Local matchups highlight early week diamond schedule

Old friends and even some family members will be in enemy camps this Monday and Tuesday as all three parish high schools and neighboring Saline will play in a couple of juicy matchups at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department. The actions begins on Monday when a pair of first year coaches who have already proven their prowess square off against each other when Weston (3-1), led by Jacob Otwell hosts Saline (3-2), under the guidance of Micah Bougues. On Tuesday, Joe Lockhart, the longest tenured spring sport coach in Jackson Parish with 18 years under his belt leads Quitman into battle against Jonesboro-Hodge (3-2), who has won three in a row in Ethan Roberts first year. The contest marks the first home game of the year for the Wolverines after ten straight on the road, compiling an impressive 7-3 record. The Lady Tigers of Jonesboro-Hodge (0-4) will also be in action on Monday when they take the long journey to West Carroll Parish to play Kilbourne.

To recap action from Thursday to Saturday it wasn’t a very productive week for the six Jackson Parish squads who ended the three day stretch with a combined 6-8 record. It was definitely better for the boys though who combined for a 4-2 record with J-H winning their only game, Quitman winning two out of three and Weston earning a split of their two. Although the Lady Wolverines split four and lost two in a row for the first time all year they played well against powerhouse schools all from higher classificaitons in the Tioga Tourney. Weston and Jonesborto-Hodge lost both games they played. 

Jonesboro-Hodge 17 Ringgold 0 (Thursday)- The Tigers finally put it all together to take the dominating victory. Bryce Ethridge and Tydre Malone were impressive on the mound, combining to strike out ten and allowing just two hits. At the plate the Tigers got just five hits but two were for extra bases (Chandler Harvey – 2B, Layden Benavidez – 3B) and as a team drew 15 walks. More importantly, for the first time all year the Tigers didn’t kick it around as much, making only three errors which is less than half of their season average. JHHS scored five in the first with two outs. Logan Smith got it started with a walk and steal, then advanced home on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Manuel Hernandez also drew a walk and scored on Harvey’s two bagger to left center who crossed home when Marcus Thompson’s grounder to third was booted. Connor Webb followed with a single that plated Thompson, stole second and then scored the fifth of the inning when Dominick Strickland’s grounder to short ended up being the fourth Ringgold error of the inning. Smith scored another unassisted run in the second with a walk, two stolen bases and taking home on a wild pitch. Ringgold’s wildness really haunted them in the fourth as eight Tigers coaxed free passes including six in a row that allowed to seven runs, tying a single inning best for the year. Drew Davis and Titus Thompson drew walks in the fourth followed by a Chandler single that scored Davis. Trevor Fenn’s groundout drove in Thompson with a groundout before Malone got his first hit and scored his first run of his varsity career on Benavidez’s first career hit, triple and RBI. Harvey led the offensive parade with two hits, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored, followed by Connor Webb (3SB, 1B, 2BB, 2RBI, 2RS), Manuel Hernandez (2RS, SB, RBI, 3BB) and Logan Smith (3RS, 3BB, 3SB) all who reached base in every plate appearance. Marcus Thompson (RBI, BB) and Drew Davis (2SB, BB) scored twice apiece.

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WP – Ethridge (1-0), LP – McCarty
2B – Harvey
3B – Benavidez
RBI – Harvey 3, Webb 2, Benavidez, Ethridge, Fenn, Hernandez, Malone, Thompson
SB – Webb 3, Smith 3, Davis 2, Harvey, Hernandez, Strickland, Thompson 

Quitman 16 Weston 0 (Thursday) – For the second time this spring, Quitman has beaten Weston by the same score. Only this time it count’s much more as it was the opening game of district 2B play. It was more of the same for the Lady Wolverines as once again the “kiddie corps” (no disrespect intended) led the way. Their explosion on to the prep softball scene has Quitman High quickly becoming one of the more entertaining stories in north Louisiana prep sports. At least two or three underclassmen and in a many instances, not even high schoolers, has led Quitman to an impressive 13-5 record against a stiff schedule that has the Lady Wolverines sitting at #4 in the Class B  power rankings. Against fellow Jackson Parish foe Weston in the district 2B season opener for both teams, Quitman got four home runs by their underclassmen and Maggie Guyotte threw a one hit shutout, hit a home run, scored twice and drove in four. Not bad for a seventh grader. Eighth grader’s, Cali Deal and Karley Huckaby, whose 5 RBI was a season best, also came up big with two hits and a homerun each in the first inning that saw Quitman open up a 7-0 lead. Lest we not forget Maddie Kate “Big Bopper” Brymer. Along with her two hits and two runs scored she also blasted her area leading 6th of the year and even more impressively her three RBI in the contest added to the 41 she has on the season, which according to MaxPreps.com leads the state of Louisiana by a whopping six runs. After sending 11 to the plate in the first frame, 14 more batted in the second that saw Quitman score 9 more as all of the above along with Madeline Vail, Madison Chaplin, Skylar Hall, Taylor Harvey, Jada Naron (the teams lone senior). Averie Williams and Katie Lynn Roberts all getting into the act. 

