Teurlings Catholic finished the season sweep of District 5-4A baseball opponent Cecilia winning 6-4, behind an impressive performance from Hayden Cantrelle on Thursday afternoon.
Cantrelle went 2-for-4, including a solo home run over the right field fence two stolen bases and three runs scored. Cantrelle reached base on all four of his at-bats.
The sophomore is hitting .356 on the season with 16 RBIs.
Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux said Cantrelle’s performance at the plate highlighted his offensive value.
“He did a good job at the plate today. He hit a rocket in one at-bat and the came back and laid down a perfect drag bunt in the next,” Thibodeaux said. “He’s a player, man. I’m glad he’s on our team.”
Thibodeaux said Cantrelle’s base running led to extra runs for the Rebels — runs his team needed to get by feisty Cecilia.
“We knew this game would be nothing like the first game we played against them,” Thibodeaux said. “(Cecilia coach Jamie) Calais does such a great job with their team, and they really battle at the plate.”
The Rebels (15-8, 5-2) jumped out to a three-run lead in the opening innings, scoring one run in the second, third and fourth innings.
The game was interrupted in the top of the fourth, though, when Calais and another Cecilia coach were tossed out of the game for arguing a strike call on a bunt attempt.
“I hate to say it, but he missed the call,” Calais said. “We ended up winning the appeal, but after the appeal is when I got thrown out. We kind of got a little bit lucky when two of their coaches got thrown out on a blown call,” Thibodeaux laughed.
The Bulldogs (15-5, 4-2) responded in the bottom of the fourth, scratching across a run courtesy of an RBI-single by pitcher Damian Runkle.
But the Rebels fought back, with Cantrelle scoring his second run of the game on a Nick Webre RBI-single in the top of the fifth.
Thibodeaux said the Rebels needed to respond to the pressure of a big game after dropping their past two district games to St. Thomas More and St. Martinville.
“I’m glad it was a close game. We needed to get our minds right after those couple of losses there,” Thibodeaux said. “They definitely made it tough on us.”
Cecilia put the pressure on in the sixth, scoring two runs thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by Kalob Boudreaux and Runkle. But the Rebels scored two runs in the seventh to extend their lead.
Austin Kirkpatrick smacked an RBI-double off the right-field wall, scoring Cantrelle, but Chaney Dodge was thrown out at the plate to end the inning for the Bulldogs.
“I thought having that run thrown out at the plate was going to come back and bite us,” Thibodeaux said. “ (I) broke all my own rules on that one, but we were able to pull it out.”