With four players already committed to Division I and NJCAA II in-state schools, Teurlings Catholic’s baseball team appears loaded for another deep postseason after its Class 4A state runner-up finish in 2015.
The latest members — both of whom are juniors — to issue their respective pledges are middle infielder Hayden Cantrelle, who selected hometown UL-Lafayette within the last week, along with Nick Webre, who chose LSU over the weekend.
“Both of them are hard-nosed, hard-working and very coachable,” TCHS coach Mike Thibodeaux said. “They’re a joy to be around and coach.”
They join senior pitcher Josh Taylor (UL-Lafayette) and senior catcher Austin Kirkpatrick (LSU-Eunice), who all played significant roles in the Rebels’ 27-10 season.
“I felt at home in Lafayette as I have for most of my life,” said Cantrelle, whose father Kevin played for the Ragin’ Cajuns. “It’s a good program that fits me quite well.”
Webre brings plenty of versatility, having played catcher, right field and first base, and productive left-handed bat to LSU, which extended an offer to the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder during his unofficial visit Saturday.
“Since I was little LSU’s been my favorite school,” Webre said. “I’ve always loved the program. That’s where I wanted to go. It’s always been a dream of mine. I love their tradition and everything about the school.”
Thibodeaux said Webre’s been on LSU’s radar for over a year since his performance at a showcase event in Baton Rouge and added an MVP performance at a Marucci event last December.
During the Perfect Game World Series in Ft. Myers, Fla., Webre said LSU recruiting coordinator Andy Cannizaro text him wanting to set up an unofficial visit.
“When I saw his text I was thinking I’m not going to expect much,” said Webre, who also received offers from Houston, Nicholls State and interest from UL-Lafayette. “I visited the school and was surprised when they offered. I knew that’s where I’ve always wanted to be.”
Webre batted .330 with a .505 slugging percentage in the middle of Teurlings’ lineup. He had nine doubles, five triples and 24 RBIs.
Part of the allure for Cantrelle, a 5-10, 165-pounder, has been the continued development of the program under coach Tony Robichaux.
The Cajuns, who were ranked No. 1 throughout much of the 2014 season, advanced to their second straight NCAA super regional a year ago and finished 42-23.
The switch-hitting Cantrelle earned first team Class 4A All-State honors last season, serving as the lead-off batter for the Rebels. He batted .402 with 6 doubles, 5 triples, a homer, 25 RBIs and stole 16 of 18 bases.
“They’ve become one of the top programs in the country,” said Cantrelle, who had offers from Houston, Nicholls and received interest from LSU and TCU. “They had one of the top records and were No. 1 for a while two years ago. That’s real appealing and fun to watch.”