After an upset loss to North DeSoto in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs last season, second-seeded Teurlings Catholic returns to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 when it takes on No. 26 Bolton at 6 p.m. Friday at Frasch Park in Sulphur.
After missing the Fast Pitch 56 for the first time in six years, the Rebels (24-7) are looking forward to returning to the tournament, and they hope to make the most of it.
“We’re so excited,” said Teurlings sophomore catcher Courtlin Naquin. “It’s like everything we’ve been working for this season, this is it.”
Naquin said the team has barely been able to contain its excitement since qualifying for the tournament.
“We’re pumped, we’re so excited,” Naquin said. “We talk about it basically every day at P.E.; we talk about it every night in a group message; we tell all of our teachers and classmates. This is something we’re really proud of. It’s a big accomplishment.”
The Rebels will be trying to win their sixth state title and their first under coach Lauren Delahoussaye, who took over the program the year after its last title in 2012.
A state championship would put Delahoussaye’s name in the Teurlings record books as she would help continue the legacy of a program that has won five titles since the turn of the millennium.
“Making it to the (Fast Pitch 56) is one of our final goals,” Delahoussaye said. “It’s the ultimate destination. Hopefully, we show up and play well. It’s what we work for all year long, so it would be a shame to not do well whenever we’re there.”
Rather than focusing on their opponents, the Rebels have decided to focus on themselves going into the tournament.
Delahoussaye is yet to decide who will pitch in Friday’s quarterfinal, and when asked what she knew about Bolton and how Teurlings was preparing for them, her response was blunt.
“I don’t’ know,” Delahoussaye said. “We’re working on our weaknesses. We’re really just trying to prepare for anything, covering all facets of our game and working more to stay strong mentally.”