It took longer than both wanted but first year coaches Ethan Roberts (JHHS baseball) and Kim Shows (Weston softball) has finally emerged their “baptism by fire” to be bathed in the “sweet waters of success.” Both had been plagued by seeing early leads turn into losses over the first two weeks but each saw their teams “flip the script” with game winning rallies to give them their initial career varsity coaching victory. For Jacob Otwell at Weston and Micah Bogues at Saline, the path to their first ever career baseball coaching victory was much smoother and shorter as both Wolves and the Bobcats won their season opener. The fifth new coach in the area, Tracy Taylor (JHHS softball), is still searching for his first win as a varsity head coach after the Lady Tigers got swept in a double header. Overall, it was a good four days (March 3-6) on the diamond as Jackson Parish Journal coverage area schools (JHHS, Quitman, Weston, Saline) won eight of twelve baseball/softball games played.
JHHS 9 Haynesville 8 – In the battle of the new JHHS head coach versus a former one (Adam Farris), the new won in thrilling fashion when Marcus Henderson roped an eighth inning double into right center to score Ajay Tew and Logan Smith who had opened the frame with singles. The battle of attrition that saw the two teams combine to make 13 errors and give up 19 base on balls gave the Tigers their first win of the year. J-H led 4-3 heading into the final inning of regulation play despite not getting their first hit of the game until the bottom of the sixth when Alfonzo Calahan got his first hit and RBI of the year to score Dominick Strickland who had walked. Earlier Chandler Harvey had scored twice and Tew once, the first of three in the game, after both had reached via free passes. It looked bleak after the top of the 7th with the Tigers trailing 7-4 but the Tigers rallied for three to tie by virtue of Tew and Smith opening with walks, Drew Davis getting a hit followed by both Xavier Atkins and Strickland getting hit by pitches and Devontae Mozee coaxing the fifth free pass of the inning. Haynesville regained the lead in the top of the 8th after Tiger pitching walked the bases full but once again the Tigers rallied by equaling the number of hits they had gathered all season combined in one inning. Tiger pitching gave up only two hits all game, both by starter Bryce Ethridge who gave went 6.2 innings and gave up only one earned run. Strickland came in to strikeout two before giving way to Harvey who earned the win by striking out two straight that left a pair of Haynesville runners on base. The Tigers also collected a season best ten steals with Tew swiping 4 and Davis taking three.
WP- Harvey (1-0) LP – n/a
2B – (JH) Hernandez, (H) Goodwin
RBI – (JH) Hernandez 2, Calahan, Davis, Fenn, Smith, Strickland (H) Jackson
SB – (JH) Tew 4, Davis 3, Harvey, Hernandez, Smith (H) Buffet
Weston 4 Grace Christian 1: Weston played large and small ball to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth to rally for the season opening victory in Jacob Otwell’s first game as head coach. It was ninth place batter, Bryce Zehr and leadoff Caleb Waters who did the little things with Zehr hitting a seeing eye single and Waters laying down a beautiful bunt. That set the stage for the big blasts, a pair of run scoring doubles by Kaden Shirley and Davis Tolar, who then was driven in by Cooper Delaney’s single. Shirley scattered four hits in five innings of work and gave up only one earned run to earn the win after the crafty lefty consistently came up with big outs that left Grace runners on base. Delaney earned the save with two innings of no run relief. Waters, Shirley and Zehr got two hits apiece and scored a run. Delaney also got two hits and knocked in one and Tolar drove in two and scored a run. Braden Theriot also chipped in with a hit and several stellar stops at third base. NOTE: Weston was well on their way to a second straight victory on Friday with a 4-0 lead after one inning of play before the game was called due to rain. No makeup date has been set at current time.
