LHSAA state softball tournament: Notre Dame’s three-run fourth sparks 6-2 win over Doyle _lowres

Associated Press photo by Kirk Meche (Lake Charles) American Press Notre Dame's Marcella Gossen makes a throw to first base against Doyle in a Class 2A quarterfinal at the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 softball state tournament Friday in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — The Notre Dame softball team has scored runs in bunches this season.

The Class 2A quarterfinal game at the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 state tournament on Friday was no different as Notre Dame used a three-run fourth inning to pick up a 6-2 victory over Doyle.

No. 4 Notre Dame will face No. 1 Calvary Baptist in a semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“We always have one inning where we score a bunch of runs,” Notre Dame coach Ashley Ray said. “We really feed off one another. We score as a group, and we did that in the fourth.”

Notre Dame got things going offensively earlier than the fourth inning as the Pios scored put two runs in the bottom of the first.

Leadoff hitter Mima Doucet reached with a single and then stole second. Mary Kate Bourgeois reached on an error by the catcher, but Doucet managed to score on the play. Bourgeois later scored on Sydnei Simon’s sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, Notre Dame’s Simon, Marcella Gossen and Kennedy Smith all scored runs in an inning that featured three singles.

That was plenty run support for Gossen.

The Notre Dame sophomore picked up the win after giving up two runs, both in the fifth, on nine hits. She struck out six. Gossen retired the first eight batters she faced.

“She has been doing really well as of late,” Ray said. “She worked the zone well today. You know when she comes out fresh she puts on a show.”

Notre Dame, which features only two senior starters, turn its attention to trying to advance to the state championship game for the first time since 2013. Ray was pleased with how her young team handled the environment and positive about her team’s chances Saturday.

“They seemed to handle it really well,” Ray said. “Hopefully it will be a long day tomorrow,” Ray said.