Gauthier & Amedee surges to early-season win

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Adam Sevario went 1-3 with a walk in Gauthier & Amedee's victory over Lutcher. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The Gauthier & Amedee American Legion baseball team started their season off on a high note last Friday afternoon as they used solid relief pitching to escape with a 5-3 win over the team from Luther.

The Wombats had a big first inning and jumped on top 3-0, but Lutcher fought right back with three in the third to tie the game.

Former St. Amant ace Skylar Enlow then took to the mound and thwarted the run, allowing Gauthier & Amedee to get two in the fifth and escape with the victory.

"I was pleased with how we were able to respond in the fifth inning to get two more and if we get a few runs, we have some special arms. So, I was pleased," Wombat head coach Conrad Gayle said. "Obviously, we have a lot of stuff to work on, but it's early. It's only our second game. We have a lot of guys in the all-star game, so we didn't have a full deck."

Despite having multiple players gone for the Louisiana High School Coaches Association baseball all-star game, Gauthier & Amedee got off to a great start.

St. Amant's Adam Sevario led the game off with a single and Dutchtown's Caleb Ricca walked.

Former St. Amant utility player Brennan Grant then came through with an RBI single, and a Lutcher fielding error allowed another run to score.

Finally, to end the inning, Dutchtown's Payton Stafford hit a sacrifice fly to help the Wombats build a comfortable 3-0 lead.

The advantage lasted until the third inning when starting pitcher Austin McInnis (from East Ascension) began to struggle with his control. He walked four batters--allowing Lutcher to score three runs to tie the game.

However, Lutcher's rally ended once Enlow came in, in relief. Gauthier & Amedee took advantage in the fifth inning.

Sevario led things off with a walk, and Ricca joined him on base when he was hit by a pitch.

After an error from the outfield, the bases were loaded for Grant.

A passed ball allowed one run to score and just like he had in the first, Grant put another run on the board as he collected a sacrifice fly to give Gauthier & Amedee a 5-3 advantage.

Lutcher had their chances to tie the game in the sixth and the seventh, but they ended up stranding a runner in each inning. It allowed the Wombats to lock away the victory.

In the win, Grant went 1-3 with two RBIs while Sevario went 1-3 with a walk.

Enlow came in to pitch three full innings--three innings in which he only allowed one hit and no runs.

"Austin [McInnis] threw some great innings, but he kind of hit the wall in the third. Skylar [Enlow] came in and threw three scoreless innings. Nobody really sees that, but that was a big part of the game," Gayle said. "He came in and shut the door. 
 "We got two more runs and then handed it over to Blayne Enlow. That kid is special. He's going to be a junior, and he came in and threw strikes. If we can throw strikes, we can be very good."

Despite having multiple players gone and the season being so young, Coach Gayle likes the way his team has been gelling.

"It's a good group. It's guys that have been playing together since they were young. I mean, these guys hang out together outside of baseball, and that's really special," Gayle said. "That's what makes you a good ball club and gives you that strong team chemistry.

"They know each other; they know how to work together. They're not only great ballplayers, they're outstanding kids. One through 18, it's just an outstanding group of young men, and I'm really excited about the summer."

Gauthier & Amedee will play in the Marucci Classic at Tulane this weekend.