Summer means one thing in Southwest Louisiana now, and it’s baseball. Here, diamonds aren’t just a girl's best friend, they’re everybody's. SWLA visitors and locals hold their diamond sports close to their hearts, and we’re becoming an epicenter of the baseball world.

Gumbeaux Gators sponsorship from Navarre Auto Group
Don't miss the first Gumbeaux Gators home game on June 4, 2024! The game is free to the public and sponsored by Navarre Auto Group!

The Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators will host their first-ever home game, as part of their 2024 inaugural season, on Tuesday, June 4th at 7 PM at Joe Miller Baseball Field at McNeese. The Gumbeaux Gators are a part of the Texas Collegiate League, with 5 other teams playing across Texas and Louisiana. The league comprises college baseball players from all over the country, traveling to their team’s city for the summer to play ball.

The Gators kicked off the season on the road, battling the Baton Rouge Rougarou on May 30th and 31st, then to the Brazos Valley on June 1st and 2nd against the Brazos Valley Bombers. To make things even sweeter, the Gators' opening night is free for all, graciously sponsored by Navarre Auto Group. Bring the family and get your friends out there for a heck of a time, with in-game entertainment, giveaways, and more to be seen in person! To check out the themed game nights, the promotional schedule, and to get tickets, visit!

participants in the Jennie Finch World Series
The Jennie Finch World Series takes over Southwest Louisiana June 11-16, 2024.

The Jennie Finch World Series softball tournament and the SWLA World Series baseball tournament come swinging into town the week of June 11th through the 16th. These massive tournaments bring in over 1,000 youth top-talent baseball and softball players and their families from across the country, including states such as California, Oklahoma, and Indiana! Playing in Lake Charles and Sulphur, these tournaments run throughout the week, so keep your schedule open to catch a game. The Jennie Finch World Series takes place at North Frasch Softball Complex and Pattison Park from June 13-16 and the SWLA World Series will be played at Ward 3 Power Center Baseball Complex from June 11-16, 2024.

More sporting events and details can be found on our calendar of events! For the need-to-know information, big-game updates, and successes of the sporting world in SWLA, be sure to check out Where Champions are Crowned, released on the first of each month on Let’s Play!

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