OWENSBORO — Lafayette was down and looked every bit of out in the first round of the state softball tournament.
The No. 12 Generals were riding high after scoring four runs to open their game with fourth-ranked Owensboro Catholic on Thursday night at Jack Fisher Park.
The Generals' high turned to a low two innings later as they watched that lead disappear.
"After we fell behind, I told them we were going to see what we're made of," Coach Dana Taylor said.
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And what did she discover after the Generals scored six runs in the fifth inning to come back and top the Aces 11-8?
Taylor paused and smiled.
"I learned they're pretty darn tough."
Lauren Brockman jump-started the Generals in the fifth inning with a two-run double that pushed in Emily Kincaid and Lauren Mitchell, who both singled to start the decisive inning.
"Brock hit that shot, and it was the turning moment in the game," Kincaid said.
Katelyn Mitchell's bloop single to shallow left field tied it up at 8.
Then, with the bases loaded, eighth-grader Alexis Hull stepped to the plate and tripled off reliever Jessica Carmon. Her shot hugged the right-field line and pushed in three runs for Lafayette, including the go-ahead run.
"I swung so hard — as hard as I could — I didn't know I could hit it that hard," said Hull, who led the Generals with two hits and four RBI. "I saw it go and thought, 'Wow, I need to run.' "
Kincaid, Brockman and the Mitchell sisters also each had two hits in the victory, which was the seventh straight for Lafayette.
The Generals will face Calloway County in the second round Friday morning. The Lakers blanked No. 17 Ashland Blazer 3-0.
With the win, Lafayette (25-10) avenged a 6-3 loss to Owensboro Catholic on May 21.
"I feel like we just won the championship," said Kincaid, who came in to relieve Cassidy Taylor and picked up the victory. The junior allowed two runs on four hits.
The Aces (33-9), who had a 12-game win streak halted, fell into the elimination bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
Aces ace Andrea McBride, who came into the contest with a 21-3 record and a 1.45 earned-run average, took the loss.
The teams combined for 27 hits in the game, which lasted 2 hours, 5 minutes.
Like their coach, Lafayette's players said they learned a little something about themselves with the come-from-behind victory.
"This season we've been known as a team that gets down and then just sits down and gives up," Kincaid said. "But this time, in this game, every single person on the team stepped up and did something."