Teurlings edges St. Louis in 11 innings for state championship

Published 11:27 pm Saturday, May 11, 2024

SULPHUR — No. 1 St. Louis Catholic and No. 2 Teurlings Catholic locked into an 11-inning battle in the Select Division II baseball state championship game on Saturday at McMurry Park in Sulphur.

Teurlings (24-10-1) pulled it out with a single run in the 11th inning to beat the Saints 3-2.

Teurlings won its first state championship since winning three in a row from 2016 to 2018.

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The Rebels loaded the base with one out in the top of the 11th inning. Trace Moreau got Porter Stuart to fly out, but an error on the next play allowed Jake Farris to score the go-ahead run.

St. Louis (25-11) got the tying run on base with two outs in the bottom half of the inning, but Evan Vincent got a strikeout to end the game.

Jake Garber and Vincent, the game MVP, combined to hold the Saints to two runs on five hits. Vincent pitched six innings in relief of Garber and had four strikeouts and three walks.

After failing to get a runner on base in the eighth or ninth inning, the Saints looked primed to win it the game in the 10th. KeMonni Pullard singled with one out, Zachary Buxton was intentionally walked, and pinch hitter Kennedy Leggett was hit by a pitch with two outs. But Vincent got a ground out the get out of the jam. It was the second time the Saints left the bases loaded. The first was in the opening inning with the Saints trailing after Jack Purser drove in two runs on a single. St. Louis left 11 runners stranded.

The Saints tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Buxton scored on a passed ball, and Silas Deville scored on Moreaux’s squeeze bunt.

After giving up two runs in the opening frame, St. Louis Catholic’s Tallen Tourelle pitched eight scoreless innings before hitting the pitch count limit after recording the first out of the 10th inning on his seventh strikeout of the game. He pitched nine and one-third innings and held the Rebels to two runs on three hits.