Pios cruise past Mamou; Gents rained out after first inning

CROWLEY – Notre Dame’s incoming freshman baseball team has been quite impressive during the first few games of its 2012 summer league slate.

The Pios opened league play a week ago, dropping a pair of 4-3 contests against Eunice’s jayvee squad.

And on Wednesday, the young Pios broke loose for their first victory of the season, downing Mamou, 8-1, at Miller Stadium.

“We’re very optimistic about this group,” said ND coach Timmy Robichaux of his squad. “We have a good freshmen group and a lot of players that I think will develop and be big contributors for us down the road.”

One of those contributors figures to be Joe Faulk, who was credited with the victory over Mamou after working three scoreless innings on the mound. The pitcher/shortstop, who is splitting time with the Notre Dame team and the Crowley Pony All-Star team, gave up just two base runners, both walks, and struck out six before giving way to Austin Melancon.

Faulk hit the first batter he faced and then walked the next, but got out of the first inning jam with a strikeout and a ground out.

“I think Joe did a good job,” said Robichaux. “Right now he’s going back and forth between 54 feet for Pony and 60 feet 6 inches (pitching distance) here so it’s a little bit of an adjustment. He got off to a little bit of a slow start but then he got back in the rhythm and did a good job.”

Faulk struck out the side in the second frame and added two more punch outs in the third.

Melancon took the mound in the fourth and gave up just one hit in his three innings of work. He walked three and struck out seven.

“ Austin did a good job too in the three innings he was in the game,” said Robichaux. “Both of them (Faulk and Melancon) threw a lot of strikes.”

The Pios also were productive offensively, collecting nine hits on the day.

Lance Bertrand and Jacob Vicknair led the charge with two hits each while Hayden Bourgeois, Pete Brown, Ethan Smith, Jack Veillon and Taylor Faulk each had one hit.

“We swung the bat pretty well today,” said Robichaux. “We were helped a little bit along the way (Mamou had errors) but we put the ball in play. That’s what you want from your hitters, to put the ball in play and not strike out.”

The Pios will return to action on Monday when they play host to Welsh in a pair of five-inning games begining at 5 p.m.

GENTS RAINED OUT

In the second game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader Wednesday at Miller Stadium, the Crowley Gents and the Welsh Greyhounds got one inning of play in before heavy rains caused the contest to be canceled.

Mamou scored three runs on three hits in the first inning off CHS starter Mackay Mounton but the Gents rallied in the bottom of the frame.

A pair of errors to start the bottom of the first allowed both Alex Ashby and Luke Ancelet to reach base to start the rally.

Mickey Morgan followed with an infield single to load the bases before Mouton delivered a two-run single to cut the lead to 3-2.

The game was halted before the second inning got under way.

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