ST. MARTINVILLE — To say the Teurlings Catholic softball had an impressive day at the plate would be an understatement.
In Tuesday’s District 5-4A game at St. Martinville, Teurlings Catholic piled up 21 hits and 18 runs in an 18-1 victory that was called after six innings.
For most teams that would be a once-in-a-season cause for celebration, but for Teurlings Catholic coach Lauren Delahoussaye it’s something she’s come to expect.
“I am going to be honest, I expect that performance every day at the plate,” Delahoussaye said. “It doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the field. I think we should be able to hit and be able to hit any pitcher.”
After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second, Teurlings Catholic (9-3, 2-0) added to that lead the next two innings.
Summer Ellyson started things off in the top of the third with a hard hit single up the middle. Courtlin Naquin followed with a double to left-center field gap. After a strikeout by Lorin Martin, Kiley Thibodeaux hit the ball hard to St. Martinville third baseman Glenda Lewis who bobbled it.
Shortstop Rami Mitchell quickly picked up the ball and tried to throw Thibodeaux out at first, but her throw pulled the first baseman off the base, allowing two runs to score. The confusion from the error also allowed Thibodeaux to hustle around the base paths and score.
Teurlings Catholic added to its lead in the fourth. With two outs, Madison Judice got on with a double and Ellyson blasted a two-run home run. Heading to the bottom of the fourth, Teurlings Catholic held an 8-0 lead.
After giving up three hits but no runs in the first, Martin settled down and kept St. Martinville batters off balance and off the base paths. For the game, Martin gave up 10 hits while giving up just one run and striking out six batters in six innings.
“I thought she did great,” Delahoussaye said of Martin. “She is a freshman, so she is very young and inexperienced. This is a big game for her. Whether it is the state championship game or ninth or 10th game of the season, it is an experience for her. Every time she gets on the mound, she gets better.”
After leaving two runners on base in the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Tigers got one across in the bottom of the fifth. Madia Smith led off with a single and two batters later she crossed home with a single by Ashlee Jeanminette.
Teurlings Catholic exploded for 10 runs as the Lady Rebels batted through the order in the top of the sixth. St. Martinville (5-7, 1-2) went down in order in the bottom half of the inning as the Lady Rebels picked up the mercy-rule victory.
St. Martinville freshman Madison McNeese was tagged with the loss.
“We had some momentum early on and we let it slip away,” St. Martinville first-year coach Brandon Fontenot said. “They took it from us and they kept it and never gave it back.”
Both teams return to action on Thursday. St. Martinville plays at defending state champion St. Thomas More while Teurlings Catholic hosts Westgate. Both games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
Both teams are looking to continue build momentum as district play progresses.
“I just like for us to play well together,” Delahoussaye said. “Obviously we always want to play the perfect game. We always want to have as many strikeouts or every single play caught and made but that is unrealistic in high school softball. So for our team just to play well together and not dwell on our mistakes that is what I want for us.”
For Fontenot, who was an assistant on three Fast Pitch 56 teams at Opelousas Catholic, he is looking for his team to start putting everything together.
“We’re not piecing things together,” Fontenot said. “We got hits here and there and they had a big inning. We are better than the score indicates. We just have to be able to put it together.”