Quitman High School continues their pre-season preparation for what they hope is a return trip to the Class B state softball tournament by hosting a five game, round robin, scrimmage event this Saturday. Class 5A schools West Monroe and Airline, Class 3A Caldwell and Class 2A Winnfield, along with host Quitman, will play two games each.
The games will be held at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department (JPRD) Sport Complex on Field #4 beginning with a matchup between West Monroe and Caldwell at 10:30 am and ending with host Quitman taking on Airline at 4:30pm. In between Quitman will play Winnfield at 12:00 followed by Winnfield taking on Caldwell and West Monroe squaring off against Airline at 3:00pm in an all Class 5A battle.
Admission at the gate will be $5.00 per person. Concessions of chips, candy, drinks and hot chocolate will be available.
QHS SOFTBALL SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH
|10:30||West Monroe vs Caldwell|
|12:00||Quitman vs Winnfield|
|1:30||Caldwell vs Winnfield|
|3:00||West Monroe vs Airline|
|4:30||Quitman vs Airline|
Initial scrimmages bring mixed results
One thing for sure, it can’t be said the Lady Wolverines and head coach Justin Dodson has eased into the 2022 softball season with a soft scrimmage schedule. QHS took to the field against live competition for the first time this past Saturday when they played district 2-5A schools Ruston and West Monroe in a pair of “mini-scrimmages.”
With several team members missing due to their basketball commitment, Quitman opened the round robin event held at the Ruston Recreation Park by getting off to a slow start and falling to West Monroe by a 9-1 margin in four innings. In the next game the Lady Wolverines came back to tie Ruston at two each after three innings of play.
The combination of solid pitching by the 2021 Class 5A state semifinalist, Lady Rebels and rusty bats proved to be to much as West Monroe pitching that retired every out by strike out and allowed only two hits. Those were a single by Skylar Hall and a double by Maggie Guyotte, who along with Maddie Kaye Brymer got touched up for nine hits and seven earned runs on the mound. Anna Leach scored the run for the Lady Wolverines.
The Lady Wolverines demonstrated a “good eye” to coax six walks and Guyotte limited the vaunted Ruston offense to just three hits to earn the 2-2 tie. Despite not getting a hit, Quitman batters fared better than in the first contest, making contact more often and striking out only three times. Madison Chaplin got two of the base on balls and scored one run while Leach also garnered a walk and scored. A bright spot for Quitman was the defensive play over both games that saw the Lady Wolverines make only 2 errors in 29 fielding chances.