The #5 seeded Lady Wolverines of Quitman High School embark on their journey that they hope ends in Sulphur, LA, site of the LHSAA state tournament, by hosting #21 Monterey on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 pm at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department complex. The Lady Wolverines, who drew a bye in the first round are the only local school left alive in the softball playoffs after Jonesboro-Hodge and Weston both fell in the first round by lopsided margins.
Pitkin 13 Weston 1: First year head coach, Kim Shows, saw her inaugural season at the helm come to a screeching halt as #13 seeded Pitkin blasted the #20 ranked Weston girls in four and a half innings. The Lady Wolves, who finished the year with a 9-18 record, saw any hopes of advancing disappear early as homestanding Pitkin scored five runs in the first and was up by nine before Weston scratched out their only run of the game. Taylor Chatham and Jacie Ledford got the only two hits allowed while Mallory Tolar scored the lone Weston run.
Winnfield 21 JHHS 1: Zoie Anderson stole home in the second inning for the #29 seeded Lady Tigers only run of the game as #4 Winnfield easily advanced to the second round. Jiffrieuna Bradford got a hit that moved Anderson who had singled to third. With the loss Jonesboro-Hodge ends the season with a 1-21 record in head coach Tracy Taylor’s first year.
Smith pitches Quitman past Weston
Joshua Smith limited Jackson Parish and district 2B rival Weston to a pair of seventh inning hits and Quitman scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings to take the 3-0 victory that moved the Wolverines one half game ahead of Weston for second place in district 2B.
Smith was utterly dominant over the first six innings allowing only a fourth inning walk to Caleb Waters and having Tait Culpepper and Ty Henderson reach on errors. Weston got their first hit in the final frame when Davis Tolar led off with a double. That was followed by a one out hit by Henderson but Tolar was gunned down at the plate attempting to score and then Henderson got tagged out attempting to take third ending the game.
Lead off batter Luke Morgan coaxed a walk in Quitman’s first at bat, stole second and scored after back to back singles by Riley Duck and Ian Tilley to stake the Wolverines to an early advantage. Logan Ponder doubled, advanced to third on Duck’s second hit of the contest and was brought home by Tilley’s second RBI to double the lead after three innings of play. Beau Carter got the final run the next inning after singling, stealing second and scoring on Ty Simonelli’s hit. With the victory Quitman improves to 16-9 overall and 2-2 in 2B play, while Weston drops to 10-7 and 2-3. The two teams play again this Thursday at Quitman with the first pitch slated to be thrown at 4:30pm.