Teurlings Catholic baseball coach Mike Thibodeaux has plenty of data available on the life of a No. 1 seed.
Just a year ago, the Rebels, who were seeded fifth, upset top-seeded Tioga en route to reaching the Class 4A state championship game.
“I brought it up to the team last week that we had to start all over again,” Thibodeaux said. “We won state one year as an 11th seed. All the wins we have got us to this point. Now everybody starts all over again.”
When Teurlings (27-4) starts its postseason run, the Rebels will do so from the pole position after receiving the top seed in Class 4A when the LHSAA released its pairings Sunday in all seven classifications.
Teurlings hosts No. 32 St. Martinville (11-13) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
“To this point ,we feel like we’ve accomplished what we set out to do this season,” said Thibodeaux, whose team went 10-0 on its way to the District 4-4A crown. “We wanted to secure the highest possible seed and put ourselves in position to make a run in the postseason.”
Teurlings led a sizable parade of 35 teams from the Acadiana area into the postseason, which begins Monday for some teams.
Lafayette High (21-8) was awarded a No. 2 after finishing second to No. 1 Barbe in the competitive District 3-5A race.
The Mighty Lions, though, weren’t dealt the most advantageous draw in No. 31 Alexandria (15-16), which is led by 6-foot-7 pitcher and LSU signee Matt Beck.
“That’s the problem with the first round,” said Lafayette coach Sam Taulli, whose team hosts its game Tuesday at 4 p.m. “You run into a team with one (good) arm. You can’t let that one guy beat you. We just have to show up and play our game.”
Central Catholic of Morgan City (23-4) is the area’s other No. 1 seed. The Eagles capped an impressive stretch of five consecutive wins last week to the District 7-1A title and host No. 32 Logansport on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
“I’m excited about the momentum we have going forward,” CCMC coach Tyler Jensen said. “We have a lot of good things going for us: district champs and the No. 1 seed. Our kids understand that after (this past) Saturday, everyone’s zero and zero. The No. 1 seed is great, but ultimately it’s only about who’s No. 1 at the end of the postseason.”
With six teams reaching the playoffs, including four seeded in the top 10, Taulli realizes the long-term benefit playing in District 3-5A can have for his team.
“Some people may argue, but I think statistics prove we have the toughest district in the state,” Taulli said. “If you can compete and finish second in this district, you may be the second best team in the state.”
No. 25 Kaplan (13-13) travels to No. 8 Eunice (24-5) Monday at 5 p.m. in a Class 3A first-round game, while No. 23 New Iberia (12-11) visits No. 10 Zachary (21-10), Monday at 6 p.m.
The Class 4A bracket features 10 teams from the Acadiana area, followed by 3A with eight and 1A with seven.
Fifth-seed and District 5-4A champion Breaux Bridge (22-4) will entertain No. 28 LaGrange, the District 3-4A champion, Tuesday at 6 p.m., while two-time reigning Class 4A champion St. Thomas More (16-13) will host No. 26 Salmen.
Additionally, District 7-1A had five teams qualify for postseason play.
Central Catholic won the league crown with a doubleheader win over Gueydan, a 12-1 road win over Hanson and a road sweep of Ascension Episcopal 13-10 and 6-5 in 10 innings.
“Over the last 1½ weeks, we’ve really started to turn it on at the plate,” Jensen said. “I think we’re starting to turn the corner toward playing the best we possibly can.”