Notre Dame's Robichaux, Bourgeois headline All-Acadia Parish Baseball Team
CROWLEY – The 2013 prep baseball season proved to be a rags-to-riches experience for the Notre Dame Pioneers.
Coach Timmy Robichaux’s young squad took an abnormal number of bumps and bruises early on before finally turning things around and earning the No. 3 seed in the Class 3A playoffs.
“Yeah, the season didn’t start the way we had wanted it to, for sure, but, being it was my last year, the turnaround made it that much more special,” said Robichaux, who earned Coach of the Year honors on the All-Acadia Parish baseball team that was released today.
The Pios rebounded from a dreadful 5-11 start and won 15 of their last 16 games en route to earning their sixth straight district title under Robichaux.
“The kids really fought through it and they had a really good work ethic and attitude,” said Robichaux of his squad’s early season struggles. “That was a big part of the turnaround because they could have really packed it in and given up. But they fought through it and ended up having a chance, ultimately at the end, to play themselves into the state tournament.”
The Pios began their quest for a state title with a 10-0 victory over Port Barre and then cruised to a 17-4 victory over Berwick in the regional round. Their season ended one game shy of the state tournament a week later when they dropped a 4-1 decision to Brusly in the quarterfinals.
“It was really a great run,” said Robichaux. “I would have felt better losing in the semifinals because that’s where I felt we should have been. But baseball is baseball, just ask LSU.
“We always tell the players that you want to have a chance to win the game and the team gave themselves a chance to get into the state tournament. I think that is a big accomplishment, and rightfully so, with the team that we had and the players with their attitude and the work ethic they had this year.”
For Gavin Bourgeois, his season began a tad bit late due to a broken ankle suffered in the Pios’ state championship football game back in December.
The injury sidelined him for three scrimmages, the jamboree and nine full games.
His return to the lineup was in a pinch hit role in the Pios’ 10th and 11th games of the season before becoming a full-time starter again the following contest.
Despite the long recovery, the junior didn’t miss a beat.
Bourgeois hit .474 in 24 games and drove in 16 runs from the leadoff spot to earn this year’s Most Valuable Player honors on the All-Acadia Parish team.
“You know, Gavin was a big leader of our team with just his physical and competitive presence,” said Robichaux. “The biggest thing was that he had to come along slow to come back into the lineup and we kind of thought his timing would be off. But from day one, when he picked up the bat, he just tore it up.”
Bourgeois was also a force to be reckoned with on the mound. The southpaw didn’t toe the rubber until the middle of the season but he was able to rack up a record of 5-1 with one save. His earned run average was a staggering 1.72 and he struck out 48 in 40 2/3 innings of work.
“Anytime you can have a good left-handed pitcher on the mound, it’s great to have,” said Robichaux. “Lefties are just hard to hit and they stop the running game so he gave us a lot on the mound.
“He did a great job (on the mound) as a sophomore and he did again this year to go along with his hitting and defense at first base.”
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Aside from Robichaux and Bourgeois, the Pios landed four other spots on this year’s squad in Alex Holston, Dillan Gilbert, Hogan Guidry and Brennan Corzine.
Holston, like Bourgeois, also missed part of the season due to an injury, but he proved to be a dominant force on the mound when he was at full strength. He picked up four saves before earning a starting spot in the rotation where he posted a record of 4-1. The senior toed the rubber for 30 1/3 innings and had an ERA of 2.10.
Gilbert earned a utility spot after logging stints as a designated hitter, a pitcher, a third baseman and outfielder. The junior hit .439 on the season and had a team-leading 30 RBI. He also had three triples and two doubles.
On the mound, Gilbert was 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 20 innings.
Guidry made the squad at second base after hitting .320 with three doubles and 12 RBI. He was also 13-for-14 in stolen bases.
Corzine was tabbed as the catcher after hitting .279 with seven doubles and seven RBI.
Crowley High’s lone selection to the squad is junior Mackay Mouton at utility player. Mouton paced the Gents offensively with an average of .371 and 13 RBI.
Rayne’s Hunter Keely and Iota’s Michael Reed round out the team’s pitching staff.
Keely, a sophomore, picked up five victories on the season and had eight saves. He struck out 31 batters in 45 innings.
Reed, a senior first-team 5-2A All-District selection, picked up two victories in league play and had an ERA of 2.89.
The rest of the infield consists of Church Point’s Jacob Morvant at first base and Brett Richard at third and Northside Christian’s Joseph Trahan at shortstop.
Morvant hit .391 on the season with eight doubles, five triples and 22 RBI while Richard hit .387 with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 16 RBI.
Trahan, a junior that has been a starter for the Warriors since the seventh grade, hit .667 with nine triples, 10 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI. He was also intentionally walked nine times.
Making the list in the outfield are Iota’s J.T. LeJeune, Rayne’s Grant Menard and Church Point’s Chance Roy.
LeJeune hit .295 in district play and had five RBI while Menard hit .338 for the Wolves with six doubles, two triples, one home run and 27 RBI. Roy hit for a .341 clip with five doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI.
Earning utility spots along with Gilbert and Mouton are Iota’s Michael Thevis, Church Point’s Ben Viator, Rayne’s Grant Abshire and Northside’s Nick Zaunbrecher.
Thevis hit .312 for the Bulldogs while Viator hit .337 for the Bears. Abshire had an average of .337 while Zaunbrecher hit .415 with 17 RBI.
Honorable mentions for this year’s team include Crowley’s Luke Ancelet, Pate Broussard and Alex Ashby; Notre Dame’s Royce Zaunbrecher, Alex Rozas and Brad Stoma; Iota’s Beau Miller, Austen Montgomery, Kyle Smith and Brennan Bobbett; Rayne’s Kameron Fletcher, Ty Delahoussaye and Tyler LeJeune; Church Point’s Todd LeJeune and Northside Christian’s Shea Bertrand, Jordan Monte and Dillon King.
All-Acadia Parish Baseball Team
PitcherAlex HolstonNotre DameSr.
PitcherGavin BourgeoisNotre DameJr.
CatcherBrennan CorzineNotre DameSr.
1st BaseJake MorvantChurch PointJr.
2nd BaseHogan GuidryNotre DameSr.
3rd BaseBrett RichardChurch PointJr.
OutfieldChance RoyChurch PointSr.
UtilityDillan GilbertNotre DameSo.
UtilityBen ViatorChurch PointJr.
Coach of the Year
Timmy Robichaux, Notre Dame
Most Valuable Player
Gavin Bourgeois, Notre Dame
Honorable Mentions: Crowley’s Luke Ancelet, Pate Broussard and Alex Ashby; Notre Dame’s Royce Zaunbrecher, Alex Rozas and Brad Stoma; Iota’s Beau Miller, Austen Montgomery, Kyle Smith and Brennan Bobbitt; Rayne’s Kameron Fletcher, Ty Delahoussaye and Tyler LeJeune; Church Point’s Todd LeJeune; Northside Christian’s Shea Bertrand, Jordan Monte and Dillon King.