Wombats perform well at Tuscaloosa tournament

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Former St. Amant Gator Blaine Schexnayder drove in runs in two of the Wombats' games in Tuscaloosa. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The Gauthier & Amedee American Legion baseball team took to the road over the weekend as they traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Killian Windham Invitational.

The Wombats were coming off of a 3-0 victory over Mandeville. They continued that solid play in Crimson Tide country as they went 3-1 throughout the tournament.

Gauthier & Amedee started the action off on Friday with a 5-1 victory over the team from Bessemer, Ala.

The Wombats got off to a hot start in that one as former St. Amant star Brennan Grant belted out an RBI triple and after a throwing error, Grant was able to come home to give Gauthier & Amedee a 2-0 first-inning lead.

After adding another run in the fourth, Dutchtown's Caleb Ricca collected an RBI single in the fifth to extend the advantage to 4-0. Finally, in the sixth, Parkview Baptist's Adam Tarver crushed a solo homer to push the lead to 5-0.

The Wombats eventually closed the game out, 5-1.

The next morning, they opened action with the team from Florence, Ala. It was a game Gauthier & Amedee would dominate from start to finish, surging to a 9-1 blowout victory.

From the plate, they got the biggest boost from former St. Amant star Blaine Schexnayder as he came through with a home run.

From the mound, Dutchtown's Dillon Abbess had a masterful complete-game performance to get the victory.

Later that evening, the Wombats advanced to the winners' bracket to find a familiar face in Bessemer but this time around, Gauthier & Amedee fell, 3-2.

A huge third inning helped Bessemer earn the victory as they put an end to a scoreless ballgame and exploded for three runs.

After battling a weather delay, the Wombats began to chip away at the lead as Schexnayder came through with an RBI single in the bottom of the third.

In the fourth, former East Ascension standout Luke Lambert collected an RBI single of his own to cut the deficit to 3-2.

However, that's as close as Gauthier & Amedee would get. The Wombats left the bases loaded in the seventh. It dealt them defeat for the first time in the tournament.

Despite the loss, the Wombats were able to end the tournament on a high note as they rolled over the team from Tupelo, Miss., 6-1.

Gauthier & Amedee got to work early as Schexnayder had an RBI double and Grant followed it up with a two-run blast to give them a 3-0 advantage.

The hot offense continued for the Wombats and in the fifth, Dutchtown's Payton Stafford went yard with a solo shot to give Gauthier & Amedee a dominant 6-0 lead.

The Wombats closed out the 6-1 victory and ended the tournament with momentum.

They will have another busy weekend as they take part in more tournament action with a trip to UL-Lafayette for Summer Slam. Action begins on Thursday.