In just one day of baseball, Ascension's Gauthier & Amedee American Legion team showed that they can win in more ways than one.
In just one day of baseball, Ascension’s Gauthier & Amedee American Legion team showed that they can win in more ways than one.
Hosting a double-header at St. Amant on Wednesday evening against district rival Southland, the Wombats showed that they can win gritty to start the day. At the end, they showed they can also win big.
Winning by blowout was nothing new for Gauthier & Amedee. Coming into the contest, they had won 11 straight games. Nine of those victories came by at least eight runs.
They weren’t forced to win many squeakers, but Southland pushed them to the limit in game one.
The contest was tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh when St. Amant’s Reed Babin came through with a walk-off RBI single to give the Wombats a 4-3 victory.
No late-game heroics were needed in game two. Gauthier & Amedee used a four-run fourth inning to create separation from the Hogs, and they never looked back. The game ended after six with an emphatic 11-1 Wombat victory.
"We know that they're good. Every year, they're the team that we measure ourselves against, so to have two wins against them on the same night, it's always great,” Gauthier & Amedee head coach Marty Luquet said. “It gives us a barometer to see how good we are. We played in some tournaments that didn't have many great teams. We needed this one here to see how good we were.”
The Wombats scored their first two runs in the second inning.
East Ascension’s Carson Dabadie and Dutchtown’s Reid Bouchereau came up with back-to-back singles. The bases were then loaded when East Ascension’s Preston Thrash reached base following a fielding error.
With the bases juiced, Ascension Catholic’s William Dunn came up with a sac fly, and his Bulldog teammate Mason Zeringue produced an RBI single to put the Wombats ahead 2-0.
In the fourth, Gauthier & Amedee took total command with a four-run flurry.
Dutchtown’s Brayden Caskey kept the inning alive as he came up with a two-outs single. He was joined on base by Zeringue following a walk.
Dutchtown’s Jordan Badame then sent both players home with a double. Badame scored following a single by Griffin teammate Jack Merrifield.
The rally ended with an RBI double by Dutchtown’s Layton Lee.
Southland got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth, but the Wombats promptly responded with a run of their own. Dunn doubled and eventually came around to score after two Hog errors.
Gauthier & Amedee then put the game away in the sixth with four more runs.
Like their rally in the fourth, it began with a two-outs single. This one came courtesy of Lee. Dabadie joined him on base following a Southland error.
Bouchereau then produced an RBI single, and Thrash came up with an RBI double.
The game then ended with a two-RBI double by Dunn.
"We were very aggressive at the plate,” Luquet said. “Swings and misses are ok, as long as you're in the zone. When they do that, they're going to find a lot of success--even against good pitching, and those guys have good pitching."
Leading the Wombats from the plate was Dunn as he went 2-4 with three RBIs. Merrifield, Lee and Bouchereau all produced two hits and one RBI apiece.
Meanwhile, St. Amant’s Dwain Guice pitched six complete innings. In that time, he limited Southland to just five hits, one run and no walks. He struck out six batters.
The two wins stretched the Wombats’ streak to 13. They now sit at 16-1 overall.
Luquet is excited about the challenge that awaits them next week.
“We’re taking a trip to Tennessee. It’s a 16-team American Legion tournament with five state champions,” Luquet said. “That will give us some great competition with some really good teams. We’ll find out just how good we are. It’s right before the state tournament, so we’re excited about that trip. I think we’ll get some answers when we see good pitching day in and day out and we have to scrap and do some things.”