WP – Shirley (1-0), LP – n/a
2B – Shirley, Tolar
RBI – Tolar 2, Shirley, Delaney
SB – Theriot, Zehr
Quitman 11 Winnfield 6: The Wolverines got timely hitting and took advantage of wild Winnfield pitching over the last two innings to score six runs that broke open a 5-5 game after five. The victory evened Quitman’s record at 2-2 while Winnfield fell to 1-5 on the year.in the contest that was played on Thursday. Cam Deal was on third with two outs after opening the top of the sixth with a hit and stealing two bases before Logan Ponder and Ty Simonelli walked to load the bases. Luke Morgan then got hit by a pitch to score Deal setting the stage for a big two run double by Ian Tilley to give Quitman an 8-5 lead . After winning pitcher Joshua Smith tallied the last two of his 9 K’s in the game to set Winnfield down in order in the bottom of the sixth the Wolverines blew it open with three more runs in the top of the seventh. Blake Carter stole second after getting plunked to open the frame and scored on Kyler West’s second RBI and third hit of the game. Cam Hollis was the third to “take one for the team” and after Ty Simonelli reached for the fifth straight time, Morgan followed with his second hit to score West and Hollis. Morgan and Tilley each drove in four while Simonelli, who went 2/2 with three walks, scored three times and Ponder twice. Jordan Vail also went 2/4 with a run scored. Quitman outhit Winnfield 12-8 in the contest and stole 14 bases led by Simonelli with four. Deal, Hollis and Ponder swiped two each with Carter, Morgan, Vail and West getting one each.
WP – Smith (1-0), LP – n/a
2B – Simonelli, Tilley
3B – Morgan
RBI – Morgan 4, Tilley 4, West 2
SB – Simonelli 4, Deal 2, Hollis 2, Ponder 2, Carter, Morgan, Vail, West
Buckeye 4 Quitman 2: A two run Buckeye lead, after scoring one each in the first and second innings,tood up dropping the Wolverines to 2-3 on the year in the second game of the Grant Invitational in Dry Prong. Quitman, who was designated the home team despite playing their first straight on the road to open the season cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third when Luke Morgan got hit by a pitch for the fourth time in five games and scored on a two out single by Ian Tilley. Morgan, who reached base all three times, would score again in the fifth after getting his second hit of the game and stealing his way around that set a new personal best of six steals in one game. Logan Ponder, Ian Tilley, Jordan Vail and Cam Hollis each got a hit for Quitman.
WP – Jones, LP – Tilley (1-1)
RBI – Tilley
SB – Morgan 6, Ponder, Hollis
Saline 13 Simsboro 2: Ethan Roberts had a big day by going 2/3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Even more impressively he struck out 12 over the last four innings in relief of Logan Parker as Saline broke open a 2-2 by scoring 11 unanswered runs in the Bobcats season opener. Drew Golden started the scoring outburst by stroking a triple to lead off the fourth and scored on a Will Dison single who would later score by stealing home. Hunter Laborde gave the Bobcats a 5-2 lead by walking, stealing second and scoring on when Sean Staggs reached on an error. After Roberts scored in the fifth, Staggs stroked a double and scored in the sixth on Logan Parker’s single who scored on a Roberts groundout to up the lead to 8-2 setting up a five run seventh that was powered by consecutive hits by Jacob Jones, Laborde, Staggs (2B), Parker and Roberts (2B) and another by Golden.
WP – Roberts (1-0), LP – Mosley
2B – Staggs 2
3B – Golden
RBI – Roberts 2, Parker 2, Hood 2, Dison, Staggs
SB – Laborde 2, Staggs 2, Jones, Parker, Roberts, Golden, Crawford, Dison
Weston wins three straight!
What a whacky season it has been so far for the Lady Wolves. Over the first nine games Weston has seen about as many kind of results their can be. They started the year by losing a pair of games to late rallies. Then they got blown out in four straight. This was followed by the Lady Wolves scoring more in one game than they had all year combined and on Saturday, winning one by a late rally and a blowout of their own. The result is now a 3-6 record and a three game winnings streak.
