Quitman High claims District 2B softball title

When Quitman High “ten run” ruled Simsboro and Choudrant this past Thursday and Friday they reached one goal that was set at the beginning of the season – win the District 2B championship. Now they set their sights on an even bigger prize, but will have to wait for about a month to go after a state title as in an unusual scheduling quirk the regular season is only about halfway done. In the meantime, the 4th ranked Lady Wolverines according to Geaux Preps looks to continue their powerful season long performance that has led them to more wins than anyone in Class B and the most in all of northeast Louisiana, regardless of classification. The baseball team also won twice to extend their season best winning streak to five games before dropping a game while the Weston boys and girls went in the other direction.  The Lady Wolves dropped three of four and the boys lost one late that gave them their first two game losing streak of the year. Neither Jonesboro-Hodge team played. 

Quitman 16 Choudrant 1 (Friday) – Averie Williams followed up a career best on the bases with her game of the year at the plate by going 4/4, driving in 3 runs, stealing 3 bases and scoring twice to help pace Quitman to the district 2B title in undefeated fashion. She also had lots of help. Skylar Hall and Cali Deal had three hits apiece and Maggie Guyotte scored three and reached base three times including smashing her fourth home run of the year. Jada Naron got into the act with a double and two RBI and Madison Chaplin stole three bases and scored twice. Emily Borland scored two runs as well. Deal was also dominant on the mound, where she struck out 13 and allowed no earned runs to up her record to a stellar 8-3 on the year. Quitman pounded out 13 hits as a team and scored in all five innings they batted with the big blow being seven runs scored in the top of the fourth that blew the game open in the battle between the two top ten Class B teams.

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Quitman (15-5, 3-0)2147216131
Choudrant (10-6, 2-1)00100143

WP – Deal (8-3), LP – n/a
2B – Deal, Naron
HR – Guyotte
RBI – Williams 3, Hall 2, Naron 2, Brymer, Guyotte, Huckaby
SB – Williams 3, Chaplin 3, Grilette, Hall, Vail

Quitman 17 Simsboro 2 (Thursday) – Madison Chaplin got two hits including her fourth homer of the year and scored four runs and Maddie Kaye Brymer knocked in three and scattered four hits without allowing an earned run to win her third of the year against no defeats. Skyler Hall also came up big with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored, Jada Naron go 2 hits, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases, Cali Deal hit a double, scored twice, drove in 3 and stole three bases. All of that failed in comparison though to the team best and career high, six stolen bases by Averie Williams, who drew three of the 11 walks Quitman received and scored three runs. As a team Quitman stole a season best 14 bases. Five runs in the second and third inning followed by six in the fourth ended the contest per the “mercy rule.”

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Simsboro (7-7, 0-2)0002244
Quitman (14-5, 2-0)15561772

WP – Brymer (3-0), LP – n/a
2B – Deal
HR – Chaplin
RBI – Brymer 3, Hall 3, Deal 2, Naron 2, Vail, Chaplin
SB – Williams 6, Deal 3, Naron 2, Borland, Chaplin, Hall, Roberts

Weston 8 Hornbeck 6 (Friday) – Weston raced out to an 8-3 lead and then threw a runner out at home to preserve the victory with the tying runs on base to stop and four game slide and win their fourth of the year. Mallory Tolar scattered five hits and gave up 3 earned runs over 7 innings to earn her first victory of the year. Weston took an early 4-0 lead in the second when Tolar and Audry Welch reached on two of the eight errors Hornbeck made that sandwiched a single by Jacie Ledford and a Mary Catherine Hay fielders choice that was followed by a Lexi Barmore double. Welch, Josie Irvin, Barmore, Emma Kate McBride, Taylor Chatham and Tolar all reached base in consecutive at bats in the sixth inning that scored what turned out to be three decisive runs.  

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Hornbeck (2-7)0020013658
Weston (4-10)040103x893

WP – Tolar (1-3), LP – n/a
2B – Barmore, McBride
RBI – Barmore, Chatham 2, Welch 2, Ledford, McBride
SB – Chatham, McBride

Choudrant 21 Weston 11 (Thursday) – The Lady Wolves scored nine runs in the top of the fifth to get within one after spotting Choudrant a ten spot but seven in the bottom half of the inning by the Lady Aggies and four more in the fifth ended the district 2B game via the “ten run” rule. Macie Hall got three hits, one which was her second homerun of the year, knocked in a pair and scored twice while Taylor Chatham chipped in with 2 RBI, 2 RS. Audry Welch also got two hits and knocked in a pair. Weston outhit the Lady Aggies 12-9 as every starter got a hit. Martin hit three doubles and knocked in four runs to lead Choudrant offensively. 

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Weston (3-10, 0-2)00009211125
Choudrant (10-5, 2-0)5311742182

WP – Bennett, LP – Aldy (0-2)
2B – Martin 3, Ledford, Goss
HR – Hall
RBI – Martin 4, Goss 3, Chatham 2, Hall 2, Welch 2, Barmore, Hay, Tolar, Smith, Johnson, Plyant
SB – Bennett 2, Barmore, Chatham, McBride, Guillotte

Quitman 15 Florien 6 (Thursday) – In a possible future playoff matchup #10 Quitman scored four in both the fourth and fifth innings to take down #9 Florien in their first game of the St. Mary’s baseball tournament in Natchitoches. Ty Simonelli (3 RBI, 2 SB, 2B, RS) and Riley Duck (2 RBI) had three hits while Luke Morgan (2B, SB) scored four and Ian Tilley (2B) three runs as did Cam Hollis, who also stole 3 bases and knocked in a run. Kyler West (2 RS) and Jordan Vail (2 RBI, RS) also got two hits. Logan Ponder went five innings to earn the win. With the game tied at one, Vail got a hit, West got hit, Hollis hit a single, Morgan walked and Simonelli got a single to give Quitman a 5-1 lead. With two out in the fifth West singled to score Tilley who doubled, Hollis walked, Morgan singled and Simonelli doubled as Quitman upped the lead to 9-2. After Florien plated four in the bottom of the sixth to draw to within three, Quitman batted around to plate five with Hollis, Simonelli, Joshua Smith, Vail and Duck all getting hits. As a team the Wolverines pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of four Florien boots. 

