On Wednesday, the Wombats will make the hour-long trip to New Orleans to compete against six other teams in the American Legion Mid-South Regional. A berth in the World Series is on the line.

Ascension's Guathier & Amedee baseball team completed its first mission back on July 11, when they captured the American Legion state championship.

Now, they're on to phase two.

On Wednesday, the Wombats will make the hour-long trip to New Orleans to compete against six other teams in the American Legion Mid-South Regional. A berth in the World Series is on the line.

It has been quite a journey thus far for Gauthier & Amedee.

The Wombats tore through the regular season under second-year head coach Marty Luquet, often dominating their opponents. They finished with a superb overall record of 26-2. That included a district title.

Twenty-two of those 26 victories came by four runs or more. Also, the Wombat pitching was nearly perfect as they threw 11 shutouts.

Gauthier & Amedee then began state tournament play in New Orleans to begin July.

The Wombats began the event with a 4-1 victory over Refuel, and then followed it up with a 6-4 win over Retif Oil.

Gauthier & Amedee trounced Best Chevrolet, 16-2, and squeezed by St. Landry, 7-6, to reach the state championship.

With their backs against the wall, Retif Oil bested the Wombats in the first game, forcing a winner-take-all scenario.

With the state championship on the line, the Wombats flourished. They crushed the Oilers, 9-1, to capture the franchise's first state title since 2013.

It was sweet redemption for Gauthier & Amedee, after losing in the state semifinals three years in a row.

But even though the Wombats' first big goal was met, it didn't stop them from competing.

As they waited for the Mid-South Regional to roll around, Gauthier & Amedee continued to play top teams in the area.

They've played eight games since they won the state championship. They've gone 4-4 in those matchups.

Just last week, the Wombats went 2-2.

They opened the week with a dominating 8-0 shutout victory over RBI, but the next day, they were blanked by the N.O. Boosters, 7-0, in an exhibition game.

On Saturday morning, the N.O. Boosters bested them again, 8-6. The Wombats did, however, end the day on a high note as they crushed Retif Oil, 8-0, that evening.

Gauthier & Amedee will head into the Mid-South Regional with an overall record of 36-5.

Ten Wombat batters are hitting .367 or better.

Some of their top hitters include St. Amant's Zane Zeppuhar at .433, East Ascension's Preston Thrash at .400, Dutchtown's Jack Merrifield at .394 and Dutchtown's Layton Lee at .373.

Unfortunately for the Wombats, their leading hitter and starting centerfielder Mason Zeringue was injured during the state tournament. The Ascension Catholic standout was hitting a gaudy .487 with 24 RBIs. He scored 32 runs.

The Wombats' top RBI leaders heading into the regional are Merrifield with 47, Zeppuhar with 38 and St. Amant's Reed Babin with 25.

Dutchtown's Brayden Caskey leads the team in runs scored with 44, followed by Merrifield with 37 and Thrash with 34.

Merrifield also leads the team in home runs. He has four of the Wombats' 10.

When it comes to pitching, St. Amant's Dwain Guice has been downright nasty for Gauthier & Amedee.

He heads into the regional with a 7-1 record and superb .900 ERA. He leads the team with 56 strikeouts.

In 46 innings pitched, Guice has only given up six earned runs.

Some of their other most impressive pitchers have been Zeppuhar at 5-0, Lee at 5-1, Dutchtown's Harrison Hutson and East Ascension's Chad Kennedy at 4-0 and Dutchtown's Austin Bankert at 4-1.

Collectively, the Wombat team ERA is a tremendous 1.41.

In the Mid-South Regional, Gauthier & Amedee will be competing against five other state champions. The teams they face in the tournament will come from Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

Their first game will be against the Missouri state runner-up Cape Girardeau Post 63 on Wednesday.

The tournament will conclude on Aug. 11. The winner joins seven other regional winners in Shelby, N.C. for the American Legion World Series.

The last time the Wombats made it there was in 2013.