Weston 25 River Oaks 8: After four innings it looked like the Lady Wolves were on their way to a seventh straight loss but in a reversal of fortune this time it was Weston who rallied late to win and in a HUGE way. It could be said Weston walked their way to their first win of the year as 13 times the Lady Wolves reached base via base on balls or hit batters over the final two innings but five hits including a double by Emma Kate McBride and triple by Macie Hall along with six River Oaks errors also contributed to the 19 run, two inning, outburst. It was a total team win as the entire starting nine scored at least two runs each and drove in a run. All but two got at least one hit and they combined to reach base seven times via walk or getting hit as Weston batters reached base an incredible 41 times on 17 hits, 11 walks, 5 hit by a pitch and 8 River Oaks errors. Lexi Barmore (2B), McBride (2B, HR), Hall (3B) and Mary Catherine Hay (2B) led the way with the power and three hits apiece. Barmore scored four with McBride, Taylor Chatham, Mallory Tolar, Hay and Josie Irvin scoring three times. Audry Welch, Jacie Ledford and Hall scored twice. Hall and Hay knocked in four apiece with Tolar and McBride finishing with 3 RBI. McBride was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion to get the win but also pitched very well over the last four innings as she limited River Oaks to just 3 hits and one earned run.
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WP- McBride (1-3), LP – Wintham
2B – Hay 2, McBride, Barmore
3B – Hall
HR – McBride|
RBI – Hall 4, Hay 4, McBride 3, Tolar 3, Welch 2, Irvin 2, Barmore, Ledford
SB – Ledford
Weston 16 Downsville 10: For the first time all season Weston scored in every inning and held on to an early lead to win their second straight. The contest also marked the second straight game that the entire starting lineup scored. It was the bottom of the order that did the most damage with Audry Welch and Josie Irvin both reaching base in each of their four at bats and combining to score seven runs and drive in five. Lexi Barmore and Mallory Tolar had two hits and drove in three with Macie Hall also colleting a pair of hits and knocking in a pair. Taylor Chatham and Jacie Ledford scored twice and Emma Kate McBride had two RBI. Alaina Trosclair also got a hit, scored a run and stole a base. Emma Kate McBride was the winning pitcher for the second time in as many days.
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WP- McBride 2-3, LP – n/a
2B – Barmore, McBride, Welch
RBI – Barmore 3, Welch 3, Tolar 3, Irvin 2, McBride 2, Hall 2
SB – Ledford 2, McBride, Trosclair
Weston 17 Caddo Magnet 1: Emma Kate McBride threw her first no hitter of her career and won her third game in two days as the suddenly red-hot Weston “mercy ruled” Caddo Magnet of Shreveport in just 2 1/2 innings for their third straight win After being shut out by Winnfield three games ago the Lady Wolves have now strung together 14 consecutive innings in which they have scored at least one run including the season best 15 they put on C-Magnet in the first inning of this one. Lexi Barmore, Taylor Chatham, Mallory Tolar and Macie Hall sandwiched a hit by McBride before Weston made their first out. A Jacie Ledford double and another walk to Audry Welch followed to give Weston a 6-0 lead with two outs then the entire starting nine reached as the Lady Wolves batted around twice. Ledford led the way with two doubles, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI. Chatham and Tolar scored three times with Barmore, McBride, Hall and Welch tallying twice. Tolar and Hall also both drove in two runs.
WP – McBride (3-3), LP – n/a
2B – Ledford 2, Welch
RBI – Ledford 4, Tolar 2, Hall 2, Barmore, Chatham, Welch
SB – Chatham
Quitman plays five games in three days
In scientific terms the five games played in three days against two Class 5A schools, two from Class 4A and a top Class 2A contender finally back at full strength, was what would be called a litmus test. The Lady Wolverines might not have a’ced the test but they get a passing grade after winning three of the five. It was also expected to be a good test for all the “future” stars that dot the Lady Wolverine roster. Correction! After their showing over the weekend make that just “stars.” Leading in offensive categories over the stretch were Sophomores Madison Kaye Brymer and Madeline Vail, Freshman Madison Chaplin, 8th graders Karlee Huckaby and Cali Deal and 7th grader Maggie Guyotte. In all fairness the lone senior on the team, Jada Naron, deserves mention too
Brymer led Quitman with a .588 average, 2 HR’s and 11 RBI over the five games and was tied for the most runs scored with seven. Guyotte was the leader in doubles (4), triple (2), hit a grand slam and had 9 RBI. Deal was a double threat with a dinger and a team tying seven runs score while on the mound striking out 17 in 13.2 inning and yielding a 0.512 ERA while winning twice. Vail and Chaplin tied for the team lead with seven runs scored and Huckaby led with four stolen bases.. Naron hit .500 and was just behind the leaders in most every category. Obviously it is safe to remove the “future” tag. At Quitman the future is now!
