Notre Dame hammers Church Point
CHURCH POINT – The Notre Dame Pioneers broke out the whipping stick Saturday, banging out a season-high 20 hits and 22 runs in a 22-2 shelling of the Church Point Bears in a District 5-AAA contest.
The game was halted after the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
Notre Dame improved to 16-5 overall and 5-0 in league play with the victory. Church Point fell to 4-17 and 2-2.
The Pios set the tone for the game early, sending nine batters to the plate in a first inning that was highlighted by Bryant Gilbert’s three-run home run to center off Church Point Starter Derek Dailey. Connor Goss also had a two-run double in the frame.
Mitch Corzine stared the second inning off with a double to center before scoring on a double by Gilbert. Gilbert scored on a double by Matt Savoie and Blaine Richard then drove in two runs on his first home run of the season, a line drive over the left field wall.
The Pios added four more runs in the third courtesy of one error, a wild pitch and a RBI single from Ryan Leonards.
Church Point’s only two runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the third. Seth Thibodeaux walked to start the inning before scoring on a wild pitch. Blake Boudreaux reached base and scored on a pair of errors.
Notre Dame answered in the top of the fourth, sending 13 batters to the plate. The Pios scored eight runs on six hits, including a pair of two-run singles from Savoie and Philip Artall.
All nine of Notre Dame’s starters logged at least one hit in the contest.
Gilbert led the way, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and five RBI while Savoie was also 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Also collecting multiple hits for the Pios were Corzine (2-4, double, RBI), Ryan Leonards (2-4, RBI), Luke Bourgeois (2-3, double), Richard (2-2, home run, 2 RBI) and Pete Petitjean (2-3). Goss doubled and drove in two, Artall singled and drove in two while Paul LaCroix doubled and Ricky Stoma had a single.
Austin Robichaux picked up the victory, holding the Bears to just two runs (one earned) on one hit and six walks. He struck out 11 in five innings.
Boudreaux had the lone hit in the first inning for Church Point.
Notre Dame played West Feliciana in Rayne Monday, but results of that game were not available at press time.
The Pios will be in action again this evening when they travel to Eunice to take on St. Edmund in a non-district contest at LSU-Eunice’s Bengal Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6 o’clock.