Thursday was Gia Durieux’s day. The Teays Valley Division I state semifinal game was the Perry Panthers’ test as a team.

The three-time state-qualifying Vikings became the first team to score this postseason off Perry pitcher Payton Gottshall, but Durieux and the Panthers didn’t care. Durieux slammed a state-record three home runs and Perry scored with two outs in five different innings to rout Teays Valley 14-3 and advance to Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game against Lakota West.

“I’ll say this about Gia — the attitude and focus she’s had for the last month led to the game she had today,” Perry coach Scott Daugherty said.

Durieux hit a solo homer in the second, an inning after Sunny Armstrong had done it in the first. Perry led 5-2 when Durieux came to bat in the fifth with two outs and Gottshall and Alycia Cunningham on with a single and walk, respectively. Gottshall drilled Sarah Klein’s pitch and Teays Valley’s left fielder never moved, dropping her head to her chest at the thought of trailing 8-2.

When Durieux — or Dureyo as the announcer said — led off the seventh with her third home run it was anti-climatic.

“I felt very confident,” Durieux said. “I just relaxed. I didn’t try too hard. Just put it in play.”

More precisely out of play.

The Perry offense was simply too much for the Vikings. Daugherty’s game plan of putting as much pressure on teams as possible with taking extra bases paid off again and again. Daugherty was a windmill at third, circling his arm in the third when Cunningham and Missy Holzopfel each hit RBI doubles, again in the fifth when Holzopfel hit another two-run double and in the sixth when Cunningham had an RBI single.

Perry scored an unbelievable 10 runs with two outs. The killer was the fifth inning when Perry bunted into a double play, only to explode for four runs.

“We nearly ran ourselves out of an inning,” Daugherty said. “Then all that happens in a span of four batters because Gottshall gets a single and Cunningham gets a walk. Then Gia [hits the homer]. We like to say pass the baton, and they did.”

Both Durieux and Holzopfel had four RBI and Cunningham had two. But Maddie Snyder was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI and Maddie Johnston was 3-for-4 as Perry socked 14 hits.

“Their No. 7 hitter hit three home runs,” Teays Valley coach Derrick Hastler said. “They scored 14 runs. It’s tough to beat [that].”

Gottshall showed she was human when Vikings catcher Macey Moore took her deep to start the second. It was her first earned run allowed since April 29, more than 50 innings ago. But she got tougher once she got the lead back.

The junior allowed just five hits, two less than the sum total of what she had allowed her last five games. Gottshall struck out seven and walked just one in improving to 16-2.

“She seemed to get the zone and the calls on the corner,” said Klein, Gottshall’s counterpart. “She’s a great pitcher, probably the best we’ve seen.”