STM, Teurlings learn playoff roads

STM, Teurlings learn playoff roads

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STM, Teurlings learn playoff roads

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St. Thomas More’s second baseman Hunter Langlinais (14) and Teurlings Catholic runner Jonathan Fontenot (26) will both begin the Class 4A state playoffs on Tuesday.

St. Thomas More’s second baseman Hunter Langlinais (14) and Teurlings Catholic runner Jonathan Fontenot (26) will both begin the Class 4A state playoffs on Tuesday.

Much of the 2015 regular season is something the St. Thomas More Cougars would rather just forget.

After getting off to a disappointing 5-6 start and losing eight of 10 games in one stretch, the Cougars responded with 16 straight wins down the stretch and on Sunday were awarded a No. 2 seed in the 4A bracket.

The Cougars (22-8) will open with No. 31 Pearl River at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“We had to close pretty strong to get where we are,” Perkins said. “My main goal was to be in the top four to have that opportunity to to host every round at home (until the state tournament).”

In 5A and 4A these days, the regional and quarterfinal rounds are best-of-three series hosted by the higher seed.

“My text to our players today was about how we can see the finish line now,” Perkins said. “These seniors are quality players. They understand that.”

In the 4A bracket, it only starts with the Cougars. Eight of the 32 teams in the entire bracket are from the Acadiana area.

And like in 5A, many of them could be meeting in the second and third rounds if they all advance.

The next highest seed is Teurlings Catholic at No. 5, and is scheduled to host No. 28 Vandebilt Catholic at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

First, though, the Rebels must get past Saturday’s 4-3, 12-inning loss to arch-rival St. Thomas More on Saturday in Sulphur.

“Oh yeah, that’s definitely been on my mind,” Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux said. “We talked to the kids that either way, that had to be a game that stayed there. We could have won and been on cloud-nine and then got our tails beat in the first round. We have to move on.”

Because of playing that game Saturday, the Rebels won’t be able to go with ace pitcher Josh Taylor available for Tuesday’s playoff opener. Jonathon Fontenot or Brett Weber will most likely get the nod.

The Rebels defeated Vandebilt 7-2 “in a tough game” back on March 14. Even more, the Terriers from Houma eliminated Teurlings 7-6 in the regional round last year.

“We also had prom on Saturday,” Thibodeaux said. “After Saturday’s game (vs. STM) and with prom, there’s not going to be anything easy about Tuesday’s game. Plus, we’re very familiar with Vandebilt. They definitely have our attention.”

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