Robichaux tosses one-hit shutout at Kaplan

KAPLAN – Notre Dame’s Austin Robichaux has dominated opponents all season long and despite being a little under the weather, Tuesday was no different.

Robichaux, who had been sick leading up to Notre Dame’s road contest against Kaplan, tossed a one-hit, five-inning shutout at the Pirates to claim an 11-0 victory and give the Pios a perfect 5-0 record in league play.

“Not to make any excuses, but Austin had been sick since yesterday and wasn’t feeling all that well leading up to the game,” said Notre Dame coach Timmy Robichaux, whose squad improved to 21-3 overall with the victory. “He didn’t have his best stuff today but he fought through it.

“Luckily we were able to get out in five innings to keep his pitch count down.”

Robichaux struck out five Pirates in the first three innings and six in the final two, but had to work out of two bases-loaded jams due to three walks in the second inning and two in the fifth.

Zach Dubois logged the only Kaplan hit, a one-out infield single, in the fifth inning before back-to-back walks loaded the bases. Robichaux pitched his way out of the jam by striking out D.J. Faulk and Matt Grene to end the scoring threat and the game.

Notre Dame’s offense was also impressive. Seven Pios recorded at least one hit on the night off Kaplan starter Justin Broussard.

Ryan Leonards led the way with a 3-for-4 performance that included a double, a triple and two RBI.

Luke Bourgeois singled and tripled and drove in one run while Connor Goss doubled and drove in two runs. Robichaux had one hit and two RBI; Blaine Richard doubled and drove in one run; Pete Petitjean had a single and one RBI and Mitch Corzine had a double.

“We did a good job of hitting the ball hard and not getting frustrated,” said Coach Robichaux. “He (Broussard) threw a lot of breaking balls and then tried to sneak the fastball in there every now and then. We did a good job of not getting frustrated and hitting balls we knew we could drive.”

Notre Dame is now in the driver’s seat in league play with its unbeaten record. Rayne and Erath both follow with a record of 3-2.

“We are in a good position right now,” said Robichaux. “It’s a good place to be, we just have to make sure that we stay hungry as a team and keep working on getting better. There’s always room for improvement in any phase of the game so the big thing now is to not rest on what we’ve done and keep working on playing even better in the second round.”

Notre Dame begins the second half of district play Thursday when they play host to Erath at Miller Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6 o’clock.

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