SULPHUR — For the second straight season, it was the Class 3A semifinals that did in North Vermilion.
North Vermilion fell 6-5 to perennial power John Curtis on Saturday in the all-Patriots semifinal game in the Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament Saturday at Frasch Park.
“They are a tough team to beat in every sport, especially softball,” said North Vermilion pitcher Hannah Vidallier. “I thought we hung with them pretty well.”
Vidallier went the distance on the mound and also gave North Vermilion a chance to win it late when they were down 6-3.
Vidallier, who will play at LSU–Eunice next season, blasted a thre-run homer in the bottom of the seventh that cut it to 6-5.
Claire Meyers followed with a hard grounder to third, but was thrown out to end it.
North Vermilion finished 25-6 after making it to the Fast Pitch 56 for a fourth consecutive season.
They reached the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013 before reaching the semifinals the past two seasons.
They were looking to win the school’s second state championship and first since 1986.
“I thought my girls fought really hard,” said North Vermilion coach Joy LeBlanc. “When you are playing a team like Curtis, you can’t get in a hole.”
Vidallier went 3-for-4 with two singles to go with her home run.
North Vermilion trailed 3-0 after the first inning but cut into the deficit in the second when Lopez doubled and scored on a Curtis error.
“We came out a little slow and made some errors at the beginning, but we came back and made it a game,” Vidallier said. “I pitched well and had my back up, but I guess it wasn’t our day.”
North Vermilion’s Kaylee Lopez, the No. 8 hitter, finished with a double and two singles. Adele Vincent, who had a team-best .531 batting average during the regular season, also had two singles.
“I’m proud of the way we came back,” said LeBlanc. “We had chances but didn’t pull it out. We gave it a good go.”