You can be assured that Castor is glad they aren’t in the same baseball district as Weston and Quitman anymore, especially this year. Both took decisive victories with one hit, shut outs over their former district foe on Monday and Tuesday. It was a great two days for Quitman as the boys and girls teams both got two victories and even the Quitman JV baseball team got a win. At Jonesboro-Hodge they may be the called the Tigers but “Rally Kings” would be more appropriate after their second straight come from behind victory. The news wasn’t as good for the softball teams from Jonesboro-Hodge and Weston.
Weston 14 Castor 0: The Wolves erupted for14 runs in the first two innings and Kaden Shirley, Cooper Delaney and Tayt Culpepper combined to strike out ten and allow just one hit in the shut out of the former district foe. The victory improved Weston to 2-0 while Castor dropped to 2-9 after losing their sixth straight. Caleb Waters and Braden Theriot hits doubles, Delaney hit a grand slam for his first home run of his career and both Shirley and Davis Tolar earned free passes before Weston made their first out in the first inning. Waters also homered in his second at bat of the inning, Tolar singled and Landon Roberts, Tait Henderson, Shirley and Delaney all reached on errors as the Wolves sent 15 batters to the plate and score ten to put the game away early. Culpepper got the second inning started with a single, Henderson walked and Bryce Zehr reached on an error that scored Culpepper. Waters, who went 3/3 with five RBI and a stolen base, followed with his second double of the game to score two and then came home on a Shirley groundout after stealing third. Shirley won his second of the year by striking out four in two innings. Delaney came in to strike out five in 2 1/3 inning before giving way to Culpepper who got the final two outs of the fifth ending the game due to the “ten run” rule.
WP – Shirley (2-0), LP – n/a
2B – Waters 2, Theriot
HR – Waters, Delaney
RBI – Waters 5, Delaney 4, Shirley, Tolar
SB – Roberts, Waters, Culpepper
Quitman 12 Castor 0 – It was a day to be remembered for the Simonelli family as Ty won his first game in his varsity career and little brother Pete got his first hit and RBI’s. Simonelli and Warren King combined to strike out eight and limit Castor to just one hit and Quitman jumped on Castor for four in the first and six in the second inning to blow things open. The Wolverines walked and ran their way to the early lead as Simonelli, Jordan Vail and Cam Hollis all coaxed free passes and Logan Ponder got a hit setting the stage for an incredible eight stolen bases in one inning that led to four runs. Quitman showed the “good eye” again in the second as Kyler West, Blake Carter and Luke Morgan opened with walks before Simonelli and Ponder hit back to back doubles that scored three. Ian Tilley knocked in a run with a groundout then Vail plated the fifth of the frame with a single before being driven in by a single from Joshua Smith. The final two runs were result of a Vail single, Smith double and Pete Simonelli driving in both with his first hit of his varsity career. Ponder and Vail led the offensive attack with two hits apiece while Ty Simonelli stole three bases and scored two. Hollis, Ponder, Vail and West also swiped a pair as Quitman ran their way to a season best 13 bases.
WP – Ty Simonelli (1-0), LP – n/a
2B – Ty Simonelli, Deal, Ponder
RBI – Ty Simonelli 2, Pete Simonelli 2, Tilley 2, Smith
SB – Ty Simonelli 3, Hollis 2, Ponder 2, Vail 2, West 2, Carter, Smith
Quitman 4 D’Arbonne Woods 2 (Junior Varsity) – While memories were made on Monday byr the Simonelli brothers it was the Carter’s who ruled in the Tuesday JV contest against DWC. Blake Carter threw three innings of one hit ball on the mound and reached base all three times with a run scoring triple and a pair of free passes while Jonathan stole two bases and got on twice with a hit and stole two bases. After leaving the bases loaded in the first Noah Vail opened the second with a single, stole a base and scored on a strikeout RBI by Camden Barnett that eluded the catcher. With two outs in the third Cam Deal got plunked and scored on Carter’s three bagger to left center who then was knocked in by a single from Riley Duck to give Quitman a 3-0 lead. The final run came after John Reagan Hasley walked, stole two bases and scored when Shane Rowe’s grounder was ruled an error. Eli Walker struck out five over the final two innings to earn the save.
WP – B. Carter, LP – n/a
3B – B. Carter
RBI – B. Carter, Barnett, Duck
SB – J. Carter 2, Hasley 2, Keiffer, Rowe, Deal, Duck, Vail
Quitman 6 D’Arbonne Woods 0 – Joshua Smith turned in the best pitching performance of the young year for area teams by striking out 13 and giving up just one hit in the complete game shut out of the Class 2A team. Evening his record to 1-1, Smith dominated DWC batters by throwing 61 strikes in 85 pitches over the seven innings and getting 15 first pitch strikes to the 23 batters he faced, just two over the minimum. Smith also got the offense going with a double in the third and scored on another double by Logan Ponder. Luke Morgan drove him in with the third two bagger of the inning to give Quitman a 2-0 advantage. The Wolverines added three more in the third after two outs. Blake Carter grounder that was ruled an error was sandwiched by walks to Jordan Vail and Kyler West that loaded the bases setting the stage for Logan Ponder’s grounder that got through the shortstop for an error and Ty Simonelli’s double to right that scored a pair. Ian Tilley accounted for the final run in the fifth when he walked went to second on another error off of Vail’s bat and stole his way around. Keeping with the “family” theme Jordan and Noah Vail both scored a run and Noah stole two bases. Quitman managed only four hits on the night but was the recipient of 6 DWC errors. With the victory the Wolverines climbed above .500 with a 4-3 record while D’Arbonne Woods fell to 3-6 on the year.
