Teurlings Catholic pulled off its second straight road playoff upset Friday.
Teurlings, a No. 26 seed that won just 11 games in the regular season, knocked off No. 10 Academy of Our Lady 8-6 in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs at Harvey Playground.
Teurlings (13-16) advances to next week’s quarterfinals in Sulphur to face the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 2 West Ouachita and No. 18 Vandebilt Catholic.
“I think it has just been a new attitude for our team in the playoffs,” Teurlings coach Lauren Delahoussaye said. “We struggled in the season, and that stuck with us. It got to be a negative atmosphere, but at the end of the season we made the playoffs and it was time to start over.”
AOL, which has no seniors, finished 20-9 after playing its final game at Harvey Playground. The Penguins will now play on their newly completed field on the school’s campus .
We didn’t get the start we were looking for,” first-year AOL coach Dawn Whitmer said. “But I have to give it to my very young team. We battled back and kept the fight. We were close to turning it around at the end.”
But it was too little too late as Teurlings built an 8-2 lead after the top half of the sixth.
“I think we just decided to start playing for each other and being strong,” Teurlings sophomore pitcher Lorin Martin said about the turnaround. “It feels awesome to be going (to Sulphur). This is a goal for everyone, so we’re excited.”
Martin went the distance and also had a single and a double at the plate.
Her team got her off to a good start, scoring four runs in the second inning.
Leadoff batter Maci Rozas jump-started the inning with a two-run single that landed just past third base and near the foul line. Sydney Manual followed with a double that drove in two runs to give the visitors a 4-0 lead.
AOL cut halfway into the lead with two runs in the third. Cailey Folse, AOL’s leadoff batter, drove in the first run with a single, and Hanna Miller followed it up with an RBI double.
Teurlings, meanwhile, added two more runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Cailey Goulas’ RBI single highlighted the fifth for the Rebels and a pair of AOL errors helped lead to two more runs in the sixth.
The Penguins scored three runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh, but it was as close as they could get.
“So many positive things happened this year and with our new field, we are looking forward to next year,” Whitmer said.
The Rebels, meanwhile, are preparing for next week as they return to Sulphur, where they reached the semifinals a season ago.
Sydney Manuel had two doubles for Teurlings, which took advantage of five AOL errors.
Katelyn Luebbert lasted two innings for the Penguins, allowing five hits before being replaced by Breanne Breaux.
Magen Authement and Michaela Banks had two hits each for the Penguins.