As they brace themselves for the postseason, the red-hot Gauthier & Amedee American Legion baseball team made the trip to Hammond last weekend for the SLU Invitational.

As they brace themselves for the postseason, the red-hot Gauthier & Amedee American Legion baseball team made the trip to Hammond last weekend for the SLU Invitational.

During the two-day tournament, the Wombats played four games against out-of-state opponents. They represented Louisiana well--beating two teams from Mississippi, one from Alabama and one from Texas by a combined margin of 31-13.

In Gauthier & Amedee's opening game of the tournament, they faced Mississippi's Pure Momentum Stars and cruised to a 7-1 victory.

With Dutchtown's Cade Blanchard getting the start on the mound, the Wombats kept Pure Momentum off of the scoreboard until the third inning.

Their lead was cut to 3-1, but Gauthier & Amedee responded with a run in the fourth and a three-run flurry in the seventh to ice away the 7-1 win.

Blanchard pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and one run. He struck out eight batters.

Episcopal's Christopher Beckman had the best game from the plate as he went 2-3 with two RBIs. Dutchtown's Cameron Crawford went 2-3 with one RBI, and former East Ascension star Tristan Babin and Noah Fontenot each went 2-4 with a run batted in.

To end the day, the Wombats captured a close victory over Mississippi's PineBelt Elite.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Gauthier & Amedee took a 2-1 lead. However, in the fifth, PineBelt scored three runs to capture a 4-3 advantage.

Like they had in the day's opening game, the Wombats put things away with a three-run seventh inning.

East Ascension's Trent LeBlanc did most of the damage from the mound for Gauthier & Amedee. He pitched five complete innings and surrendered four hits and four runs, while striking out six.

Dutchtown's Caleb Ricca went 1-2 with two RBIs, while Crawford went 1-3 with an RBI. St. Amant's Adam Sevario finished 2-4.

Come Saturday, the Wombats were back for another double-header.

To start the day, Gauthier & Amedee took on Alabama's Birmingham Baseball.

To start the second inning, Ricca led off with a double, and he eventually scored after a sac fly by Babin.

Later, Dutchtown's Cullen Ballard got on base with an infield single. Not long afterward, he came around to score to give the Wombats a 3-0 lead.

The game was put away in the fifth inning when St. Amant's Ivan Prejean came through with a two-RBI single to push the advantage to 5-0.

The capper came when Babin doubled and was then sent home on a triple by Crawford.

Gauthier & Amedee added another run in the bottom of the fifth. Birmingham scored three in the sixth, but the Wombats were able to close out the victory, 7-3.

St. Amant's Blayne Enlow pitched a complete game--only surrendering six hits and three runs. He struck out eight batters.

From the plate, Prejean went 2-3 with two RBIs, and Crawford was 1-3 with an RBI.

To end the tournament, the Wombats claimed a dominating 11-5 victory over Texas' TPL National squad.

The Gauthier & Amedee bats were busy right from the start as they erupted for four runs in the first, added two in the second and raced out to a 9-0 lead with three runs in the third.

After going up 11-0 in the sixth, TPL finally got something going. They scratched five runs in the bottom of the inning, but the damage was already done.

Former Dutchtown star Hunter Sanford had the longest day on the mound for the Wombats. He threw three perfect innings.

From the plate, Babin was terrific. He went 3-4 with a game-high three RBIs. Crawford went 2-4 with two RBIs, and Prejean went 1-4 with two runs batted in.

Gauthier & Amedee has already locked up a playoff spot. The postseason officially begins on July 23.