Maybe it was the hair.
Before the game Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux decided to match his players and bleach his hair for the state tournament.
“I asked my wife’s permission. She said whatever it takes to win a state championship,” Thibodeaux said. “I figured two months of bad hair was worth a lifetime of memories.”
Thibodeaux will certainly remember this one, as the Rebels hammered the top-seeded Tioga Indians 16-1, jumping on their opponents from the first inning and never looking back.
The Rebels accumulated 17 hits, 14 RBI and one grand slam on the day.
“We just caught lightning in a bottle,” Thibodeaux said. “We’ve been talking about what we could do if we put it all together and we finally did that today.
“That was the biggest offensive output we’ve had to date, and it came at the perfect time.”
Tioga coach Dave Montiel said his team got behind early and could never recover.
The Rebels took the lead in the top of the first after catcher Austin Kirkpatrick smacked a double off the outfield wall and Caleb Lasseigne bounced a double down the right-field line that landed just fair.
“It’s tough, it’s definitely tough. We expected a different outcome,” Montiel said. “Baseball is a funny game, sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way and the next thing you know you get yourself behind.”
Even with the early lead the Rebels never let up, scoring in all but two innings and batting around the order twice.
Lasseigne, Teurlings’ senior second baseman, had a perfect day at the plate, reaching in all five at-bats and driving in four runs with two doubles.
“I’m so happy for him. He started as a freshman for us in the state championship and got two hits in that game, so he’s been there, done that,” Thibodeaux said. “He had a great approach at the plate today, he was ready to rock and roll. He worked all week long to hit the ball to the opposite field.”
But it was one of the Rebels’ coldest hitters that had perhaps the best day at the plate.
Outfielder Jacob Richard went 2-for-5 on the day with a double and a line-drive grand slam in the seventh inning.
Richard started the season on a hot streak, but struggled leading into the tournament.
Thibodeaux said Richard gives the Rebels a different offensive element with his athleticism and power at the plate.
“Early in the season he was on fire, but he’s been in a little bit of a slump lately. He’s a heck of an athlete with really quick hands,” Thibodeaux said. “He hit the ball really hard, it stayed on a line all the way out of the park.”