Pios outslug Parkview

CROWLEY – Anytime the Notre Dame Pioneers and the Parkview Eagles square off in any sport, fans are in store for a treat.

Such was the case Friday when the Eagles invaded Miller Stadium for a non-district showdown with the hometown Pioneers.

The two teams slugged it out for seven innings in a contest that saw 52 runners reach base courtesy of 33 hits, 10 errors and 10 walks.

But in the end, it was the it was the Pios that emerged with an impressive 16-10 victory over the No. 4 ranked Eagles.

The No. 5 ranked Pios have now won 11 straight games and currently sit at 16-11 on the season heading into Tuesday’s District 4-3A road contest at Jennings.

“The game tonight was kind of everything that we knew it would be,” said Notre Dame coach Timmy Robichaux. “We knew that they (Parkview) were very physical at the plate and we knew we would have to put some runs on the board to even be in the game.”

Robichaux’s squad had little to no trouble lighting up the scoreboard. The Pios exploded for 17 hits, six for extra bases, and scored at least run in all but one inning Friday.

“Tonight, I think it was the emotion and the intensity and wanting to be in this game is what I think fueled everybody,” said Robichaux. “When you go to the plate with passion and confidence, these are the things you can accomplish.”

Oddly enough, only 13 of the game’s 26 runs were earned. The Pios had two errors that led to four unearned runs while the Eagles committed eight miscues that led to nine unearned runs.

“The biggest thing was that we put a lot pressure on them and we put constant pressure on them,” said Robichaux. “Everybody had good quality at bats and just overall, in every phase of the game, everybody played well.

“They put a lot of pressure on us too, defensively, and we had some spurts in there but we never really fell apart.”

Parkview southpaw Hayden Schoen was tagged with the loss after surrendering eight runs, four earned, on seven hits and three walks through the first 2 2/3 innings. 

Overall, the Pios clubbed out 17 hits on the night.

Gavin Bourgeois led the attack with a 4-for-4 performance from the leadoff spot. He drove in three runs and scored four times.

Dillan Gilbert followed with three hits, including a double, a triple and three RBI while Joe Faulk had two doubles, a single and three RBI. Brennan Corzine added a double and two singles; Alex Rozas singled twice and drove in one run and Sam Veillon had two singles. Brad Stoma and Jeff Michael Daigle each had an RBI.

Notre Dame’s Alex Holston (2-1, 5 saves) earned the victory after four innings of relief work. He limited the Eagles to three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three.

The Eagles were led by Brennan Bozeman and Chris Dupont with three hits each. Hezekiah Randolph, Zack Hamilton and Gage Pickett each added two hits while Hayden Nickens and Cody Daigle each had one.

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