LAFAYETTE — The Teurlings Catholic baseball team overcame St. Thomas More and Mother Nature as the Rebels posted an 8-3 victory in a District 4-4A game Thursday evening at Brother Ephrem Hebert Field on the STM campus.
The Cougars and Rebels dodged the rain that plagued much of Lafayette Parish but had to enure a 30-minute lightning delay in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
Teurlings (26-3) scored in the first inning as leadoff man Hayden Cantrelle walked and came ion on Chaney Dodge’s sacrifice fly.
The Rebels added a run in the second thanks to two walks and an error. Things could have been worse in the inning for STM but starter Ethan Hines struck out Nick Webre and Dodge to end the Rebels threat.
After holding TCHS scoreless in the top of the third, St. Thomas More (12-14) broke through and got to Teurlings starter Brett Weber in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Max Menard hit a solo homer to left-center field. The homer was STM’s first hit.
Teurlings, however, quickly answered the STM run by scoring three runs in the fourth inning.
Matt McMillan started the inning with a single to left, and Josh Taylor then followed with a single. Hayden Cantrelle then hit into a fielder’s choice, giving the Rebels runners on the corners with one out.
Pitcher Brett Weber then helped his cause. Webre hit an RBI double to score McMillian. Cantrelle moved to third on the hit and scored on a passed ball to push the TCHS lead to 4-1. A RBI groundout by Dodge made it 5-1.
Looking to get STM some runs back, Christian Leonard led off the fourth with a single to right. Brennan Langlinais then hit a ball to deep right. When the ball, which hung up for a minute finally dropped, Langlinais was caught in no-man’s land giving Teurlings enough time to throw him out at second base. Quin Hebert then stepped to the plate but with a 2-2 count lightning forced the umpires to clear the field.
After the delay, Teurlings starter Nick Weber returned to the mound, and despite a Stephen Moody double, he to prevented STM from cutting into the Rebel lead.
TCHS added two runs in the fifth, taking advantage of two walks and an error.
With his team leading 7-1, Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux sent his starter back out to the mound. But after giving up three straight hits, including an RBI single to Mason Tucker, Thibodeaux call upon Hayden Cantrelle as a reliever.
Cantrelle entered with the bases loaded and nobody out. The senior promptly induced a 1-2-3 double play to pick up the first two outs of the inning. He then forced Hebert to hit a grounder to shortstop, but a throwing error allowed a run to score and kept the inning alive. Not rattled by the error, Cantrelle struck out Moody to retire the Cougars side.
After five innings, Teurlings led 7-3. Teurlings added a run in the sixth.
The Teurlings pitching combination of Weber and Cantrelle combined to strike out 10.
On Saturday, Teurlings can lock up the district championship by beating Carencro at home. STM will step out district play and host Covenant Christian on Saturday.