They went through a demanding 39-game baseball schedule that culminated in their first state championship together.
But the baseball world has hardly stopped spinning for Teurlings Catholic’s rising senior duo of Hayden Cantrelle and Nick Webre.
If anything, since the Rebels’ 3-2 victory over West Ouachita last month, Cantrelle and Webre have picked up steam.
“Guys like us, we don’t get tired of the game,” Cantrelle said. “Since the state championship, it’s been non-stop. I enjoy the game so much, it’s easy to go out and play every day. I never get tired of it. There’s no better game, personally.”
If they’re not playing for Teurlings’ summer team — the Mizuno Rebels — you can find Cantrelle and Webre taking part in events such as the Area Code Games in Arlington, Texas, and East Coast Pro Showcase in Jackson, Mississippi, that are driven by Major League Baseball scouts.
They’ll also join forces, along with Vermilion Catholic’s Gage Trahan, to represent Louisiana in the first Southeastern Underclassman Shootout — an invitational all-star event featuring the top players in the graduating Classes of 2017-19.
The three-day event at Troy University begins Tuesday with teams from Georgia, North Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee competing against Louisiana and Alabama for the Gold Cup.
“They’ll have some of the best players from their states,” Webre said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get our names out there, develop and see better competition before next spring and be even more prepared to bring home another title.”
Cantrelle and Webre said they hadn’t seen their team’s roster but are hopeful of gelling during workouts.
“I believe they’ll have some scouts watching,” Cantrelle said. “We want to go and compete. There are no slouches in that group. We want to represent our state, show the other guys what Louisiana’s got and show we’re the best.”
Players arrived Monday and were treated to guest speaker Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux.
“He’s one of the best guys that knows the game,” Cantrelle said of Robichaux, to whom he committed last fall.
Cantrelle and Webre played key roles in helping Teurlings to a 35-4 record and Class 4A state championship.
Cantrelle excelled on the mound and at shortstop, batting .398 with a team-high 45 runs, nine doubles, five triples and 29 RBIs.
Webre, the Class 4A Outstanding Player and state’s Mr. Baseball, batted .444 with 42 runs scored, 11 doubles, six triples, six homers and 41 RBIs.
Webre, an LSU commitment, previously competed in the Area Code Games and remains hopeful of landing a spot in the eight-team Area Code Baseball Games in San Diego in August.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Webre said. “If an opportunity presents itself, I’ll focus on it then. But I’m trying to get ready for next spring, developing myself to the best of my ability and get ready to have a college career.”
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Cantrelle, the projected starter as Teurlings’ quarterback this season, has followed the same approach into any showcase event. That includes the East Coast Pro Showcase, where he was selected Sunday to play July 31-Aug. 4 at Tampa’s Steinbrenner Field.
Cantrelle was chosen for the event among players from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and the panhandle of Florida.
“If a (draft) opportunity presents itself, I never know what might happen,” Cantrelle said. “That’s a long time from now. I can get a lot better. Maybe that opportunity’s not there to make a decision. I’m just working to get to the process.”