Notre Dame outlasts Opelousas Catholic

Notre Dame's Jacques Thibodeaux makes a play for the Pios during a recent game at Miller Stadium.

OPELOUSAS – It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.
The Notre Dame Pios found themselves in a deep hole Wednesday in their non-district matchup with Opelousas Catholic, only to rally over the final innings for a 19-12 victory over the Vikings.
The Pios fell behind 8-3 after three innings, before rallying for their 14th victory (14-17) of the season.
The Pios started their comeback by sending 16 batters to the plate in an 11-run fourth inning. They collected five hits and took advantage of six walks and two errors to take a 14-8 advantage.
The slugfest continued over the final three frames with the Pios outscoring the Vikings 5-4.
Fortunately, the Pios offense was able to pick up the slack for their defense, which committed five errors that led to 10 unearned runs on the day.
The Pios had four players - Gavin Bourgeois, Brad Stoma, Alex Rozas and Sam Veillon - collect three hits each in the contest.
Bourgeois also had a triple and four RBI; Rozas and Veillon each added a double and two RBI and Stoma also drove in two runs.
Joe Faulk followed with two hits, including a double and an RBI; Jeff Daigle had a double and a single; Jacob Mooney had an RBI single and Kyle Habetz recorded two RBI.
Wyatt Sullivan picked up the victory on the mound after surrendering four runs, two earned, on six hits and one walk.
Nick Satchell earned a no-decision after working the first 2 2/3 innings on the mound. He gave up eight runs, none earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out two. Joe Faulk pitched two innings and struck out two.
On Tuesday, the Pios defeated district foe Kaplan, 7-2.
Royce Zaunbrecher picked up the victory in that game after limiting the Pirates to just two runs, both unearned, on three hits and one walk. He struck out seven in a complete-game victory.
Rozas led the Pios at the plate with three hits and one RBI while Mooney had two hits, including a double, and one RBI. Brad Stoma doubled and drove in two runs and Bourgeois had a triple and one RBI. Joe Faulk and Jacques Thibodeaux each had a single.
The Pios return to action Saturday when they play host to St. Louis at 11 a.m.

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