Notre Dame edges St. Charles in extra inning thriller

LAPLACE – Notre Dame’s Austin Robichaux has been dominate all season long, but his performance in Sunday’s matchup against state-ranked St. Charles might have been his best outing of the season.

The senior hurler limited the Comets (No. 5 in Class AA) to just one hit over eight innings and struck out a season-high 14 in a dramatic 3-0, eight-inning Pios victory.

“As far as his command and just how fluent he was, this was one of the smoothest and cleanest games I’ve seen him pitch as for as his mechanics,” said Notre Dame coach Timmy Robichaux of his nephew, who was clocked consistently at 90-91 mph throughout the contest.

“He had command of all three pitches. He was just really smooth and he was on for all eight innings, no letdown at all.”

Robichaux’s counterpart, Cody McMurty, was equally as impressive, striking out 11 before exiting in the game in the eighth inning.

“It was really a pitching duel,” said coach Robichaux. “Both pitchers were on, both had command of all their pitchers. It was really a great pitched game by both sides.”

McMurty, who had given up just one hit in the first seven frames, ran into trouble in the top of the eighth inning when Mitch Corzine hit a one-out chopper over the third baseman for the Pios’ second hit of the game.

Connor Goss followed with a single and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Robichaux then helped his own cause with a single that plated Corzine for the eventual game-winner.

But the Pio weren’t finished.

Paiton McBride then laid down a suicide squeeze to score Goss. McBride, who reached first base on the bunt, later scored on a groundout by Ross Holston.

“We had some chances along the way where we had runners in scoring position and we needed a two-out hit, but we just couldn’t get it,” said coach Robichaux. “But finally we got something going in the eighth. Mitch’s at-bat was big for him to get on and we strung a few hits together after that.”

Austin Robichaux put the finishing touches on the game in the bottom of the inning despite walking one batter and hitting another. He got out of the potential jam with a strikeout to end the game.

Robichaux threw a 106 pitches in eight innings, which is also a season high for the UL-Lafayette signee.

“Our pitchers are capable of getting up there (in the pitch count), the main thing is just the recovery time after that,” said coach Robichaux. “He was pitching the eighth inning for sure, but if we went past that we probably would have pulled him. But there was no fatigue, he was still strong in the eighth.”

Robichaux, Corzine, Goss and McBride each had one hit in the final inning while Nick Gossen had a single earlier in the contest.

The Pios will be in action again today when they play host to Kaplan at Miller Stadium. That contest is slated for 4 p.m.

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