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WP – Guyotte (4-1), LP – Tolar (0-3)
HR – Brymer, Deal, Guyotte, Huckaby
RBI – Huckaby 5, Guyotte 4, Brymer 3, Hall 2, Harvey, Deal
SB – Williams 2, Chaplin, Hall, Naron, Vail

St. Frederick’s 7 Weston 1 (Thursday) – What is known after the loss to St. Frederick High School out of Monroe in the Choudrant Tournament is that the Weston baseball team and first year coach Jacob Otwell won’t go undefeated this year. What is also known is that the loss doesn’t overshadow the good start to the year. Despite what looks like a lopsided scored the Wolves had a chance in this one. Nine men left on base and six untimely, free passes by the three Weston hurlers were the major culprits in the loss that saw St. Fred’s nick and pick their way to the win. The Warriors never score more than two in an inning but did that twice over the six they batted in and scored one in three of the others including the first two that gave them a 2-0 advantage before Weston scored. Ty Henderson got the only  Weston run after singling, going to second on Bryce Zehr, taking third on a Caleb Waters grounder that got Zehr out at second and scoring on a Kaden Shirley groundout to second. Tayt Culpepper, who took the loss on the mound, got the other hit along with Landon Roberts as the first five Weston batters went a combined 0-15. Waters did have a stolen base. 

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WP – n/a, LP – Culpepper (0-1)
RBI – Shirley
SB – Waters

Quitman 4 St. Frederick 2 (Friday) – Quitman took advantage of three batters getting hit by pitches, an error and two singles to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning that erased a 2-0 deficit and lead Quitman to the Choudrant Tournament victory. Ian Tilley improved to 2-1 on the season by scattering four singles and giving up one earned run over six inning. Logan Ponder got the last out of the seventh by a strikeout, leaving the bases loaded, for the save. Ponder got the big inning started by getting hit, went to second on a single by Ty Simonelli and both advanced when Luke Morgan also got plunked for the fifth time this season. OUCH! Ponder scored on a Joshua Smith flyout to center then with two outs, Cam Hollis became the third of the inning to “take one for the team” that reloaded the bases. The Wolverines then got a huge break when an errant throw to first on Cam Deal’s dribbler to the mound scored two. Kyler West then followed with a sharp single up the middle to plate Hollis. Simonelli had two of the three Quitman hits.

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WP – Tilley (2-1), LP – Neal
RBI – Smith, West

River Oaks 12 Weston 8 (Friday) – The Lady Wolves out hit River Oaks 11-6 but eight walks, three untimely errors and two River Oaks home runs helped the Lady Mustangs even the season series at one apiece. There were six lead changes in the game that saw Weston lose the lead twice in three innings. It looked like the Lady Wolves were fast on their way to a repeat of the 25-8 victory earlier in the season when hits by Lexi Barmore, Emma Kate McBride and Audry Welch along with a walk to Mary Catherine Hay and an error on a grounder hit by Alaina Trosclair led to five runs in the top of the first. A double by Reyes, three free passes and the first of Herrington’s home runs evened it up where it stayed until the top of the third. Back to back hits by Hay and Jacie Ledford led to a Sac fly by Welch and a single by Trosclair to put Weston back on top by two but once again River Oaks would rally, this time taking the lead on the strength of four walks and an error. Weston got one back in the top of the fourth to tie it up at 8-8 when Barmore reached on an error and was brought home by Taylor Chatham’s single but that was as close as Weston would get as River Oaks added four more the rest of the way. The third straight loss dropped Weston to 3-9 on the year while River Oaks improved to 5-3 with their fourth straight win. Lexi Barmore had three hits and scored twice for Weston, Audry Welch had a pair of hits, stole a base and drove in three. Jacie Ledford scored two runs and had an RBI. 

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WP – Simmons, LP – Aldy (0-1)
2B – Barmore
RBI – Welch 3, Chatham, Ledford, Trosclair
SB – Hay, Welch

Grant 7 Quitman 3 (8 innings) (Friday) – Cali Deal struck out a career high, 18 batters over seven innings including eight in a row at one point but ran out of gas in the eighth as tournament host, Grant High hit four singles, coaxed a walk and had a batter reach on an error to score four that broke open a 3-3 game and gave the Lady Wolverines their fourth loss of the year. Two singles and a home run gave Grant a 3-0 lead in the first but Quitman tied it up with a run in the third and two more in the bottom of the sixth. Deal helped her cause in the third when she smacked a triple for her second hit of the game and scored when Madison Chaplin’s grounder to second was misplayed for an error, on of six made by Grant on the day. In the sixth Chaplin knocked herself in with a leadoff homer followed by Skylar Hall slapping a single, stealing two bases and coming home on a passed ball.  Hall would add a double in the bottom of the eighth for her second hit of the game and Jada Naron would single but both were stranded. Quitman fell to 11-4 on the year while Class 4A, Grant improved to 9-1 with their seventh straight win. 

