LAFAYETTE — North Vermilion baseball coach Jeremy Trahan said the story of the Patriots’ District 6-3A victory over Notre Dame on Sunday was the two-out hit.
“We scored eight runs with two outs,” he said. “If you take those two-out hits away, we probably sitting at a 3-0 ballgame.”
The Patriots took advantage of some timely hits in their 10-0 win over the Pios. In the second inning, Seth Patin hit a single that scored two runs to make it 5-0. In the third, Connor Dupuy cleared the bases with a triple to make it 8-0.
Trahan said his team was hungry to get on the field after more than a week off because of heavy rain in the area.
Luckily for his players, M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field was vacant for the weekend, allowing four area high schools to play home games Sunday — including North Vermilion.
“Everyone in the state has been waiting over a week to play,” Trahan said. “You’re always worried because we aren’t out there on the field for so long, and it showed. We had a rough first inning where Donald (Comeaux) was a little bit wild, but we didn’t panic.”
Comeaux, a Louisiana-Lafayette commitment, loaded the bases with no outs in the first. He got out of the jam behind a double play — one of four on the day for the Patriots.
Trahan said he has a lot of confidence in his defense.
“(Shortstop Ty Desormeaux and second baseman Connor Dupuy) do a wonderful job,” Trahan said. “They’re interchangeable, and we have a lot of confidence in those guys. We made the routine plays when they were hit to us and did a good job of not beating ourselves.”
Comeaux pitched all six innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five. Trahan said Comeaux dominated the strike zone, and that is what his team has come to expect.
“Donald has been throwing for us for five years now,” Trahan said. “We know what we are going to get from him. He is going to dominate the zone and throw strikes. He isn’t going to get nervous up there, and that was the story of it. We stayed the course, got out of the innings with some double plays and we took all the momentum.”
The rain has created a bit of a conundrum for the Patriots, who play Notre Dame on Monday and have games against Erath on Tuesday and Thursday.
“It was important for us to get out of this one with a win, because we have those big games coming up,” Trahan said. “We talk to the kids all the time about competing with what you got and what you’re dealt. We’re dealt a bad hand right now. We are going to compete with what we’re given, and the most important game is the one we got next. We’ll be ready to compete.”