- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - For Teurlings Catholic outfielder Nick Webre, the 2016 baseball season went about as well as he could have ever hoped.

Before the season, Webre committed to play for LSU, with the Tigers enticed by the young outfielder’s incredible power and hitting potential in the batter’s box.

During the season, Webre lived up to that potential, hitting .444 on the season with 41 RBIs, 11 doubles, six triples and six home runs while only striking out 13 times in 117 at-bats. Webre’s season helped lead the Teurlings Rebels all the way to a Class 4A state championship trophy.

And now after the season, Webre has been selected as the Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Mr. Baseball award winner.

Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux said the Rebels’ coaches always thought Webre was capable of putting together this type of season.

“This is the kind of kid we were hoping he could be, the kind of player LSU recruited him to be,” Thibodeaux said. “He was just hitting with confidence.”

Webre’s season was filled with highlights, but the future Tiger seemed to come up biggest in clutch situations.

After getting out to an inauspicious start in the semifinals of the state tournament against Breaux Bridge, the Rebels clawed their way back into the game to tie it.

Then in the sixth inning with the score knotted at 4-4, Webre sent a ball soaring over the right field wall for a solo home run that proved to be the deciding swing in a 5-4 ball game.

“It felt great. As soon as it came off the bat I knew it,” Webre said. “I knew he was going to be coming with either a change-up or a fastball on the count. He had been pitching us like that. It just felt amazing to do my job for my team.”

It wasn’t the only clutch home run Webre came up with throughout the season. Against Georgia-based Blessed Trinity, a team that had won back-to-back state championships in the Peach state and achieved national recognition for their baseball program, Webre wasn’t intimidated.

Webre went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning with the game tied at 5-5.

Thibodeaux said Webre raised his batting average 100 points in district and postseason play, proving his clutch credentials.

“The Blessed Trinity game was kind of his coming out party,” Thibodeaux said. “That home run was only his second of the season and it was on April 8. So in the last month of the season he tripled his home run total and raised his batting average 100 points. He was just clutch at the right time and continued to get better for us.”

The win helped propel the Rebels into the national conversation, where since the state championship winning performance they’ve skyrocketed up the national rankings reaching as high as No. 12 in Perfect Game’s Top 50 high school baseball programs.

As for Webre, don’t expect a season full of recognition and awards to go to his head.

After he committed to LSU, Thibodeaux said Rebels’ fans didn’t need to worry about the junior resting on his laurels and he didn’t think his senior season would be any different.

“He’s been working his butt off and this won’t change that,” Thibodeaux said. “He’s still working, he’s that kind of kid. He enjoys the process and really gets after it.

“He’s always in the cage working. He’s the type of kid that you have to tell to go home.”

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