Notre Dame's Robichaux, Goss earn top honors on 4-3A All-District squad
CROWLEY – In baseball, losing seven starters and filling that void with a host of underclassmen would be tough for any coach, especially one who schedules opponents the caliber that Notre Dame’s Timmy Robichaux does.
But, as has been the case for the last few years, the Pios don’t necessarily rebuild - they reload.
That was never more evident than 2012.
Despite returning just three starters from their 2011 state quarterfinal team, the Pios put the pieces together and stormed their way to their third straight district championship by winning eight of their 10 league games.
Their only setbacks were a pair of 3-2 defeats at the hands of Iowa and South Beauregard.
So it was no surprise that the Pios swept the top two honors on the 4-3A All-District team that was selected by the league’s coaches.
Robichaux took home Coach of the Year honors while Connor Goss was named the Most Valuable Player.
Robichaux, who has now been named the Coach of the Year four straight seasons, guided the Pios to an 18-14 record and the No. 6 seed in the Class 3A playoffs.
The Pios defeated Rayne in the opening round of the playoffs, but they bowed out in the second round when they dropped a 4-0 decision to eventual state champion North DeSoto .
Of the Pios’ 14 losses, eight were to higher classified teams, including Class 4A state champion Teurlings and quarterfinalist St. Louis and Class 5A semifinalist Acadiana. Notable victories were over St. Louis, Class 4A’s No. 10 seeded St. Michael and Class 5A’s No. 2 seed Zachary.
Goss was a major factor in the Pios’ success both in the field and at the plate.
The senior slugger posted a district average of .406 and drove in 12 runs in league play. Overall, Goss hit .439 with a .786 slugging percentage. He hit .457 with runners in scoring position, driving in 43 runs while totaling 14 doubles, four triples and four home runs.
Goss, a sure-handed third baseman, also helped lead the Pios on the mound with a 3-0 district record. He had a 2.63 earned run average in 18 2/3 innings and also logged two saves.
Joining Goss on the first unit are teammates Nick Gossen, Matt Venable and Gavin Bourgeois.
Gossen was one of four pitchers selected after going 4-1 in league play with a .71 ERA. He also had two saves.
Venable made the team as an outfielder after hitting .324 with three doubles, one triple and seven RBI in 10 league games. He also went 4-1 on the season as a pitcher with a 2.37 ERA.
Bourgeois, the Pios leadoff hitter, is one of five players to be selected to the first team as a utility player. He hit .370 with one double and three triples while driving in 13 runs.
Crowley High nailed down two spots on the first team in catcher Brody Deshotel and outfielder Taylor Doughty.
Deshotel posted a district average of .364 with seven doubles, one triple, one home run and 28 RBI while Doughty hit .427 with five doubles, three triples and 15 RBI. Doughty was also walked 12 times and he stole 17 bases.
The remaining three pitchers on the first team are Jennings senior Travis Legros, South Beauregard junior Nathan Lee and Iowa junior Gabe Roberts.
Joining Goss and Deshotel on the infield are Westlake junior Cody Miller at first base, South Beauregard junior Zach Bradly at second and Iowa senior Phillip LeBleu at shortstop.
The outfield consists of Venable, Doughty and Jennings junior Keagan Deaville.
The four remaining utility players are Iowa juniors Austin Theriot and Justin Demary, South Beauregard freshman Nick Lee and Westlake senior Zach Vincent.
Notre Dame and Crowley also combined to land five players on the second team.
The Pios grabbed three spots in catcher Brennan Corzine, outfielder Clint Faul and utility player Hogan Guidry while the Gents’ Mackay Mouton made it as a pitcher and Steven Bertrand got on at third base.
Mouton is joined at pitcher by second team members Evan Guillory and Justin Marcantel of Jennings and Michael Fournet of Westlake.
The infield consists of Corzine at catcher, Jennings’ Zach Duhon at first, Iowa’s Brad Whittington at second, Westlake’s Tim Hamilton as shortstop and Bertrand at third. Outfielders are Faul, Cade Henry of Jennings and Silas Waley of Westlake.
Making the list at utility along with Guidry are Iowa’s Andrew Self, Westlake’s Devon Pharris, Jennings’ Kaleb Chaisson and South Beauregard’s Joe Angelo.
Honorable mentions include Notre Dame’s Dillan Gilbert, Noah Touchet, Kevin Frank and Brad Stoma; Crowley’s Nathan Richard, Bradley Ancelet and Mickey Morgan; Iowa’s Garrett Dartez; Jennings’ Landon Solari and Woody Bougard; South Beauregard’s Josh Hunt and Austin Lebleu; Westlake’s Ryan Feagan and Wyatt Stergns.