Crosstown rivals will meet in a game scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday when the Teurlings Catholic baseball team hosts St. Thomas More to close the regular season.
Both teams go into the game riding significant winning streaks, St. Thomas More (22-9, 11-0 District 5-4A) will look to seal a perfect season in district and go into the playoffs with a 16-game winning streak, while the Rebels (21-9, 9-2) hope to spoil the Knights’ attempt at 12-0 and extend its streak to eight wins.
“A win would definitely strengthen our power rankings,” Teurlings Catholic coach Mike Thibodeaux said. “It would be a pretty nice victory.”
The contest will be another chapter in a rivalry that has been the scene for a number of close games since the two programs joined the same district in 2012, Thibodeaux said.
Thibodeaux said there was a two-year stretch in which every game the two teams played against each other was decided by either one run or in extra innings.
Both teams have won Class 4A state championships in the past three years as well — Teurlings Catholic in 2012 and St. Thomas More last season — only adding fuel to the heated rivalry.
Still, other than a potential boost in seeding when the playoff brackets are announced Tuesday, Thibodeaux shrugged off the notion that a win would somehow boost the Rebels’ momentum heading into the postseason.
“We were talking about it today. … I don’t know how much of an effect it has on the first round of the playoffs,” Thibodeaux said. “If you win, yes it’s a nice when and all that, but you have to come back down to earth and rock and roll. Baseball’s the kind of game where you can get heart-broken in a heartbeat.”
St. Thomas More got the best of the Rebels in the first matchup between the two squads April 1, defeating the Rebels 2-1 in a game decided by a number of missed opportunities by Teurlings Catholic, Thibodeaux said.
“We dropped a fly ball that was hit well, but we should have caught it at the wall and they scored two runs that inning,” Thibodeaux said. “Then we left the bases loaded in the seventh (inning) and left the winning run on base.”
Thibodeaux said the time and location of the game could change if the weather interferes, and a final decision will be made at 9:30 a.m.
If weather does not permit the game to be played in Lafayette, the game will be played at noon Saturday at field No. 37 in Sulphur.
St. Thomas More coach Gary Perkins was unavailable for comment.