The “second season” begins for the baseball teams from Quitman and Weston High School on Tuesday as both welcome district 2B foes. Simsboro will come to the Jackson Parish Recreation Department (JPRD) Complex to play Weston at 4:30 pm while Quitman will play only their third game all season on their home campus field when neighboring Choudrant invades at 5:00pm. In action this past Thursday and Friday, Quitman came out victorious in two of the three games in consecutive days, Weston won their only contest and Jonesboro-Hodge got no-hit.
Weston 5 Grace Christian 2: It took a few innings to shake the dust off the long bus ride to Alexandria but five straight singles in the third inning led to all the runs Weston would need to beat Grace Christian, who is the top ranked team in Division V, for the second time this season. With one out and Blaine Graham on first after reaching on an error, Kaden Shirley, Bryce Zehr, Caleb Waters, Dusty Tolar and Cooper Delaney all slapped singles. The onslaught plated four runs which was more than enough for winning pitcher Shirley, who limited Grace Christian to just four hits and two late runs. Weston would add an insurance run in the top of the seventh without a hit when Zehr reached on a fielder choice, took second on a passed ball and scored on a hard shot to short by Waters that was ruled an error. The victory was the third in a row and fifth in the last six for the Wolves, improving their slate to 7-4 entering into district play.
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WP – Shirley, LP – n/a
RBI – Waters 2, Delaney, Tolar
North Caddo 15 JHHS 0: Three North Caddo pitchers put the exclamation point on their mastery of Tiger batters over the three game series by no-hitting the Tigers in the 4 1/2 inning contest. The victory concluded the three game series sweep by North Caddo that saw J-H accrue just three hits and just one run in 13 1/2 innings of play. Conversely, North Caddo scored 40 runs to force all three games to be called due to the “ten run” rule. With their seventh straight loss J-H falls to 3-9 overall and 0-6 in district 1-2A play. North Caddo improved to 12-11 on the year and 4-2 in district.
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WP – Allborty, LP – Hernandez
North Webster 9 Quitman 5: Have bus will travel. That is the mantra for the Wolverines as they played 17th road game of the year in 19 dates. The Springhill based school put the game away almost before Quitman got unpacked with nine runs in the first two innings against Ian Tilley. Ironically, the Wolverines outhit the Class 3A school 11-9 but seven runners left on base spelled doom. Cam Hollis, Tilley and Luke Morgan got two hits each.
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WP – n/a, LP – Tilley
2B – Ponder
RBI – Carter, Morgan, Ponder, Smith
SB – Carter, Morgan
Quitman 7 Holden 0: Joshua Smith, Warren King and Jordan Vail combined for a four hit shutout over Holden in the first game of the B-Bash held in Maurepas, located southwest of Baton Rouge. The Wolverines methodically pulled away by scoring in four of the seven innings including two in the first when Luke Morgan and Ty Simonelli opened with singles and was brought home by Cam Hollis and Logan Ponder, who led the hit parade by going 3/5, including a double and knocking in two. Hollis scored in the third and the fifth with Ponder, Blake Carter and Morgan adding insurance runs in the sixth. Quitman stole nine bases with Morgan taking four to his state best total to 34 on the year.
WP – Smith, LP – Wascom
2B – Ponder
RBI – Smith 3, Ponder 2, Deal, Hollis
SB – Morgan 4, Simonelli, Carter, Deal, Hollis, Ponder
Quitman 16 Ascension Christian 13: The Wolverines torched AC pitching for a season best 20 hits, including seven in the top of the seventh inning that led to six runs and the best rally of the year in what was a thrilling slugfest that saw the two teams combined for 38 hits. The Wolverines were down 8-1 after three before plating three runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings but still trailed 12-10 heading into the final frame. Riley Duck led the way with a 4/5 day that included a double, 4 RBI and two runs scored. Ty Simonelli also drove in four on three hits the same number of safeties by Blake Carter and Joshua Smith who scored three and four respectively. Cam Deal pitched in with 2 hits, 3 runs scored and a pair of RBI’s. Warren King got the victory after going 3 2/3 innings in relief of Logan Ponder and Jordan Vail.
WP – King, LP – Evans
2B – Duck
RBI – Duck 4, Simonelli 4, Morgan 2, Deal 2, Hollis, Smith, Vail
SB – Simonelli 2, Carter 2, Deal, Morgan