Weston baseball/softball hosts #1 ranked teams on Monday

It is not often that during the regular season of any sport that the #1 team in the state comes to pay you a visit. How improbable then are the odds that not one, but TWO, top ranked teams play your school on the same day? Local fans will hit the scheduling lottery on Monday when the 8th ranked, Wolves baseball team will host top ranked, Choudrant in a district 2B matchup that has district 2B championship connotations and the Lady Wolves will be right across the Jackson  Parish Recreation Department Complex playing Calvin the #1 ranked softball team in Class C.

Jonesboro-Hodge will also be in action at the JPRD as they put the finishing touches on their softball regular season and play their second to last baseball game against Bastrop. Another top ten matchup take place as well when #6 Cedar Creek welcomes #5 Quitman at 4:30pm. Tuesday finds Quitman and Weston hosting Grant and D’Arbonne Woods respectively in softball matchups while the Quitman baseball team heads to Simsboro.

Weston sweeps Simsboro: District 2B is strongest of Class B schools with top ranked Choudrant, #5 Quitman and #8 Weston residing. Then there is Simsboro. The disparity between the “have’s” vs the “have nots” in district play was never more evident than last Tuesday and Thursday’s  22-0 and 17-0 Weston whipping of the Tigers. Kaden Shirley and Tayt Culpepper combined for a no-hitter in game two while Cooper Delaney and Caleb Waters allowed just one single in the first game. Offensively the Wolves wracked up 31 safeties in just nine innings and scored a dozen or more runs in one inning twice out of the nine they batted in. Waters led the way by hitting for the cycle over the two games and driving in 10 runs. Davis Tolar smacked a homer and a double, scored five, stole five and drove in five while Shirley went 5/6 and scored six runs. Bryce Zehr had three hits and scored six runs and Tait Henderson had three hits, scored three and knocked three in. Braden Theriot, Delaney, Landon Roberts and Culpepper added two hits each as Weston pounded Simsboro pitching for 28 hits. 

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WP – Delaney, LP – n/a
2B – Graham
3B – Waters
RBI – Waters 5, Tolar 3, Shirley 2, Delaney 2, Albert, Graham, Roberts
SB – Tolar 3, Zehr 2, Theriot 2, Shirley 2, Delaney, Waters

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Weston (9-4, 2-0)12050x17160

WP – Shirley, LP – n/a
2B – Delaney, Theriot, Tolar, Waters
3B – Zehr
HR – Tolar, Waters
RBI – Waters 5, Henderson 3, Tolar 2, Zehr 2, Delaney, Roberts, Shirley
SB – Tolar 2, Zehr

Choudrant quiets Quitman bats: Top ranked Choudrant hurlers limited Quitman to one run and six meaningless singles in both games while racking up 21 hits over the two games in the 13-1 and 3-1 sweep of their two district 2B contests. In  the first game the Aggies used eight hits off of losing pitcher Ian Tilley and four Quitman errors to erupt for four runs in the first and six more in the third, none of which were earned, to coast to the 5 inning “ten run rule” victory. Game two was much more competitive as Joshua Smith and Jordan Vail held the vaunted Aggie attack to just eight singles but seven walks and two errors proved to be to much to overcome. Logan Ponder went 2/2 with a walk and drove in Vail for the only run in game one. Vail got two hits and scored the run driving in by Riley Duck in game two. 

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WP – Jones , LP – Tilley
RBI – Ponder

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Choudrant (23-3, 2-0)001011x380

WP – Carter, LP – Smith
RBI – Duck
SB – Morgan, Vail

Tigers remain winless in 1-2A play: JHHS broke out to a 3-0 lead over Lakeside but couldn’t make it hold up in the 11-5 loss that dropped the Tigers to 0-7 in district play. Ajay Tew walked to open the contest and went to second on a single by Drew Davis. Logan Smith’s hit up the middle plated the first run before he and Davis scored on Dominick Strickland’s double as the Tigers scored more in the top of the first inning than they had in the previous four games combined.  After Lakeside tied it at three apiece in the bottom of the first, Tew put the Tigers ahead once again by coaxing his second walk, stealing second and third and scoring on an error. Lakeside would tie it up again in their at bat and then take control with four runs in the third. Manuel Hernandez scored the final Tiger run after reaching on an error and coming around on a Davis single. Shoddy defense once again was a bug-a-boo for the Tigers, who made six errors in the contest, that upped the mark to 81 for the season. 

