SULPHUR — After the gates were locked at Frasch Park late Friday night, Teurlings Catholic appeared to be in position to bring home some hardware from the Fast Pitch 56 State Softball tournament at Frasch Park.
Teurlings Catholic entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A bracket and rolled past Pearl River and Belle Chasse by a combined score of 19-2.
That dominance continued in Friday’s quarterfinal round with a 4-0 victory over Bolton, in which Rebels ace Summer Ellyson threw 17 strikeouts.
After Saturday’s semifinals wrapped up, Teurlings, though, was the one going home early and without any hardware as No. 3 West Ouachita eliminated the perennial state power 6-1.
West Ouachita (24-9) set the tone with its first hitter. Bobbi Smith led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an error. The Chiefs were just getting started as they added three runs in the top of the third.
West Ouachita added another run in the fifth and capped off the afternoon with a solo home run by Amy Crockett in the seventh.
Ellyson wasn’t nearly as dominant Saturday as she was the night before. The Louisiana-Lafayette signee took the loss after giving up six runs on 10 hits while striking out four.
“We faced her two years ago in the semifinals,” West Ouachita coach Ashley Hoyle said. “We knew what she had. We knew if we got ahead early in the count and put the ball in play that we were going to find some success.”
Teurlings also struggled to get anything going against West Ouachita pitcher Brittany Hutton who scattered five hits over seven innings. The Rebels managed a run across in the bottom of the fifth when Ashlin Naquin singled and scored two batters later on a Sydney Manuel’s single.
“I am going to be honest,” Hoyle said. “My pitching is very slow. A lot slower than what they normally see. It throws a lot of people’s games off.”
Teurlings Catholic was looking to advance to the title game for the first time since 2013 when the team fell to St. Thomas More 6-4. The last time Teurlings won the state title was in 2012 when the it defeated Leesville 7-6.