Pios land four on 6-3A All-District team
Notre Dame’s Gavin Bourgeois stretches out for a throw during the Pios’ regional playoff loss to John Curtis at Miller Stadium. Bourgeois was one of four Pios recently named to the 6-3A All-District first-team. Royce Zaunbrecher, Jacob Mooney and Jeff Daigle also received honors. (Photo by Christell Faul)
CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Pioneers leaned on their senior leadership in 2014, battling through an injury-plagued season while playing one of the toughest schedules in the state.
Four of those seniors earned accolades recently when the 6-3A All-District baseball team was announced by the league’s coaches.
Gavin Bourgeois, Royce Zaunbrecher, Jeff Daigle and Jacob Mooney were all selected to the first-team in a district that produced four playoff teams this fall - North Vermilion, Erath, Notre Dame and Kaplan.
Bourgeois, who missed some of the season due to an arm injury, hit .362 in league play with two home runs and eight RBI. On the year, he hit .306 with three doubles, three triples, two home runs and 19 RBI while stealing nine bases. On the mound, the southpaw went 3-1 prior to his injury with a .750 earned run average in 9 1/3 innings.
Zaunbrecher was one of four pitchers named to the first-team after recovering from Tommy John surgery at the end of his junior season. He was 1-0 in district play with a 1.84 ERA. On the year, he posted 29 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings.
Daigle and Mooney both earned spots as utility players.
Daigle, a catcher, hit .304 in league play with seven RBI. He finished his senior campaign with a .323 average and had seven doubles and 21 RBI. Mooney hit .304 with 10 RBI in district while posting a .290 average on the season with six doubles, one triple and 22 RBI.
North Vermilion’s Donald Comeaux earned the league’s MVP honor after going 3-0 in league play with a 1.49 ERA. He struck out 27 and hit for a .250 average.
North Vermilion’s Jeremy Trahan and Erath’s David Jordan shared the Coach of the Year honor after both teams finished tied for the league championship with 7-1 records.
Erath claimed five other spots on the first team in pitchers Jace Harrington (2-1, .650 ERA) and Brett Delcambre (3-0, 3.81 ERA), shortstop Jesse Jordan (.524, 10 RBI) and outfielders Alec Toups (.471, 10 RBI) and Ross Granger (.421, 8 RBI).
North Vermilion also grabbed five spots on the first-team in catcher Trey Broussard (.250, 4 RBI), second baseman Ryan Thompson (.400, 4 RBI), outfielder Seth Patin (.421, 4 RBI) and utility players Chance Carriere (.625, 7 RBI) and Ryan Meaux (3-0, 1.05 ERA, .381, 10 RBI).
Kaplan rounded out the squad with two selections in third baseman Brady Mott (.500) and utility player Slade Bouillion (.538).
Notre Dame was awarded five spots on the second team in pitchers Sam Hoffpauir and Joe Faulk, outfielder Jacques Thibodeaux and utility players Alex Rozas and Brad Stoma.
Hoffpauir, a freshman, was 4-2 on the season with a 2.07 ERA. He struck out 31 in 27 innings.
Faulk, a sophomore, was 6-6 on the year with a 1.44 ERA. He struck out 45 in 58 1/3 innings and he also hit .235 with seven doubles and 14 RBI.
Thibodeaux, a junior, hit .305 with three doubles, two triples and 14 RBI. The speedster was also 11-13 in stolen bases.
Rozas, a senior third baseman, hit .286 with five doubles and 11 RBI while Stoma, a junior outfielder, hit .250 with six doubles and 13 RBI.
Also earning second-team honors were Kaplan’s Rhett Gaspard, Scott Russo, Zayne Hargrave, Dylan Roussel and Jobe Cormier; Erath’s Luke Young, Bryson Suire, Tyler Touchet, Aaron Greene and Layne Faulk and North Vermilion’s Dylan Duhon, Ty Desormeaux and Taylor Abshire.
Honorable mentions included Notre Dame’s Kyle Habetz and Sam Veillon, Erath’s Ben LeBlanc, Chad Broussard and Drew Primeaux, West St. Mary’s Darien Dwyer and Kylon Brown and Kaplan’s K.C. Kass.