Most athletic events involving St. Thomas More and Teurlings Catholic are judged for their competition on the field.
When it comes to the softball programs for both schools, they’ve added a component of goodwill as well.
For the second straight year when the two teams get together, with Teurlings (9-11, 7-1) visiting St. Thomas More (11-6, 3-1) at 4 p.m. Thursday, the District 4-4A encounter will take on greater meaning than just a game that could ultimately determine the league’s champion.
They will also try to heighten breast cancer awareness when STM hosts “Pink Out at the Park,” with proceeds going to the Miles Perret Cancer Services Center.
“It’s a big rivalry game, but we’re also trying to raise some money,” STM coach Andria Waguespack said. “It’s big in a lot of different facets.”
Both teams will don special uniforms for the event: STM will wear white uniforms trimmed in pink; Teurlings will trade its traditional red, white and blue for pink jerseys.
“With raising money for cancer awareness, it makes it a big game all the way around,” Teurlings Catholic coach Lauren Delahoussaye said. “I’m hoping for a big crowd and a good showing.”
The Teurlings-STM clash highlights softball action in the Acadiana area with a couple of high-profile baseball games also taking place.
New Iberia (10-4, 2-1) hosts Sam Houston (15-7, 2-2) in District 3-5A action at 6 p.m. Thursday, with defending Class 5A state champion Barbe (19-5, 2-1) coming in for a 2 p.m. Saturday matchup.
District 5-4A leader Breaux Bridge (14-2, 4-0) hosts a couple of key home league games: St. Martinville (7-6, 2-1) on Thursday and Westgate (8-10, 2-1) on Friday, both at 6 p.m.
The District 4-4A softball race has evolved into a three-team race with STM, Teurlings and Beau Chene (13-4, 6-2) pulling away in the second round of play.
STM finished a 3-2, 4-3 sweep of Beau Chene, and the Lady Cougars are riding a modest three-game win streak after Tuesday’s 5-1 victory over Carencro.
“At this point in the season, that’s what you’re hoping for, which is some confidence and aggressiveness,” Waguespack said. “It should be a great game. I always say this about this game, which is you can throw the records out of the window. It doesn’t matter.”
Despite a lot of youth on its team, Teurlings made everyone take notice with a 4-3 victory over STM on March 15.
At that point in the season, the Lady Rebels were just 3-7. But behind a complete-game pitching effort from Lorin Martin, they have proven capable of competing for the district championship.
Teurlings avenged an earlier 13-7 loss to Beau Chene with a 7-3 victory over the Lady Gators on Tuesday.
“We have a lot of talent,” Delahoussaye said. “It’s a matter of being able to put it together, get those clutch hits and make the defensive plays that we need to make. The last time, we did what we needed to do. And hopefully we’ll be able to do it again.”