Pios rally past Jennings to clinch 4-3A title

JENNINGS – With their backs against the wall and just three outs to go, the Notre Dame Pioneers came though in a big way Tuesday in their District 4-3A matchup with Jennings.

Trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh, the Pios rallied to tie the game and later took advantage of a two-out error in the eighth to slip away with a 4-2 victory.

The Pios (17-11, 9-0) clinched the District 4-3A championship with the victory.

“This is big for us considering where we got started and where we’re ending up,” said ND coach Timmy Robichaux, whose squad was 6-11 on the season entering league play. “You’re always hoping to be playing well at the back end of the season so now we have a little momentum going.”

The Pios were unable to get any momentum going early on Tuesday.

Jennings’ Evan Guillory held the Pios hitless for six innings and struck out nine along the way.

That all changed in the seventh inning, however.

Alex Rozas broke up the no-hitter with a drag bunt single to start the frame and after a steal and a wild pitch, he found himself at third base with two outs. He eventually scored on a wild pitch and, following a walk to Jacques Thibodeaux, Gavin Bourgeois delivered an RBI single to tie the game.

“It was a tough game for their starter to lose,” said Robichaux of Guillory. “He pitched really well and he had us pretty much the whole game. We just kind of found a way to get on base right there at the end.”

Sam Veillon got the Pios going in the eighth by reaching base on an error. Taylor Faulk entered to pinch run for Veillon and stole second base before moving to third on a groundout by Rozas. Brennan Corzine then drew a walk before Joe Faulk’s fly ball to right field was misplayed, allowing both runners to score.

Bourgeois, pitching in relief of Brad Stoma, shut the Bulldogs down in the bottom of the frame on a groundout, a flyout and a strikeout.

“Alex got us started in the seventh and then in the eighth, the right fielder had to come in and charge it and I think the pressure kind of got to him and he dropped the ball,” said Robichaux.

The Pios had just two hits on the night, both in the seventh inning.

Jennings was led at the plate by Kaleb Chaisson (3-for-5) and Cade Henry (2-for-3).

The Pios will wrap up league play tonight when they play host to Iowa 6 p.m.

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