Teurlings Catholic starter Josh Taylor was able to outduel Benton’s Jackson Rutledge on Monday at M.L. ‘Tigue’ Moore Field as the Rebels defeated the Benton 1-0.
Taylor scattered four hits in seven innings, striking out four while giving up one hit to move to 5-1 on the season.
In what turned out be a briskly played ball game, that took just an hour and twenty minutes to complete, the game’s lone run would came in the first inning.
Hayden Cantrelle, who led off the game with a single up the middle, advanced to third on a Nick Webre single was able to score following an errant pickoff attempt.
The run was all Taylor and the Rebels (16-3) needed.
“Josh Taylor is a heck of a competitor, and that’s why he’s earned himself a scholarship to play at the next level” Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux said.
Jackson nearly matched Taylor’s line, allowing four hits and striking out seven in six complete innings. The tough loss dropped Jackson’s record to 1-4.
“You had two big time DI arms on the mound,” Thibodeaux said. “They had their best stuff, and Josh was up for the challenge. For seven innings, Josh lived below the knees and did a phenomenal job.”
Benton’s (6-10) only real threat came in the top half of the fifth inning.
Cody Norris lead off with a single and moved to third after Garrett Hable singled up the middle, placing runners at the corners with two outs.
Taylor then induced a Conner Smith fly to right to end the threat.
The Rebels were led by Nick Webre, who went went 2-for-4 and stole a base. Teurlings’ hit came from Austin Kirkpatrick, who singled in the sixth inning.
While his team was able to rely on Taylor’s arm, coach Thibodeaux said he will need his offense to step up.
“I’d like to grow up as an offensive club, where we can swing the bat and attack a fastball,” he said.
With that being said, Thibodeaux still likes what he sees from his team.
“I’m very proud of our guys and everything we’ve accomplished to this point in the season, and we’re sitting real good to start district tomorrow,” he said.
Teurlings hosts Northside on Tuesday.