Academy of Our Lady rallied for a dramatic 8-7 victory over Ursuline to advance to the second round of the Class 4A softball playoffs at Harvey Playground on Monday.
“We were fighting Penguins tonight,” AOL coach Dawn Whimer said.
The Penguins were down 7-2 after five innings but scored three runs in each of the final two to come out on top.
“We knew what we were up against,” Whimer said. “I told them not to quit. We needed seven innings of strong ball.”
Magen Authement’s base loaded, two-out RBI hit sealed it for AOL.
“I’m ready to play the next game,” she said. “I’m ready to play in Sulphur; I’m ready to win in Sulphur. We’ve been working hard every day, every week. We’re ready to win.”
Authement didn’t waste any time on the at-bat, hacking away at the first pitch and golfing the ball into shallow right field.
“(I was just thinking) ‘hit the ball. Hit the ball,’ ” she said.
It was Authement’s third hit of the game. She also had two walks on the night, reaching base in all five of her plate appearances.
“She was hitting the ball strong today,” Whimer said. “I told her to just go after it with something strong, and she got it done. I’m happy for her.”
Earlier in the inning, Cailey Folse singled in two runs to tie the game at 7.
“I knew I had to get a base hit,” Folse said. “We only had one out, but I had to do my job.”
Folse’s single was a grounder that just sneaked under the shortstop’s glove into left field.
AOL looked like it was down for the count after the top of the fifth inning, when the Lions scored six runs to go up 7-2 on back-to-back homers by Maddie Avery and Delaney Ott. But Breanne Breaux took over pitching duties and shut out Ursuline over the final two innings.
Kassie Cressonie blasted a three-run homer to center field with two outs in the sixth inning to cut Ursuline’s lead to 7-5 and keep the Penguins’ hopes alive.
AOL will face either Tioga or Teurlings Catholic in the second round.