Top-ranked Pios cruise past No. 9 North Vermilion

CROWLEY – There was no lethargic start for the Notre Dame Pioneers Wednesday.

Unlike two days earlier, when they struggled early and found themselves tied with Abbeville midway through the game, the No. 2-ranked Pios were energized from the start against No. 9 North Vermilion and the result was a surprisingly-easy 12-0 victory at Miller Stadium.

The Pios banged out 13 hits in the first three innings and 14 overall in improving to 19-3 overall and 4-0 in league play.

North Vermilion fell to 11-9 and 2-2 with the loss.

“I like the way we came out today,” said Notre Dame coach Timmy Robichaux. “We came out with a little more intensity and a little more energy today and we were focused.”

That focus was evident from the start, beginning in the first inning when Luke Bougeois doubled down the left field line. Austin Robichaux followed with a run-scoring single up the middle and Ryan Leonards walked. A one-out single to left plated two more runs, giving the Pios an early 3-0 advantage.

“Luke led off with a hard hit right off the bat and that kind of set the tone,” said Robichaux. “Everybody after that got up there, got good pitches to swing at and hit the ball hard.”

Notre Dame added two more runs in the second frame off Patriot hurler Devan Necaise and tacked on seven more of reliever Brylan Suire in the third.

“We have been hitting the ball all year, but we haven’t been putting up back-to-back innings,” said Robichaux. “That’s what I liked about tonight, we didn’t just sit on three runs. We hit pretty much every inning and that’s what I was pleased about.”

Paiton McBride led the Pios with three hits while Blaine Richard, Connor Goss and Austin Robichaux each had two hits.

Mark Frederick had the only hit for the Patriots.

Robichaux was also pleased with his team’s defense and the pitching performance of junior hurler Austin Robichaux.

Robichaux, backed by a stellar defensive performance, gave up just one hit and hit one batter in five innings. He struck out five.

The Pios’ defense, led by a diving grab from sophomore third baseman Connor Goss and two plays on the run by junior second baseman Mitch Corzine, converted nine ground ball outs and one fly out on the day.

“Hopefully that’s our strong point (defense),” said Coach Robichaux. “When you get to playing better teams and deeper down the road, the ball is going to get put in play off our pitchers and we’re going to have to make the plays. That’s what we did tonight. We made pretty much all the plays and played well defensively.”

Notre Dame will play host to St. Martinville Monday at 6 o’clock.

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