Quitman 15 Ruston 3: The Class 5A Lady Bearcats swaggered in with a perfect 7-0 record and one of the most talked about Freshman in the state. They left with their heads hanging after getting thoroughly outplayed by the host of Quitman underclassmen including 8th grader Cali Deal who held the vaunted Ruston attack that was averaging 13 runs a game to just three meaningless tallies. Quitman came out stroking as Madison Chaplin, Madeline Vail and Deal all got hits followed by Madison Kaye Brymer smashing a double off the fence before an out was made that gave the Lady Wolverines a 3-0 lead. The second inning found more of the same with Jada Naron, Karlee Huckaby, Averie Williams and Chaplin again collecting four straight hits before the first out to help Quitman take a 7-0 advantage. Maggie Guyotte, Skylar Hall, Naron and Huckaby did it again in the third as the stunned Lady Rebels could only watch the score balloon to 9-0. The “coup-de-gras” came in the fourth as this time the Lady Wolverines had six straight get a hit before Ruston recorded an out, including a double by Guyotte and Naron. Game totals reflect Quitman getting 18 hits with seven of the nine starters getting at least two hit. As a team the Lady Wolverines batted an incredible .643 and had a 1.417 OPS (on base % plus slugging %) where a rate of 1.00 is considered extrodinary. The summary of it all was said best by a Ruston fan who while walking off was overheard muddling “We thought we had a good team. Those girls can mash!”
WP – Deal (4-1), LP – n/a
2B – Guyotte
RBI – Brymer 2, Hall 2, Deal, Guyotte, Naron, Williams
SB – Averie Williams
Quitman 12 Captain Shreve 0: Cali Deal struck out seven allowed only two hits in five innings of work for her third shutout of the year. It was also her fourth straight game of giving up no earned runs and for the second straight day, Quitman “ten-run ruled” a Class 5A opponent. Quitman turned on the power on offense as well with Madison Kaye “Big Bopper” Brymer smashing two solo dingers and Madison Chaplin hitting a two run shot. Maggie Guyotte went 3/3 with a double and a triple and Karley Huckaby went two for three with two runs scored and two stolen bases as Quitman improved to 8-1 on the year.
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WP- Deal (4-1), LP – n/a
2B – Guyotte
3B – Guyotte
HR – Brymer 2, Chaplin 1
RBI – Brymer 2, Chaplin 2, Guyotte 2, Deal, Huckaby, Naron
SB – Huckaby 2, Naron, Vail
D’Arbonne Woods 16 Quitman 8: In the “say what” category, DWC overcame a 2-0 second inning Quitman lead to plate 16 runs on 15 hits in the contest that was played on a damp field. It was a totally unexpected outcome as just one day before Quitman had handed, well regarded and previously unbeaten, Ruston a thorough whipping while DWC entered into this one having lost their first six of the year. It was an 8 run third and five run fourth that blew things open. The Lady Wolverines got untracked with four in the fifth and two more in the sixth but it was too little too late. Quitman hit the books first when Cali Deal hit a solo shot in the first and Jada Naron singled and scored in the second to stretch their season best streak of being ahead in a game to 25 innings. The Lady Wolverines reached DWC pitching for four runs in the fifth as Madeline Vail, Deal, Brymer, Maggie Guyotte and Marley Bell got consecutive hits. Averie Williams and Madison Chaplin both scored in the sixth inning. Guyotte, who went the distance, was the hard luck loser as six Quitman errors led to nine unearned runs.
