Notre Dame Pioneers win four straight in Sam Houston Tournament

SULPHUR – Notre Dame’s Pios aren’t the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA for nothing.

The Pios, defending Class AAA state champions, remained unbeaten this past weekend, winning all four of their games in the Sam Houston Tournament.

The Pios defeated Westlake (13-0) and Sulphur (5-4) on Friday and rounded out the tournament Sunday with impressive victories over Class AAA’s No. 7-ranked Iowa (7-1) and Class AAAA’s No. 1-ranked Sam Houston (4-2).

“Overall, we did really well this weekend,” said Notre Dame coach Timmy Robichaux, whose Pios are now 9-0 on the season. “Pitching was there, defense was there and we hit the ball well overall.”

Robichaux was especially pleased with his squad’s play in their tournament finale against Sam Houston.

“It’s great to finish the tournament with a win against an opponent like that,” said Robichaux. “That’s why we always want to play them when we come to this tournament because they play the game well. They have some really physical hitters and it really tests us.”

Sam Houston was also put to the test, especially at the plate.

Notre Dame sent senior hurler Austin Robichaux to the mound and the hard-throwing right hander was up to the challenge.

Robichaux (2-0) limited the Broncos to just five hits and two unearned runs. He struck out nine and walked one.

Notre Dame’s offense also produced, banging out nine hits in the victory.

“We put the ball in play,” said Robichaux. “We had some chances to really break the game open a couple times and we didn’t get that big hit that we were looking for. But overall, we did a good job of getting runners over and scoring some runs.”

With the game tied at 2-2, the Pios plated the eventual game-winning runs in the fourth inning.

Paiton McBride started the rally when he was hit by a pitch and then Brennon Corzine reached base on a bunt single. Luke Bourgeois then followed with a one-out RBI double and Mitch Corzine drove in the final run with a single to left.

Paiton McBride (2-0) earned the victory over Westlake, giving up four hits while striking out five.

Nick Gossen (2-0) was credited with the win over Sulphur after giving up three runs on three hits in two innings of relief work.

Matt Venable also upped his record to 2-0 with the 7-1 victory over Iowa. He gave up one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Overall, the Pios logged 40 hits in four games.

McBride led the way with six hits, including a home run, and four RBI. Bourgeois (4 RBI), Connor Goss (4 RBI) and Robichaux (2 RBI) each had five hits; Mitch Corzine (3 RBI), Pete Petitjean (3 RBI, home run) and Brennon Corzine each had four; Ricky Stoma (2 RBI) and Nick Gossen (4 RBI) each had three and Alex Holston had one.

The Pios will be in action again Thursday when they play Westgate at Falbacher Field in the Teurlings Tournament. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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