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Quitman (10-4)001441515173
Florien (8-5)0011041674

WP – Ponder, LP – n/a
2B – Simonelli, Duck, Morgan, Tilley
RBI – Simonelli 3, Duck 2, Vail 2, Hollis, Ponder, Smith
SB – Hollis 3, Simonelli 2, Morgan, Ponder

Quitman 12 Montgomery 2 (Saturday) – It was back to back four spots once again, this time in the third and fourth innings that broke open a 2-2 game and lift Quitman to their season best fifth straight victory in the second game of the St. Mary’s tourney. Logan Ponder went 4/4 and scored three runs while Ian Tilley (3 RBI, 2 RS, SB) and Luke Morgan (3 RS, 2 SB) got two hits apiece. Jordan Vail also had a big day with three stolen bases and two RBI. Ty Simonelli scored twice. Cam Hollis got plunked followed by Morgan, Ponder and Tilley getting singles to give Quitman a 6-2 advantage after three before Quitman added four more with two outs via walks to Morgan, Simonelli and Tilley accompanied by singles by Ponder, Smith and Vail. Ian Tilley got the win in relief of Riley Duck with four innings of one hit and no run ball. Quitman got ten hits and stole ten bases.

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Quitman (11-4)20441112103
Montgomery (3-8)020000214

WP – Tilley, LP – n/a
RBI – Tilley 3, Vail 2, Smith, Simonelli
SB – Vail 3, Morgan 2, Hollis 2, Simonelli, Ponder, Tilley 

Downsville 5 Weston 4 (Thursday) – Downsville pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the sixth when the batter reached first after striking out, went to third on a single and scored on a groundout to send Weston to their first two game losing streak of the year. The Wolves had tied it a four in the fifth after squandering leads twice in the game when Kaden Shirley scored on a Cooper Delaney groundout after stroking a one out double and moving to third on a passed ball. Weston opened the game by taking a two run lead when Davis Tolar doubled in both Bryce Zehr and Shirley who had walked. Zehr scored in the third to give Weston a 3-2 lead after reaching on an error and Davis hit a ball to second that was booted after Shirley had singled. Delaney, the third Weston pitcher on the day, took the loss. Weston managed only three hits, two by Shirley who also scored two runs as did Zehr. Davis had two RBI and stole 2 bases

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Weston (4-3)2010100431
Downsville (9-4)202001x583

WP – n/a, LP – Delaney
2B – Shirley, Tolar
RBI – Tolar 2
SB – Tolar 2, Theriot

Elizabeth 12 Weston 8 (Saturday) – Weston out hit Elizabeth 10-7 and had ten runners reach base via errors but grabbed defeat out of the jaws of victory by stranding 11 base runners in the opending game of the Grace Christian softball tournament held at Cabrini Field in Alexandria. The killing blow came in the third when six walks and an error that combined with four hits, including a home run led to nine Elizabeth runs in the third inning. Down 12-3 the Lady Wolves made a furious rally by scoring two in the sixth and three more in the bottom of the seventh on EmmA Kate McBride’s three run dinger but left two runners on base in each. Lexi Barmore gave Weston a 1-0 first inning lead with leadoff home run that went to 2-0 after two when Audry Welch singled and scored on back to back Elizabeth errors on balls hit by Josie Irvin and Barmore. Mallory Tolar took the loss. Welch, Taylor Chatham and Welch got two hits apiece

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Elizabeth (8-6)009210012710
Weston (4-11)11100238104

WP – n/a, LP – Tolar (1-4)
HR – Barmore, McBride
RBI – McBride 3, Barmore, Welch, Hall

Bunkie 20 Weston 1 (Saturday) -Kara Tims will always remember this game as the one where she got the first hit of her varsity career. Don’t blame her if in time she forgets the outcome as the way it turned out the final score was one that she and the Lady Wolves would rather forget. Nine walks, four hit batters and seven Weston errors in the first three innings led to the easy Bunkie victory in the Lady Wolves second game of the Grace Christian Softball Tournament in Alexandria. There was one other bright spot in the worst loss of the year, that being Macie Hall’s team leading third home run and 16th RBI of the season that came in the second inning. Taylor Chatham got the other Weston hit. 

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Bunkie (6-8)7582070
Weston (4-12)010137

WP – n/a, LP – Hay
HR – Hall
RBI – Hall

St. Mary 9 Quitman 2 (Saturday) – It was just one of those “total team tank” days. The fielders couldn’t catch, the pitchers couldn’t throw strikes and the batters couldn’t get hits when they needed them. The result was eight errors, nine free passes given by three pitchers and only six hits, three of those coming in the sixth inning when the Wolverines were already down by eight runs. The loss brought to a screeching halt the season best five game winning streak and dropped the Wolverines to 11-5 on the season while the 7th ranked team in Division IV in the latest LHSAA power rankings and tournament host improved to 13-4 and 2-0 against Quitman this season. Even the only good storyline of the game for Quitman came the hard way, that being when Luke Morgan got hit by a pitch for the area leading, ninth time to open the sixth inning where the Wolverines scored their only two runs. Ian Tilley and Joushua Smith, who took the loss, got an RBI each.

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St. Mary (13-4)122301x940

WP – Williams, LP – Smith
RBI – Smith, Tilley

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