Things may not have gone as planned for St. Thomas More’s baseball team when, after consecutive Class 4A state championships, a more youthful team was upset in the first round of the playoffs.
That didn’t deter senior first baseman Mason Templet, who spent the majority of last year’s state title run sidelined with an injury, from rebounding with an All-America-type season.
Templet, an LSU signee, responded from an injury-filled 2015 with a standout final season, highlighted by the announcement Tuesday that he was named a medium schools (between 1,000 and 2,000) first-team All-American by MaxPreps.com.
“We showed some promising points in the season and just fell short in the first round of the playoffs,” Templet said. “We had a bunch of young talent. We didn’t really show what type of team we were.”
Class 4A state champion Teurlings Catholic was represented by ninth-year coach Mike Thibodeaux, who was medium schools Coach of the Year. Junior right fielder Nick Webre, an LSU commitment, was a second-team All-American.
“I think it’s another testament of how hard we worked this season,” Webre said. “It’s another huge honor for me which I didn’t see coming. It’s awesome to get these honors for the school.”
Templet, a Class 4A first-team all-state selection, was one of 30 selections to MaxPreps' first team. He batted .455 and added 40 runs, nine homers and 27 RBIs.
“I’m very thankful and appreciate that I was recognized,” Templet said. “It really means a lot to me. It shows that I’ve been brought up around the right people. I can’t thank my coaches enough. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Webre continued to enjoy a banner postseason after batting .444 with 42 runs, 11 doubles, seven triples, six homers and 39 RBIs. Webre has been named to the Class 4A all-state first team and was selected as that classification’s outstanding player. He was the recipient of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Baseball award.
Webre also was named a third-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the same organization that made Thibodeaux its Division II national Coach of the Year.
Thibodeaux guided Teurlings to a school-record 35-4 mark, a third state championship in his nine seasons at the school and a No. 8 finish in MaxPreps’ XCellent 50.
“It’s awesome for him because he makes the program what it is,” Webre said of Thibodeaux. “There’s no doubt the program’s not what it is without him.”
NOTE: Junior pitcher Logan Savoy of South Beauregard, a Louisiana-Lafayette commitment, was the state’s other representative on the MaxPreps All-America team. He was a first-team choice.