards played a major role in the Pios’ success both offensively and defensively. When he wasn’t at shortstop, the junior standout compiled a record of 6-3 on the mound, including a 3-0 stint in league play, with an earned run average of 1.97. He logged 54 strikeouts and gave up just 17 earned runs in a little over 60 innings pitched.
Offensively, Leonards hit .459 overall with a .500 average in district. He had four doubles, seven triples and two home runs and was also 15-for-16 in stolen bases.
Joining Leonards on the first unit are teammates and fellow pitchers Austin Robichaux and Mitch Corzine, third baseman Matt Savoie, outfielder Bryant Gilbert and utility players Blaine Richard and Luke Bourgeois.
Robichaux went 7-1 on the year with a 1.86 ERA. He gave up just 13 earned runs and struck out 51 through 44 2/3 innings during the regular season.
Corzine compiled a 5-1 record, giving up nine earned runs while striking out 23 in 33 innings.
Savoie, a Louisiana College signee, hit for a .385 average with seven doubles, one triple, one home run and 26 RBI.
Gilbert led the Pios in nearly every offensive category. His .480 batting average was a team and league best as was his 28 RBI. He also tied for the team lead in triples with seven.
Richard hit .377 from the sixth spot in the lineup and had two doubles, one triple, one home run and 13 RBI while Bourgeois hit .329 with six doubles, one triple and 13 RBI. Bougeois also swiped 12 bases in 13 attempts.
Crowley High followed Notre Dame, earning six spots on the first team.
Justin Desselle made the team as a pitcher. He went 4-4 on the year and struck out 51 batters in 43 innings.
Brian Broussard made the team at catcher, hitting .288 with four doubles, two triples and 14 RBI.
Corde McCall earned the spot at first base after hitting .328 with four doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI while Tyler Dupuis is one of three outfielders after hitting .396 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI.
Chad Hoffpauir and Taylor Bertrand are listed as utility players. Hoffpauir hit .338 with two doubles, one home run and 15 RBI while Bertrand had an average of .294 with one triple and 15 RBI.
Church Point’s Blake Boudreaux rounds out the infield at second base with an average of .350. He had five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 23 RBI to go along with 15 stolen bases.
Church Point’s Derek Dailey made the team in the outfield and Seth Thibodeaux made it as a utility player.
Dailey hit for a .378 clip with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 17 RBI. He was also a perfect 20-for-20 in stolen bases.
Thibodeaux hit .307 with eight doubles one hme run and 10 RBI. He also stole 15 bases.
Rayne logged one first team selection in pitcher Tyler Venable. The junior hurler went 4-4 on the year with a 2.96 ERA. He gave up 21 earned runs and struck out 45 in just over 49 innings of work.
Second-team pitchers include Crowley’s Jake Trahan, Church Point’s Tanner Carreon, Northwest’s Chris Cryer and Rayne’s Austin Meche.
Rayne swept the infield on the second unit with Dakota Broussard at catcher, Chris Bourque at first base, Myles Pryor at second base, Aaron Chiasson at shortstop and Trace Duplantis at third base.
The outfield consists of Crowley’s Nick Hoffpauir, Notre Dame’s Ricky Stoma and Rayne’s Eric Miller.
Notre Dame’s Connor Goss and Pete Petitjean made the team as utility players as well as Northwest’s Cole Brock.
Honorable mentions include Rayne’s Zack Heinen, Andrew Abshire, Scott Curtis and Drake Conques; Crowley’s Donavon Morris and Northwest’s Dustin Richard.