WP – n/a, LP – Guyotte (3-1)
2B – Guyotte
HR – Deal
RBI – Hall 2, Vail 2, Brymer, Deal, Guyotte
SB – Williams
Quitman 13 Minden 3: You almost have to feel sorry for Class 4A Minden. You just don’t expect to be treated they way they were by a seventh grader. Maggie Guyotte took out her frustration of losing her first of the year on the mound the game before by going 4/4 at the plate that included her first grand slam of her young career and a triple that accounted for 5 RBI to lift Quitman to the easy victory. Madison Kaye Brymer was the beneficiary of Guyotte’s offensive explosion to win her second of the year without a loss after scattering seven hits and helped her own cause with a pair of hits and RBI’s. Jada Naron also got two hits while and Madeline Vail scored three runs. Cali Deal, Taylor Harvey, Karley Huckaby and Averie Williams all scored two apiece as Quitman scored in every inning on the strength of 10 hits and 6 Minden errors.
WP – Brymer (2-0), LP – n/a
3B – Guyotte
HR – Guyotte (Grand Slam)
RBI – Guyotte 5, Brymer 2
SB – Hall, Huckaby, Vail, Williams
Franklin Parish 16 Quitman 11: Maybe it was being worn out from playing five games in three days. Maybe it was the inclement conditions of rain and cold wind that plagued the day. Whatever it was Franklin Parish was the better for it as Quitman made a season worst eight errors, six in the first four innings that led to 10-2 deficit. Madison Chaplin and Brymer, Jada Naron, Karlee Huckaby and Averie Williams hit singles and Maggie Guyotte slapped a double in the 5th to help narrow the margin to 10-7 but four more by FPHS put the game away. Cali Deal took the loss despite only allowing one earned run.
WP – n/a, LP – Deal (4-2)
2B – Guyotte
RBI – Brymer 2, Hall 2, Deal, Guyotte, Naron, Williams
SB – Williams
GAME OF THE WEEK
Saline 25 Simsboro 24: Hopefully those in attendance weren’t in a hurry to go anywhere in what Saline head coach Colby Hough characterized as a “marathon game”. While it wasn’t the “best played” game you will find one would be hard pressed find another as exciting or with as many offensive exploits. The totals are almost mind boggling. There were nine lead changes over the eight innings that saw the two teams combined for 49 runs scored, 39 hits, 35 walks and 13 errors. At least one run was scored by a team in every inning with both scoring in the first five innings and six of the eight. In the end it was Saline winning their 5th straight after dropping their first two of the year and Simsboro falling to 1-3. It would take a whole newspaper section to review each and every inning so see boxscore below for inning by inning scoring. What must be mentioned though are the several standout performances that were turned in by the Lady Bobcats, especially two freshmen, two seniors and a junior.
It all starts at the top of the order where Ava Toms reached base an incredible 7 times in game which was every time she came to bat. The ninth grader got four hits including a triple, drew two walks and reached on an error while also scoring five runs. Seniors Kylie Bates and Karah Zumwalt each got on base six times with three hits apiece. Bates had a triple, drew two walks, scored two runs and reached on an error. Zumwalt had a double scored five times, coaxed two errors and drew a walk. The other freshman, Jordan Williams, reached base five times, smacked a home run among her three hits and scored four runs. Junior Terrilynn Cloud also got on base four times and scored three runs. RBI totals weren’t available.
WP – Jayden Williams, LP – Wheeler
2B – Zumwalt
3B – Toms, Bates
HR – Jordan Williams
Lady Tigers get swept by Calvin
After the first two attempts to play got postponed due to bad weather the home opener didn’t got as hoped for as the Lady Tigers got swept by Calvin 17-0 and 17-2 in games that lasted two innings each before being called by the ‘mercy rule.” In the first game Da’Brandie Grey, A’Brianna Paggett and Zoie Anderson reached base while in the second Kaylee Ethridge and Anderson scored with Madison Page, Lawanna Davis, Madeline Freeman, Harley Stewart and Jeffreianna Bradford getting on base. With the loss JHHS fell to 0-3 while Calvin improved to 3-1.