Pioneers cruise past Wolves in 5-AAA tilt
RAYNE – For the third time in two days, Notre Dame’s Pioneers needed just five innings to do away with another District 5-AAA opponent.
On Tuesday, the 7th-ranked Pios defeated Northwest twice at Miller Stadium, 12-1 and 14-0.
On Wednesday, it was the Rayne Wolves’ turn.
Notre Dame banged out 12 hits and took advantage of seven walks and three Rayne errors en route to a 12-0 five-inning victory over the homestanding Wolves.
The Pios improved to 13-6 overall and 3-0 in District 5-AAA play with the victory. The Wolves fell to 4-8 and 1-2.
Notre Dame got off to a quick start in the first inning when Luke Bourgeois drew a leadoff walk and Mitch Corzine reached base courtesy of Rayne’s first error of the contest. Ryan Leonards followed with a two-run triple to right field. He eventually scored on a grounder to shortstop by Bryant Gilbert that was misplayed.
Rayne got out of the inning when Matt Savoie grounded into a double play and Blaine Richard went down on strikes.
Notre Dame added to its lead in the third inning when Savoie doubled and scored on a single to right by Pete Petitjean. Richard, who walked, scored on yet another error to give the Pios a 5-0 advantage.
The Wolves threatened in the bottom of the third when they loaded the bases with one out on two hits and a walk. However, back-to-back grounders to the mound ended the inning with no runs crossing the plate.
Leonards and Savoie each had run-scoring singles in the fourth inning and Petitjean’s double to left center field drove in two more runs to push the lead to 9-0.
Notre Dame added its final three runs in the fifth inning, all with two outs.
Bourgeois walked to start the inning but Rayne cleared the bases on a double play off the bat of Corzine. Leonards then walked, Gilbert singled and Savoie drilled a two-run double to the alley in left center. Richard followed with a single to center to plate Savoie.
Austin Robichaux picked up the victory for the Pios, tossing a two-hit shutout. He walked two and struck out 10, including six straight in the final two innings.
Savoie and Gilbert paced the Pios’ offensive attack, each going 3-for-4. Savoie had two doubles and drove in three runs.
Leonards was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI while Petitjean was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Richard had one hit and one RBI and Bourgeois had a single.
Notre Dame returns to action Tuesday evening when they play host to the Crowley Gents at 6 o’clock.