Pios rally past Gents in 4-3A showdown

CROWLEY – It wasn’t exactly an ideal outing for the Notre Dame Pios Thursday evening in their District 4-3A showdown with cross-town rival Crowley High.

The Pios (8-11, 2-0) had to lift starting pitcher Gavin Bourgeois after just three innings and found themselves trailing 4-3 despite having outhit the Gents 6-2 at that point.

But the Pios didn’t falter.

Instead, they scored three runs over the final three innings and Alex Holston held the Gents hitless and scoreless over the final four frames, allowing the Pios to slip away from Miller Stadium with a 6-4 victory.

“Gavin didn’t really have his stuff tonight so he just kind of had to battle through it,” said Notre Dame coach Timmy Robichaux. “Alex Holston did a great job coming in the rest of the way.

“Along the way, we had an error that kind of hurt us, too, but, overall, we came back and scored enough runs to get the lead and Alex pitched the rest of the way.”

The Gents (5-10, 0-2) were fortunate to even be in the game considering they logged just two hits on the night.

Mackay Mouton doubled in the first inning and the Gents’ other hit was a single by Mickey Morgan in the third.

“I have actually never been in a game where we had been outhit by almost 10 hits and we were in the game, and at one point winning the game,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty.

The Gents took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Luke Ancelet drew a walk and later scored on a wild pitch.

The Pios answered with three runs in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Hogan Guidry, a run-scoring triple by Dillan Gilbert and RBI groundout by Brad Stoma.

The Gents were able to regain the lead one inning later by scoring three runs on one hit, three walks and a two-out error by the Pios.

The big inning for the Gents signaled the end of the day for Bourgeois on the mound.

“The walks are really what hurt him (Bourgeois),” said Robichaux. “We had to keep challenging the hitters down the middle because he didn’t have his stuff tonight.”

The Pios offense responded to the Gents barrage in the bottom of the fourth inning courtesy of three big, two-out hits.

Bourgeois started the rally with a two-out single to center field and Brad Stoma followed with an RBI triple down the right field line. After a walk, Sam Veillon pushed across the final run of the frame with a single to left field.

“I think the straw that broke the camel’s back was the triple to left by Stoma,” said Doughty. “We made a diving attempt at it and it got by our right fielder. If we keep it in front and give them a bag, we possibly could have minimized the damage.”

Minimizing damage was something Holston had no problem doing.

The senior hurler sat the Gents down in order in three of the final four innings and walked just one. He finished with six strikeouts.

“It’s been a little hit or miss with him (Holston) because he’s had shoulder issues,” said Robichaux. “We’ve been bringing him around kind of slow, but he had a great outing against E.D. White in the Teurlings tournament. He’s got it, he’s just got to get back at full strength. And it looks like he’s getting it back so that’s a good sign for us.”

Offensively, the Pios racked up 11 hits on the night.

Bourgeois led the charge with three hits while Gilbert and Joe Faulk each had two. Stoma, Guidry, Veillon, and Brennan Corzine each finished with one.

“Where we are now versus where we started, it’s like night and day,” said Robichaux of his offense. “We’re able to put a little more pressure on people as long as we keep the ball out of the air. But, overall, we’re doing a lot better on the hitting side.”

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