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WP- n/a, LP – Deal (6-3)
2B – Hall
3B – Deal
HR – Chaplin
RBI – Chaplin
SB – Hall, Naron, Vail

LaSalle 9 Quitman 7 (Saturday) – Two errors made by Quitman and a LaSalle triple in the first three batters of the bottom of the fifth inning led to seven runs, erasing a 6-2 Quitman lead and sending the Lady Wolverines to their first two game losing streak of the year.  Maggie Guyotte, who had come in relief of Cali Deal with one out in the fourth, was the hard luck loser despite giving up only one earned run. It was not a well played game defensively by either team as each gave up only one earned run after combining for nine errors. Quitman scored three in the top of the first when Maddie Kaye Brymer socked a double to score Madison Chaplin and Guyotte, who had reached on back to back LaSalle errors. Cali Deal followed with single to score Brymer. The lead ballooned to 5-0 in the third when Brymer and Jada Naron hit singles and both scored on LaSalle’s third boot on a ball hit to third by Karley Huckaby. LaSalle cut the lead to 5-2 in the bottom third after Quitman got generous with two straight errors to open the frame. Chaplin and Guyotte got back to back singles in the fourth setting the stage for  Brymer’s third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly. Then came the disastrous fifth inning….. 

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WP – n/a, LP – Guyotte (4-2)
2B – Brymer, Deal
RBI – Brymer 3, Deal, Huckaby
SB – Deal 2, Huckaby 2, Naron

Quitman 7 University Academy 6 (11 innings) Saturday – Madison Chaplin, who had opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a single and then stole second, scored on Skyler Hall’s grounder to third to lift Quitman to the thrilling victory in their third game of the Grant Tournament. The victory broke a two game Quitman losing streak as well as stopping University’s five game winning streak. The two teams combined for 23 hits in the back and forth contest that saw five lead changes over the first seven innings. Quitman was down 4-0 in the third when Madison Chaplin hit a one out double and scored on Maggie Guyotte’s single. A walk to Cali Deal brought up Maddie Kaye Brymer who plated both with a double to left center. Hall followed with a triple to right center for her second hit in two innings that evened the score. Another Chaplin single and Brymer double in the fifth along with Jada Naron’s single gave Quitman their first lead of the game in the fifth that held up until University scratched a run across in the top of the seventh on the strength of three walks. Hall and Guyotte had three hits, Chaplin scored three and Guyotte, Brymer and Hall had two RBI each to lead the offensive attack. Deal got her 7th win of the year with 6.1 innings of relief. 

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WP- Deal (7-3), LP – n/a
2B – Guyotte 2, Chaplin, Brymer
3B – Hall
RBI – Brymer 2, Guyotte 2, Hall 2, Naron
SB – Hall 2, Huckaby, Brymer, Chaplin, Deal

Quitman baseball splits pair at Choudrant Tourney (Saturday) – After dropping an 11-1 decision to Oak Grove to start the day, Logan Ponder pitched a three hit shut out to lead the way to a 4-0 victory over Claiborne Christian gave the Wolverines a 2-1 record at the Choudrant Tournament and improved their record to 6-4 overall. Ponder was masterful with first pitch strikes to 21 of the 29 batters he faced to gain his first victory of the year and his career.  Quitman scored one run in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings through ten singles on the night and six stolen bases. Ponder, Ian Tilley and Joshua Smith got two apiece and Cam Hollis, Jordan Vail, Kyler West and Riley Duck all got one. Luke Morgan and Ponder stole two bases followed by Smith and Tilley with one each.

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WP – Ponder (1-0), LP – n/a
RBI – Ponder, Smith, Vail
SB – Morgan 2, Ponder 2, Smith, Tilley

Weston 2 Oak Hill 1 (8 innings) (Saturday) – Cooper Delaney scored Weston’s first run with a hit in the second inning to give Weston the lead and then got hit in the bottom of the eighth to drive in the winner to earn the Wolves a split in the Choudrant Tourney and improve their record to 3-1 on the year. Oak Hill falls to 5-4. Bryce Zehr drew a walk to open things and went to second on a wild pitch. A long drive to right that was caught allowed Zehr to tag and move to third. Kaden Shirley reached on a fielders choice and then Davis Tolar walked to load the bases bringing up Delaney who after fouling off a two strike pitch earned his way to first the hard way. Kaden Shirley earned the win in relief of Tolar who struck out 8 in five innings of shut out ball.  Oak Hill outhit the Wolves 9-4 but left 12 on base. Tait Henderson, Delaney, Tolar and Shirley got Weston’s hits. 

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WP- Shirley (3-0), LP – n/a
RBI – Delaney, Henderson
SB – Theriot

Lady Tigers lose three at Saline Tourney – The winless streak to open the season and first year head coach Tracy Taylor’s career has now reached eight in a row after Jonesboro-Hodge lost to Summerfield, Red River and Saline on Friday and Saturday. There was a bright spot as the Lady Tigers exploded for 11 runs against Summerfield which almost doubles the scoring out put for the year in the other seven games. No stats were available. 

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