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Lakeside (10-13, 3-4)314003x1182

WP – Dick, LP – Davis
2B – Strickland
RBI – Strickland 2, Davis, Smith
SB – Tew, Smith


Quitman wins three at Buckeye Tournament: The Lady Wolverines capped off an impressive weekend by outlasting Loreauville 2-1 in eight inning for their third straight victory in the prestigious event that fielded many top teams in the state from all classifications. In searlier contests Quitman bested Class 4A Northwood (Shreveport) 13-8 and Class 3A North Webster 5-1. With the “tri-fecta” the #5 ranked team in Class B improved to 23-7 on the year, which represents the most wins in Class B and behind only five teams in the entire state among all classifications and divisions.

Most wins in LHSAA softball

North DeSotoClass 4A26-5
ManyClass 2A26-4
BarbeClass 5A25-2
Notre DameDivision III25-5
WalkerClass 5A24-4
QuitmanClass B23-7

Quitman 2 Loreauville 1: In the battle between “20 plus” game winners, Quitman came out on top in eight innings when Karlee Huckabee’s drive to left field scored Cali Deal, who had opened the frame with a single. It was ‘poetic justice” that Deal scored the game winner. The eighth grader struck out 11 and limited the #6 ranked team in Class 2A that entered the contest with a 20-6 record and averaged 10.5 runs per game, to just one unearned run and four hits to earn her 11th win of the season. 

“This was a really good win for us,” said Quitman head coach Justin Dobson. “Loreauville may be the best team we have faced all year.”

Quitman broke on top in the bottom of the first inning when Madison Chaplin stroked a single, went to second on a grounder by Maggie Guyotte that was ruled an error and scored on a passed ball with two outs. Loreauville tied it in the top of the fourth by virtue of a walk, hit batter and an error. 

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WP – Deal (11-5), LP – n/a
2B – Guyotte

Quitman 13 Northwood 8: Behind 5-3, Quitman came storming back to score nine runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the victory over the 11th ranked team in Class 4A. Northwood outhit the Lady Wolverines 10-6 but thirteen walks and three Lady Falcon errors helped lift seventh grader, Maggie Guyotte’s, record to 8-2 on the year. Six consecutive batters reached on walks to Cali Deal, Skyler Hall, Jada Naron and Karlee Huckaby that sandwiched a hit by Madeline Vail. Averie Williams followed with a dribbler to the mound that was misplayed as Quitman scored four runs in the fateful frame before an out was made.  and an error in the third before an out was made. Guyotte followed with a hit, Maddie Kaye Brymer coaxed the fifth free pass of the inning and Deal and Hall followed with hits to reach base for the second time to score the five additional runs in the inning that saw Quitman send 13 batters to the plate.

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Quitman (22-7)129100x1361

WP – Guyotte (8-2), LP -n/a
RBI – Hall 2, Guyotte, Deal, Chaplin
SB – Williams 2, Deal 2, Chaplin, Hall, Huckaby

Quitman 5 North Webster 1: Cali Deal held the 10th ranked team in Class 3A to just two hits and no earned runs as Quitman broke open a 1-1 game with a run in the third and three more in the fourth. The big inning started with a boule to Skyler Hall roping a double to left center. She scored on an Averie William’s single that moved Karlee Huckaby to second after she had gotten hit by a pitch. Maggie Guyotte then plated the pair with a clutch two out hit. Madison Chaplin, who scored her Class B leading 50th run of the year, Deal and Hall all hit doubles in the contest and Maddie Kaye Brymer stole a base.

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WP – Deal (10-5), LP – n/a
2B – Chaplin, Deal, Hall
RBI – Guyotte 2, Williams, Brymer, Deal
SB – Brymer

St. Mary’s 13 Weston 2: Three walks, two hit batters and an error led to five first inning runs that propelled St. Mary’s to the five inning, “ten run” rule victory. Both teams managed only two hits in the contest but the difference was five Weston errors and 16 free passes given up by Weston pitching. Lexi Barmore led off the bottom of the first by getting plunked followed by Emma Kate McBride stroking a single. Both scored on Taylor Chatham’s grounder back back to the mound that was ruled an error as Weston narrowed the gap to 5-2 but that was all the damage done on the day by Weston batters other than a third inning single by Mallory Tolar, who took the loss. 

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Weston (8-15)20000225

WP – n/a, LP – Tolar
RBI – Chatham 2

Lady Tigers continue to struggle: The beat goes on, or maybe it should be said the beatdown goes on. Season long struggles continued for Jonesboro-Hodge who lost to district 1-2A foe Lakeside 15-0 and neighboring Saline 17-2. The defeats dropped J-H’s record to 1-19 on the year that includes six straight losses, all by the “mercy rule”. The contest against Lakeside lasted only 2.5 innings  as the Lady Tigers gave up nine and six runs and got no-hit. Against Saline, Abrianna Paggett and Madison Page drove in Zoie Anderson and Jeffrienna Bradford but by then the Lady Tigers were down by thirteen.

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