Walk-off homer lifts Lady Pios past Dutchtown

CROWLEY – It’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. Unless you start the same way you finish.

Notre Dame’s Kelsey Brown started Saturday’s non-district contest against Class 5A’s No. 8-ranked Dutchtown with a two-run home run in the first inning and finished with a solo walk-off homer in the seventh, helping lift the Lady Pios past the Lady Griffins, 6-5.

“Kelsey had a great day today,” said Notre Dame coach Lance Reed of his senior third baseman, who finished the day with three RBI. “She stayed late at practice during the week and hit extra rounds. Not just one, but six extra rounds. This is a returning All-State player who recognized she was in a slump and battled her way out of it.”

The victory was crucial for the Lady Pios for the simple fact that it will increase their chances of getting a higher seed in the upcoming playoffs.

“I am anxious to see what happens at the playoff seeding meeting on Friday,” said Reed, whose team is currently 19-7 and will play St. Thomas More today.

Brown’s two-run blast in the first inning gave the Lady Pios a 2-0 advantage before Dutchtown reeled off four runs in the fourth.

Hannah Godeaux walked in the fifth and scored on a double by Meranda LeBlanc.

Dutchtown pushed the lead back to 5-3 in the sixth with a solo homer by Hannah Bergeron.

However, Notre Dame’s Taylor Simon drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the frame and Alex Boulet singled in a run to tie the game at 5-5.

Dutchtown went down in order in the top of the seventh, setting the stage for Brown’s last inning heroics.

Leading off the seventh, Brown deposited a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall for the walk-off game winner.

Godeaux got the victory in relief of starter Amelia Lavergne. Godeaux came in with one out in the sixth and retired five straight Dutchtown hitters. Lavergne logged four strikeouts and yielded just three earned runs.

“Our pitchers really compliment each other well,” said Reed. “Godeaux came in the game today and performed her role to perfection. It’s great to know you have a great pitcher to go to even when she does not start.”

Brown’s performance at the plate boosted her average to .514 on the year. Her three runs driven in also extended her team-leading RBI total to 36.

LeBlanc and Taylor Simon each doubled in the victory, Boulet singled and drove in a run and Charli Leger had one hit.

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