Lady Pios top North Vermilion
Notre Dame’s Brittney Nolan slides past North Vermilion’s catcher Demi Boudreaux during the Lady Pios’ 7-3 victory over the Lady Patriots Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Jason Faul)
CROWLEY – When the Notre Dame Lady Pios get hot at the plate, it usually means the opposing team is in for a long day.
Thursday was one of those days.
The Lady Pios put on a hitting clinic with seven players combining for 17 hits in a 7-3 District 4-3A victory over North Vermilion.
The Lady Pios improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in league play with the victory. The Lady Patriots fell to 7-3 and 2-1.
“We knew that this was going to be a fight. The girls were just seeing the ball well and they had some smart at-bats today,” said ND coach Dusty Collette. “We were taking what they gave us and going with the pitch and I thought we did a great job of hitting the ball.”
The top of Notre Dame’s lineup - Elise LeBeouf, Alli Daigle, Mima Doucet and Taylor Satchell - carried the bulk of the load as the top four hitters combined for 11 hits, including three doubles, three triples and a home run.
“The top of our lineup is really aggressive and they put the bat on the ball,” said Collette. “If you leave something over the plate, they are going to jump all over it and that’s what I really love about the top of our lineup: it’s a combination of speed and power.
“We have a really good lineup from top to bottom, but the top is very strong with a lot of smart hitters. And like I said, it’s mixed with power and speed. But top to bottom, we’re solid with really good hitters.”
One of those hitters, second baseman Alli Daigle, was a single shy of hitting for the cycle against the Lady Pats. She had a triple in the first inning, a double in the second and a home run in the sixth while driving in three runs.
“Alli gives you all the qualities that you want in the top of the lineup,” said Collette. “She’s an excellent bunter; she’s a really good slapper and she can hit for power. She’s just a smart player and she consistently puts the ball in play. She’s going to go with the pitch and she’s going to hit the ball solid almost every single time.”
Daigle, along with LeBeouf and Satchell each had a triple in the bottom of the first inning as the Lady Pios rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game.
The Lady Pios added two more runs in the second and two in the third to take a 6-3 lead.
“We fell behind early, but we’re confident in our lineup and it’s always good from inning to inning,” said Collette. “Two runs for us, if we’re hitting like we’re capable of hitting, is nothing. We didn’t freak out or lose or composure because we knew that one big inning could get us back in it and that’s what happened.”
From there, Mollie Stelly took over.
The senior hurler gave up one hit in the fourth and blanked the Lady Pats the rest of the way, setting down nine of the final 10 batters she faced. Stelly finished with five strikeouts and two walks while allowing just five hits to earn the victory.
“Mollie is getting better with each inning and she gets stronger as the game progresses,” said Collette. “She did that last year, but I think this year, she’s on another level. She does a really good job of mixing her pitches and just staying confident.
“And tonight was a great example of that. She stayed true and pitched her game. They got a few hits, but she didn’t panic and she moved past it.”
Offensively, LeBeouf followed Daigle with three hits, including a triple while Satchell was a home runs shy of the cycle with a single, a double and a triple. Grace Doucet added two hits, including a double and two RBI; Stelly had two hits and two RBI and Zoie Lavergne and Mima Doucet each had a single and a double.