Lady Pios rally past St. Charles
The Notre Dame Lady Pios circle home plate to congratulate Taylor Satchell (11) following a home run Friday. The Lady Pios defeated St. Charles 6-5 at Hensgens Field to earn a trip to the Fast Pitch 56 Tournament in Sulphur beginning on Friday. (Photo by Christell Faul)
CROWLEY – Survive and advance is the name of the game when it comes to the Louisiana state softball playoffs and the Notre Dame Lady Pios did just that Friday in their Class 3A regional contest against St. Charles at Hensgens Field.
The Lady Pios (21-5) were able to overcome 12 walks and a first inning four-run deficit as they clawed their way to a 6-5 victory over the visiting Lady Comets.
“This is just a huge credit to our kids’ character and heart and they just never give up,” said Notre Dame coach Dusty Collette following the victory that sends his team to the Fast Pitch 56 Tournament in Sulphur on Friday where they will take on No. 5 Buckeye at noon on Field 15.
“Some things went our way and some things didn’t, but we just kept battling to the end. We dealt with a lot of adversity today and it was awesome to come away with the win.”
That adversity was in the circle with ace Mollie Stelly being sidelined to start the game.
Zoie Lavergne got the start on the mound and struggled with her control in the first frame. She walked four batters, gave up one hit and was called for an illegal pitch twice that all culminated in four runs crossing the plate.
“We started Zoie and she has been doing a great job for us but I think maybe her nerves got the best of her,” said Collette. “It was a shakey start so we thought maybe it would be better to put Zoie at first (base) to let her nerves settle down and Mollie felt like she was ready to go and so we made the change.”
Stelly, who has a pulled tendon, took over in the circle in the second inning and went 5 2/3 innings before the pain was unbearable and she had to leave the game in the seventh. During her time on the mound, Stelly surrendered just one run on two hits and five walks while striking out three.
“We just told Mollie to go out there and throw strikes and let our defense play behind you and that’s what she did.”
While the Lady Pios were working out the issues on the mound, their offense came to life.
Elise LeBeouf, a University of Houston commitment, started the rally in the bottom of the first inning with a leadoff double. She later scored on a triple by Mima Doucet. Taylor Satchell followed with an RBI double to left field that cut the Comets’ lead to 4-2.
Satchell, an LSU commitment, led off the third inning with a solo home run to left to trim the deficit to one (4-3) before LeBeouf singled and scored on a passed ball in the fourth to tie the game.
The Lady Pios took the lead for good in the fifth inning when Brittney Nolan walked and scored on a groundout by Harley Bellard and Lavergne scored on a double to center field by LeBeouf.
Stelly recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but she then gave up back-to-back walks. Lavergne re-entered on the mound and gave up a walk to load the bases before another illegal pitch pushed across a run.
Lavergne regrouped and got the next batter to ground out to Alli Daigle at second base to end the contest.
Satchell and LeBeouf paced the Lady Pios at the plate with three hits each. Satchell had a home run, a double and two RBI while LeBeouf doubled twice and drove in one run. Doucet added a triple while Lavergne had a single.
“We were lucky enough to get the bats hot a couple of times and put a couple of good innings together offensively,” said Collette. “Taylor and Elise were real solid at the pate. They accounted for six of our eight hits so that was huge for us.”