The teams in the American Legion World Series are finding out something all the squads back in Louisiana already knew: The Gauthier & Amedee Wombats are really, really good.

The teams in the American Legion World Series are finding out something all the squads back in Louisiana already knew: The Gauthier & Amedee Wombats are really, really good.

In fact, they're not just good; they're special.

Gauthier & Amedee, the Louisiana state champions and the Mid-South Region champions, traveled to Shelby, N.C. last week for the start of the World Series. The Wombats went undefeated in pool play to reach the semifinals.

The team spent most of the season blowing out opponents, but they showed they can win the close ones in Shelby. All three of their pool-play victories came by one run.

"Our team batting average is pretty gaudy, but we have played these before," Wombat head coach Marty Luquet said. "Matter of fact, the (victory) to get here was 1-0. We've been here; we understand what it takes. We didn't panic. Sure, we'd like to win 6-0, but it's baseball. Things don't always work like that."

Gauthier & Amedee's opening game on Thursday against Braintree Mass (Massachusetts) was a pitcher's duel between Kyle Gray of Braintree and the Wombats' Jack Merrifield (Dutchtown).

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth.

East Ascension's Preston Thrash reached base following a fielding error. He was then sent home with a single by Merrifield. It was the only run of the game.

From the mound, Merrifield pitched six and two-thirds innings of shutout baseball. He only allowed four hits. From the plate, he was 1-2 with the winning RBI.

The only player in the game with multiple hits was Dutchtown's Brayden Caskey as he went 2-3.

On Friday night, Gauthier & Amedee had a little more success offensively, but they were once again in a nip-and-tuck battle--this time against Delaware Post 1

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Gauthier & Amedee loaded the bases following William Dunn (Ascension Catholic) and Jordan Badame (Dutchtown) walks and a single by Reid Bouchereau (Dutchtown).

Caskey then supplied an RBI single to tie the game.

From there, the game went back and forth. The Wombats took a 4-2 advantage into the seventh, but Delaware scratched two runs to tie the game.

Gauthier & Amedee started the bottom of the frame with a walk by Bouchereau.

He eventually moved over to second with a sac grounder by Dunn. Bouchereau reached third after a Caskey single.

It all made way for the heroics of Thrash. He laid down a perfect bunt that allowed Bouchereau to race home and give the Wombats a thrilling walk-off victory.

Caskey was potent from the plate once again. He went 3-5 with an RBI. East Ascension's Carson Dabadie was 2-3 with a walk and two RBIs.

After a Saturday night rainout, the Wombats were back in action Sunday morning against Dubuque Iowa.

Gauthier & Amedee scored all of their runs in the first inning, and then held on for the rest of the game to pull out a 3-2 victory.

In that top of the first, Caskey led off with a single, and St. Amant's Zane Zeppuhar joined him on base following a walk.

A Merrifield grounder was then followed by a Dubuque error. This allowed Merrifield to reach base and Caskey to score. Another error put St. Amant's Reed Babin on.

Gauthier & Amedee then closed out the inning with back-to-back sac flies from Dabadie and Bouchereau.

From there, Wombat pitching did just enough to preserve the lead and eventually close out the victory.

Dutchtown's Harrison Hutson and Layton Lee and East Ascension's Chad Kennedy combined to give up just three hits and two runs.

The Wombats only had four hits for the game. Those hits came from Caskey, Merrifield, Thrash and Dunn.

The victory pushed Gauthier & Amedee through to a semifinal game on Monday night. The game will be at 6 p.m. and will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

The organization is seeking its first-ever World Series title. Their best finish came in 1996, when they left Roseburg, Ore. as the national runner-up.