For the second time in two days, Teurlings Catholic rallied late for a come-from-behind victory.
Hayden Cantrelle smoked a single up the box to drive in pinch-runner Cody Comeaux to give the Rebels a lead they would never look back from on their way to an eventual 7-5 win against Erath in the last game of the Rebel Invitational.
“It was a great test. Erath is a good team and to be able to survive that and come out with the win is a feather in our cap for sure,” Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux said.
The Rebels fell behind in the fourth inning when Erath shortstop Jesse Jordan opened the inning with a triple and was driven in by first baseman Bryson Suire.
The Bobcats scored five runs in the inning to take a 5-2 lead.
Thibodeaux said he thought the big inning came after some poor at-bats by his team in the third inning gave Erath the momentum.
“We thought that we gave them momentum in the previous inning with some poor at-bats when we had the chance to keep putting pressure on them,” Thibodeaux said. “We just wanted to come in and slow the game down a little bit (in the bottom of the fourth).”
It wasn’t until the fifth inning when the Rebels were able to seize the momentum back from the Bobcats.
Erath pitcher Andre Touchet hit leadoff hitter Caleb Lasseigne, forcing a pitching change to Suire
After the next batter, Cantrelle drew a walk designated hitter Nick Webre grounded into a fielder’s choice, leaving runners at the corner for left fielder Jacob Richard.
Richard responded to the situation with a bases clearing two-RBI triple to tie the game.
Thibodeaux said Richard has performed well for the Rebels in the early part of the season in his first year as a full-time starter.
“It is his first year as a full time starter, and he’s hitting in the middle of our lineup and one of our leading hitters,” Thibodeaux said. “It’s a kid that came in and just bought into the program.”
Richard has been a standout for the Rebels in the weight room, proving to be one of the best athletes on the field for Teurlings, Thibodeaux said.
Richard followed his clutch at-bat by taking the mound in the sixth inning and closing out the game, pitching two scoreless innings.
“When he comes around on the mound, we’re going to be even better,” Thibodeaux said. “He’s got serious potential. He pitched without his curveball today, and that is normally his go-to pitch, but it was good to get him out in that situation and for him to survive it.”
Teurlings finished the Rebel Invitational 4-0, something that helped rebuild the Rebels’ confidence after dropping three of their previous five games.
“It’s definitely a confidence-builder. We’re learning how to become consistent,” Thibodeaux said. “But we survived the test, and we got a whole lot better at the plate over the course of the weekend, so we’re happy with where we are at right now.”
Thibodeaux said now his team has to recover after a challenging weekend to get ready for the last week of games before district play starts.
“We were really tired. We played four games in 24 hours,” Thibodeaux said. “But that is why we train so hard. That’s why we work. That’s why we run — to prepare us to make it through that grind.”
ACADIANA 9, CATHOLIC HIGH OF NEW IBERIA 4: Acadiana picked up nine hits en route to its sixth win of the season in the Rams final game of the Rebel Invitational against Catholic High of New Iberia.
John Joslin and Tyler Laporte both collected two hits and double during the win, combining to drive in four runs.
CHNI’s Peyton Pharr picked up two hits in three at-bats, driving in two of his team’s four runs.
NOTRE DAME 4, LUTCHER 2: Notre Dame did all of its damage early, scoring all four runs in the bottom of the first in its win against Lutcher.
Sam Hoffpauir collected a two-RBI double, and Dillan Gilbert pitched six innings without giving up and earned run and striking out six.
TEURLINGS 14, NOTRE DAME 6: The Rebels picked up a win in their first game of the day behind an explosive offense powered by the front-end of their lineup.
Lasseigne, Cantrelle, Webre and Richard — the first four batters — combined to drive in 11 runs in the game while only striking out once and collecting four extra base hits, including a home run by Richard.
Center fielder Nate Arceneaux added two RBIs and walked three times in four plate appearances.