Gauthier & Amedee reaches tournament semifinals

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Gauthier & Amedee head coach Conrad Gayle talks to his team.

After a very successful weekend in Tuscaloosa where they went 3-1, the Gauthier & Amedee American Legion baseball team hit the road again this past weekend for the Summer Slam tournament.

The Wombats were impressive as they went 3-1 throughout the action and reached the tournament's semifinals before dropping a nail-biter to the team from Jesuit.

Gauthier & Amedee started the action off with a dominating 12-0 victory on Thursday evening.

On Friday, they played at Lee Hines Field at Southern against the Brazo Valley Renegades, a team from College Station, Texas. The Wombats fell behind late but exploded for five runs in the seventh to lead them to a 5-2 victory.

The game was scoreless until the sixth when Brazo Valley finally put a run on the board.

Facing the 1-0 deficit in the seventh, Gauthier & Amedee finally found some offense as Parkview Baptist's Adam Tarver walked to start off the inning.

Not long afterward, the Wombats had the bases loaded for East Ascension's Nicholls State signee Tristan Babin. Babin came through with an RBI single to tie the game and keep the bases loaded.

Former St. Amant standout Blaine Schexnayder then belted out a two-RBI double to give Gauthier & Amedee their first lead of the game at 3-1.

After St. Amant's Justin Duhon singled to bring more runners home, the Wombats were able to take a comfortable 5-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. They then closed the game out for the big win.

On Saturday, the Wombats were back at Southern for a matchup against NOLA.

The first two innings were wild as NOLA scored two early runs just to see Gauthier & Amedee erupt for five to take a 5-2 advantage. After an RBI single by former East Ascension standout Luke Lambert, the Wombats led, 6-2, in the third.

The lead was cut down to 6-3 heading into the fifth when Lambert struck again with another RBI, and Austin McInnis came through with an RBI of his own to extend the advantage to 8-3.

From there, it was smooth sailing for the Wombats as they eventually iced away a 9-6 victory and punched their ticket to the semifinals against Jesuit.

On Sunday morning, the two teams played at UL-Lafayette for a spot in the tournament's championship game.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third when Dutchtown's Caleb Ricca collected an RBI single to give the Wombats a 1-0 lead.

They added anther run in the fourth when Duhon, Tarver and Dutchtown's Payton Stafford all came through with singles.

Gauthier & Amedee held the 2-0 advantage late, but Jesuit began to fight back furiously. They trimmed the deficit to 2-1 heading into the seventh.

It was in the bottom of the seventh that Jesuit dealt the Wombats a heart-breaking defeat.

They started the inning off with two straight doubles to tie the game and after their next run, they took the thrilling 3-2 victory after Gauthier & Amedee had led for much of the game.

The loss dropped the Wombats to 3-1 for the tournament, but they'll get a chance to regroup with some big wins this weekend.

Starting on Friday, Gauthier & Amedee will be in Mandeville for the District Tournament.