CARENCRO — One inning can turn the tide of a softball game.
Just ask the North Vermilion Patriots.
The Teurlings Catholic Rebels (21-7) used a six-run flurry in the fourth inning to rebound from a 5-1 deficit and defeat North Vermilion 7-6 at Pelican Park to close the regular season.
“Sometimes the chips just fall our way,” Teurlings coach Lauren Delahoussaye said. “It could have happened to us. With all of this rain, we’re struggling to get practices in. We’re playing on turf. A lot of things were going on that are out of the ordinary, so I’m just happy we were able to come out and continue putting the ball in play.”
North Vermilion (22-5) went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning after right fielder Morgan Harrington singled to center field to bring in two runs.
An RBI single by Katie Granger in the top of the second scored Monique Lavergne to cut the Rebels’ deficit to one run.
The Patriots retaliated with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, capped off by a single to right field by Claire Meyers to put North Vermilion ahead 5-1.
A single by Teurlings pitcher Summer Ellyson started a fourth inning North Vermilion would love to forget.
After two Rebels reached base on errors by Patriots shortstop Adele Vincent, Teurlings scored on a bases-loaded walk to Granger.
Teurlings trailed 5-4 after Ashlin Naquin hit a ground ball to first base that was mishandled and two runs scored off of the error.
North Vermilion finished with six errors, including four in the top of the fourth inning.
The Rebels capped off the scoring in the inning thanks to an RBI double by Ellyson to put her team up 7-5.
“All year in the games that we’ve struggled, it’s always one inning where we make one error, and we let it snowball,” North Vermilion coach Joy LeBlanc said.
“We have to be able to press the stop button in that bad inning and not let things get away from us.”
North Vermilion tacked on a run in the sixth on a double by catcher Demi Boudreaux, but Ellyson shut the door on a Patriots comeback.
Ellyson allowed four earned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. Granger and Naquin each had two RBIs to lead Teurlings.
A come-from-behind victory, against a softball powerhouse, was a good sign heading into the postseason, Delahoussaye said.
“They are a great team,” she said. “I’m very proud of the girls for the way they played during the fourth inning and on because we’ve struggled and it was definitely something that we needed going into the playoffs.”