LAFAYETTE — After leading for most of the game, the Acadiana baseball team showed some early season rust, committing three errors in the bottom of the seventh to help Teurlings Catholic rally for a 2-1 win in action at the Rebel Invitational hosted by Teurlings on Saturday.
With the bases loaded and a 1-0 lead, Acadiana pitcher Tanner Broussard hit pinch hitter Jonathan Fontenot to bring in the tying run.
Hayden Cantrelle then hit a sacrifice fly to score Matt McMillian.
“You could kind of feel the pressure getting to them there at the end,” Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux said. “Hats off to (Broussard), he gave them a really good seven innings. “But if we can pitch and play defense like that we’re going to be in every ballgame.”
Acadiana coach Jay Hodges said the game was a learning experience, something he’d much rather happen now than during District 3-5A play.
“Considering we haven’t been outside at all lately, I thought we played pretty well,” Hodges said. “We had some opportunities, but there were definitely mistakes on our part.”
One positive for Hodges was the production of the bottom third of his lineup.
Seven-hole hitter Tyler Laporte picked up two singles and scored the Rams only run on a single by Alex Courtier, the No. 9 hitter. Courtier finished 2-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.
“We have a little speed down there in the lineup, and they were able to see the ball well all day,” Hodges said.
Both teams struggled on the bases, which the coaches attributed to limited practice time because of inclement weather.
Teurlings had four runners picked off, including one picked off of third with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth.
Thibodeaux said the coaching staff has tried to simulate base-running indoors, but nothing compares to actual game speed.
“Those mistakes were big in the game, too,” Thibodeaux said. “We could’ve been up going into the seventh, but the pitched out and caught our guy at third.”
Teurlings pitcher Josh Taylor battled through all seven innings, finishing with five strikeouts. He had three walks and gave up six hits.
Taylor struggled with his command in the fifth and sixth but he got out of both jams, inducing an inning-ending double play in the fifth and a strikeout in the sixth.
Thibodeaux said the reason they stuck with Taylor during his struggles was because of his pitcher’s competitive fire.
“He’s such a competitor. He wants the ball, he wants to come get guys out and he wants to win for his team,” Thibodeaux said. “We owe him so much because of his heart, attitude and energy.”
ACADIANA 14, E.D. WHITE 3: In the first game at Teurlings, Acadiana picked up a win over E.D. White, scoring five runs in the first inning and four runs in the third.
On Friday night, E.D. White defeated Comeaux 10-1.
COMEAUX 6, ERATH 2: A two-RBI double by Ross Granger in the top of the third inning gave Erath (4-1) a lead it would never relinquish, as the Bobcats downed Comeaux in the second game of the Spartans doubleheader.
Erath starter Luke Young turned gave up two runs — only one earned — during his seven innings.
TEURLINGS, 7, VANDEBILT, 2: Powered by 10 hits, Teurlings picked up its second win of the day against Vandebilt.
After struggling on offense against Acadiana, the Rebels offense got back on track against the Terriers.
The loss was the second of the day for Vandebilt, which lost to Notre Dame 13-3.