Pitching wins championships. But it doesn't hurt when you can pile up 15 hits in a game.
Pitching wins championships. But it doesn’t hurt when you can pile up 15 hits in a game.
The Gauthier & Amedee Wombats have had both going for them. The result has been a dominating six-game winning streak in which they have outscored their opponents, 59-4.
The sixth victory came in the form of an 11-1 mercy-rule win over Team PVS (East St. John) at Dutchtown on Thursday night.
The Wombats scored six runs in the first two innings and never looked back.
“We’ve been really swinging it as a team for the last two weeks. Our stats are almost like MLB stats. It’s crazy stuff,” Gauthier & Amedee head coach Marty Luquet said. “They’re waiting deep in the counts, they’re looking for a pitch to hit and they’re not missing it. It’s gotten contagious. We’re going to be tough to beat, because they believe. We’ll run into some good pitchers that will give us some trouble, but we know that our swings are solid.”
The Wombats started off fast in the first inning as leadoff hitter Brayden Caskey of Dutchtown reached third following two PVS errors. He then scored on a sac fly by Ascension Catholic’s Mason Zeringue.
St. Amant’s Zane Zeppuhar then cracked a triple. He scored when Dutchtown’s Jack Merrifield reached base on another PVS error.
Dutchtown’s Layton Lee followed it up with a single. Lee was thrown out stealing second, but it allowed Merrifield to come home for the score.
To end the first-inning onslaught for the Wombats, Dutchtown’s Reid Bouchereau singled and East Ascension’s Grant Griffin sent him home with a single of his own.
In the second, Zeppuhar drew a two-outs walk. He then scored on an RBI triple by Merrifield. Lee then drove Merrifield home with a double to extend the Gauthier & Amedee lead to 6-0.
PVS scored one run in the third, but the Wombats went right back to work in the fourth.
Dutchtown’s Jordan Badame drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a sac fly by Merrifield.
East Ascension’s Blaise Foote singled on his first time at bat, and he was driven home on an RBI single by Bouchereau.
Gauthier & Amedee then put the victory to rest in the fifth with a three-run barrage.
Ascension Catholic’s William Dunn led the inning off with a single. The bases were then loaded with a Caskey walk and an infield single by Badame.
East Ascension’s Carson Dabadie then drove two runs home with a double, and Merrifield ended the game with an RBI single.
Merrifield was the leader from the plate for the Wombats as he went 2-4 with four RBIs. Lee went 2-2 and Bouchereau went 2-3. Each drove in a run.
Dunn put up a 2-3 effort that included a double and a triple.
PVS was held to just three hits.
East Ascension’s Chad Kennedy earned the victory from the mound as he pitched two complete innings and only surrendered one hit. He struck out three batters.
“Our pitching staff has just been ridiculous. We’ve thrown five shutouts in our last eight games and two no-hitters,” Luquet said. “We’re getting quality performances from up and down our staff; we’re talking nine guys. It’s not just the same guys every game. It’s been impressive to watch. They’re working hard and taking a lot of pride in it, and we have some guys that can play some good defense behind them.”
The victory improved Gauthier & Amedee to 9-1 overall.
“You always worry that you’ve peaked too soon,” Luquet said. “We’re playing as well as we can play right now, but we’re still three weeks away from the state tournament. Hopefully, we haven’t peaked just yet. Hopefully, our best baseball is still in front of us.”