Gauthier & Amedee wasted little time.
Two outs into Sunday’s American Legion state tournament game, the Ascension Parish-based squad seized control, scoring four runs on Shaw-based Refuel in the top of the first inning.
An inning later, the scoreboard read 6-0, then 10-0 and 11-0 before Gauthier & Amedee upended Refuel 15-0 in seven innings via the 10-run rule at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in New Orleans.
Right-handed pitcher Hayden Adams blanked Refuel, hurling a no-hitter with six strikeouts and five walks. Conversely, his teammates produced 19 hits, highlighted by a game-high five RBIs from Luke Lambert who hammered a three-RBI triple in that first inning.
“Heck of a job,” Gauthier & Amedee coach Conrad Gayle said of Adams. “He wasn’t as sharp as he’s capable of — he had multiple walks — but heck of a job battling in this heat, hitting his spots when he needed to. Overall, a great total team effort win from 1 down to 18.”
Gauthier & Amedee advances to challenge the Retif Oil/Delhomme winner (played Sunday night), while Refuel books a date with the River Ridge Patriots at 1 p.m. Monday.
“Sometimes your guys are seeing the ball really well, they’re right on it, but (Sunday) we weren’t,” Refuel coach Kirk Bullinger. “We walked a couple of guys early, which gave us an opportunity to get on the scoreboard and we left the bases loaded right after they put a four-spot up. That was our chance to answer. If we would have answered with a two or more, then it’s a different day. It’s uncharacteristic of this group.”
Refuel’s Keith Meier grounded out to shortstop to end the bottom of the first.
Ahead 4-0, Gauthier & Amedee padded the lead via an errant throw, allowing Blaine Schexnayder and Tristin Babin to score for a 6-0 cushion.
Babin stole home in the top of the fourth, ending Meier’s day on the mound. The Refuel pitcher surrendering seven runs on nine hits.
Gauthier & Amedee added a run in the fifth, three in the sixth and four in the seventh and final inning.
Adams ensured no comeback effort.
“The first inning I was a bit wild, but I settled down once my pitching coach spoke to me on the mound,” he said. “My pitching coach has been calling pitches for me for over a year now, so we click. I know that everything he calls will allow me to be successful if I’m able to hit my spots.
“The error we had was mine. My teammates made terrific defensive plays and then put the barrel on the ball at the plate, which allowed me to be aggressive.”