CROWLEY — It was a good thing the umpires showed mercy, because Notre Dame’s hitters surely didn’t.
In Monday’s Class 3A softball playoff opener, No. 9 Notre Dame routed No. 24 Louis McGehee 15-0 in a mercy-rule game called in the bottom of the third inning. Notre Dame will face No. 25 Loranger, a 3-2 winner over No. 8 North Webster, in the regionals.
“It really gave us some confidence,” said Taylor Satchell, who went 3-for-3 with five RBIs and three runs. “I am proud of how we jumped out on them quickly.”
“The girls came out focused and with intensity today,” Notre Dame first-year coach Ashley Ray said.
Notre Dame (15-5) started off strong by having its first five batters reach base.
Mima Doucet led off with a scorcher down the third-base line for a single. Gracie Doucet followed with a sacrifice bunt, but was able to reach first base because of a throwing error from the McGehee catcher. Elise Lebeouf then drove home Doucet with a double to center field, and Taylor Satchell drove home two more with a double to right. Britney Nolan followed with a RBI double, and she scored two batters later on a groundout by Melise Gossen.
The first inning was just the warm-up act to Monday’s powerhouse performance.
With a runner on first, Mima Doucet hit her second straight single of the day in the bottom of the second. Gracie Doucet drove in two runners with a double to the gap in left-center field. LeBeouf followed with a RBI single and Satchell drove her in with a stand-up triple to the wall. After a RBI sacrifice fly by Nolan, Gossen blasted a solo homer over the left-field wall to give the Lady Pioneers a commanding 11-0 lead.
“We just go out and execute a game plan every game,” Satchell said. “We just try to wait for our pitches.”
Harley Bellard started the third with a solo homer and three quick runs later, Notre Dame scored its 15th run, which forced the umpires to call the game.
Gossen picked up the victory after holding the Lady Hawks to three hits (all singles) and striking out five. McGehee’s Maddie Sublette was tagged with the loss after giving up 15 runs on 15 hits and one hit batter.
Notre Dame started off last season’s postseason with a 16-0 win over Rayville on its way to the state semifinals in Sulphur. Ray said her team is just focused in the present and not what may happen in the next two weeks.
“Were not looking ahead to Sulphur,” Ray said. “We are not talking about Sulphur. We are just focused on the one game at a time.”