WP – Smith (1-1), LP – Riser
2B – Smith, Morgan, Simonelli, Ponder
RBI – Simonelli 2, Hollis, Morgan, Ponder
SB – Noah Vail 2, Tilley
JHHS 9 River Oaks 7 – It ain’t over till it’s over! The phrase first uttered by Yogi Berra in 1973 was apropos Tuesday night as Jonesboro-Hodge overcame a five run deficit after two innings for their second straight game winning rally that evened their record at 2-2. River Oaks fell to 0-3. The Tigers made six of their nine errors on the night to stake the Mustangs to a 6-1 lead that held up until the bottom of the fourth when J-H pushed across seven runs for their best inning to date. Connor Webb, who reached base in all four of his at bats by coaxing a pair of walks and getting hit twice, got the big inning started by walking. Dominick Strickland then got plunked for the second time setting up a Nathan Vines single that scored Webb. Ajay Tew followed with his second hit of the game and Strickland scored when Drew Davis walked. Logan Smith, followed with a double that scored two. After a groundout by Manuel Hernandez plated another run, Chandler Harvey raked an RBI triple to right and then scored on a single by Marcus Thompson as the Tigers sent 12 to the plate in the inning. Drew Davis scored the final run after reaching base for the third time, via his second walk, before being driven in by Smith’s second consecutive two bagger. Vines went the full seven innings for the victory allowing no earned runs and striking out five for his first career win.
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WP – Vines (1-0), LP – Odom
2B – Smith 2
3B – Harvey
RBI – Smith 3, Hernandez 2, Davis, Harvey, Thompson, Vines
SB – Webb 2, Davis, Harvey, Smith, Strickland, Tew, Thompson
Quitman 17 FCCS 7 – The Lady Wolverines became the first team in the area to reach double digits in wins by scoring seven runs in the seventh inning to break open a close game against stubborn Family Community Christian in the contest played in Winnsboro on Monday. Madison Kaye “Big Bopper” Brymer led the way offensively with 3 hits, including her fifth home run of the year, knocked in four and scroed twice. Cali Deal, who earned her fifth victory of the season, helped her cause as well by getting three hits, scoring a pair and knocking in three. Madison Chaplin scored four times after a double, single and a walk and Madeline Vail got two hits and scored three times. Maggie Guyotte also came up big with three hits, two RBI and a run scored.
A triple by Chaplin followed by singles from Brymer, Guyotte and Skyler Hall, who stole two bases on the night got Quitman off to a 3-0 start. The lead ballooned to 6-1 after two when Madeline Vail reached on an error and Chaplin walked setting up Deal’s triple to right center that drove in two. Deal would later scored on another FCCS error off the bat of Guyotte. FCCS rallied to tie in the bottom of the third but Brymer hit a two out double and scored on an error off the bat of Hall. Vail, Chaplin and Deal scored in the fifth to up the lead to 10-7 setting the stage for the big final inning. Bymer’s blast scored the first two after Deal had singled the Hall, who had gotten plunked, scored on Karlee Huckaby’s single. Averie Williams reached on FCCS’s 11th error of the game setting up three straight hits by Vail, Chaplin and Deal, who got her second hit of the inning.
WP – Deal (5-2), LP – n/a
2B – Brymer
3B – Chaplin, Deal
HR – Brymer
RBI – Brymer 4, Deal 3, Guyotte 2, Chaplin, Hall, Huckaby
SB – Hall 2, Chaplin, Guyotte, Huckaby, Vail
Quitman 8 Calvin 5 – Maggie Guyotte got three hits and scored twice and Jada Naron hit a double and a single to drive in two and scored two runs to help pace Quitman to the victory that wasn’t secure until three runs in the top of the seventh squelched a late Calvin rally. Averie Williams also collected a pair of hits, including a double and scored a run. Cali Deal earned her sixth win of the season by going six innings and striking out nine. Maggie Guyotte closed out the seventh to earn the save.
After spotting homestanding Calvin to a 1-0 first inning lead, the Lady Wolverines scored three in the top of the fourth. Guyotte led off with a hit and scored followed by a Naron single and a Calvin error on a ball hit by Williams. Madeline Vail then reached on a second straight error that plated Naron and Williams. Both teams added a run in the fifth with Guyotte scoring on a Naron double to right field. Vail was responsible for Quitman’s fifth run of the game when she doubled and stole her way around in the sixth. Calvin rallied for two in the bottom of the inning to narrow the margin to 5-4 but Guyotte singled and scored when both Karley Huckaby and Naron reached on errors, who crossed home on a wild pitch and a steal of the plate respectively.
WP – Deal (6-2) , LP – n/a
2B – Naron, Vail, Williams
RBI – Naron 2, Chaplin, Hall
SB – Vail
Caldwell 16 Weston 0 – The Lady Wolves saw their three game winning streak come to a screeching halt when Class 3A, Caldwell Parish scored 13 runs in the top of the fourth to end the game via the “mercy rule.” Seven of the eight errors Weston made in the game and six walks was the culprit to the big inning that saw Caldwell send 19 batters to the plate. Offensively Weston could only scratch singles by Lexi Barmore and Emma Kate McBride and walks by Taylor Chatham, Mallory Tolar and Audry Welch, all who were left stranded on base.
WP – Smith, LP – Hay
Simsboro 16 JHHS 1 (Game One) Simsboro 11 JHHS 0 (Game two) – The Jackson Parish Lady Tigers were no match for the Lincoln Parish Lady Tigers as Simsboro smashed JHHS both games that saw both get called per the “mercy rule.” Simsboro evened their slate to 5-5 with their third straight victory while Jonesboro-Hodge and first year coach Tracy Taylor is still searching for their first win after five starts. No statistics were available on either game.