Prep Roundup! Lady Wolverines wallop Weston in district 2B opener

After the 15-0 “mercy rule” whipping Quitman applied to Weston this past Thursday the only question that remained was which part of the Lady Wolverines arsenal was most dominant? Was it the offense that had 22 batters reach base before ten outs were recorded or was it the pitching performance by Cali Deal who didn’t allow a hit and recorded every out by strikeout?

One question that was definitively answered was would Quitman continue their dominance of their parish and district rival? The answer was a resounding YES!

The victory was the sixth straight over five years by the Lady Wolverines in the Jackson Parish rivalry. It also marked the fifth consecutive time the contest was called due to the “mercy rule” and fourth straight over a three year period that Weston has failed to even score.

There is no doubt that Weston is a much improved team this season in Cecilia Akins first year as head coach. This is verified by the 3-1 start the Lady Wolves brought into the battle, tying the 2019 edition with the best mark after four games since 2017.

To give an idea of the improvement shown, in 2020 Weston lost every game played. Last spring the Lady Wolves lost their first six before earning a win. It led to belief that maybe this year Weston would give Quitman a game in the district 2B opener for both.

The answer was a resounding NO!

Not when one of the most dominant pitching performances in the state so far this season was exhibited. Not when the vaunted Quitman offense is hitting on all cylinders like they were. In all fairness when Quitman turns in a combined performance like that, NO TEAM, regardless of classification, has much of a chance.

Back to the question as to what area was Quitman most dominant in.

Let’s start with the display of pitching shown by Cali “The Real” Deal. After getting a late start due to her obligations to the Quitman basketball team, the lanky lefty showed that she is rounding into the form that earned her first team All-State honors as an 8th grader last year. Actually, it could be said she has even taken to a higher level.

Deal threw 66 pitches to 14 Weston batters, 46 of them were for strikes. When Alaina Trosclair hit an infield grounder and reached base on an error in the first inning it was the only time Weston managed to make contact with one of Deal’s pitches. Only one other time did Weston manage a base runner and that was when Penelope Ferguson walked in the top of the third. Other than that, Deal struck out every Weston batter. Twelve up. Twelve down. That includes streaks of first six and then five K’s in a row.

The offensive production was impressive as well. Quitman sandwiched three runs in the first and third innings with eight in the second. The final run that ended the game was scored without an out made in in the fourth. In 26 “official” at bats the Lady Wolverines pounded out 15 hits. That tabulates to a .577 TEAM batting average for the game. Five more times Quitman batter drew a walk and twice more they reached on an error. In 31 plate appearances Quitman batters reached base 22 times giving them a .667 on base percentage. That breaks down to two out of every three that stepped in the batter’s box.

Maddie Kaye Brymer led the offensive onslaught by reaching base all four times by going 3/3 with a walk that led to 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Madline Vail, Maggie Guyotte, Averie Williams and Skylar Hall all got two hits apiece and scored two runs, except Guyotte who crossed home three times. A.J. Grey also scored twice. Addison Fenn, Anna Leach and Deal also got a hit as did Karley Huckaby. Hers was not just any hit but a three run home run. Quitman also stole 8 bases with Vail leading the way with three thefts.

The answer to what area Quitman was most dominant in is – take your pick. The combination led to the 7th win in 10 outings this season and a 1-0 start to district 2B play. That is all head coach Justin Dodson is concerned with anyway.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 R H E
Weston (3-2, 0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Quitman (7-3, 1-0) 3 8 3 1 15 15 1

WP – Deal (2-1)
LP – McBride (2-1)
2B – Guyotte, Vail
HR – Huckaby
RBI – Huckaby 3, Hall 2, Williams 2, Brymer 2, Guyotte, Deal, Fenn, Vail
SB – Vail 3, Guyotte, Leach, Brymer, Grey, Deal

Friday contest is easy “Pitken” for Quitman

One day after 9th grader, Cali Deal’s, best pitching performance of the year 8th grader, Maggie Guyotte, followed with hers. She also turned in her best day at the plate as well. You just can’t have a much better day at the ballpark.

In one of the more dominating, all-around individual performances you will ever find, Guyotte threw 32 strikes in 39 pitches to face just one batter over the minimum over 5 innings of shut-out ball and then went a perfect 4/4 at the plate that included a double and a home run and 4 RBI. Remember, this is an 8th grader!

The other half of the youthful “dynamic duo” that toes the circle for the Lady Wolverines gave up a double to the second batter of the game. The “young gun” then retired 14 in a row as Quitman won 18-0 for their second straight shutout and 8th of the season against 3 losses. Guyotte is 5-2 in those games with the losses coming against Class 5A Ruston and Class 4A Neville. Think that is impressive? Check this out! The 4/4 effort at the plate gave Guyotte 11 hits in her last 15 at bats. That equates to a .733 batting average. For the year, Guyotte is batting .563 with 18 hits in 32 at bats and has 19 RBI and 14 runs scored in just 11 games. Is there a better 8th grader in the state? Find one if you can.

That is still only a portion of the incredible young talent Quitman possesses as evidenced by the stats compiled in the Pitkin game. As a team Quitman reached base 22 times, stroked 7 doubles, a triple, two homeruns, had six stolen bases and had ten players score and nine players knock in a run.

Additional individual stat leaders were Maddie Kaye Brymer (3/4, 2-2B, HR, 3 RBI), Madeline Vail (2/3, 2 RS, 4 SB), Skylar Hall (2/4, 2RS) and Averie Williams (2 RS, 2 RBI). Madison Chaplin (3/4, 2-2B, 3 RS, 2 RBI), Karley Huckaby (2/4, 3B, 2 RS), Marley Bell (2B, RS, RBI), Anna Leach (1/1, 3 RS, 2 RBI) and Deal (2/4, 2B, 2 SB) also contributed mightily.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Quitman (8-3) 7 1 0 3 7 18 21 0
Pitken 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

WP – Guyotte (5-2)
LP – Perkins
2B – Brymer 2, Chaplin 2, Deal, Bell, Guyotte
3B – Huckaby
HR – Brymer, Guyotte
RBI – Guyotte 4, Brymer 3, Leach 2, Chaplin 2, Williams 2, Vail, Huckaby, Hall, Bell
SB – Vail 4, Deal 2

Weston baseball defends top ranking 

It was bound to happen sooner or later, so it was no big surprise when defending Division V state champion Claiborne Christian scored the first earned runs off of Weston pitching this season. It still didn’t stop the Wolves, who entered as the top ranked team in Class B from winning their 8th consecutive contest by 10 runs or more. They just did it by scoring in the later innings this time.

Tied at four apiece after four innings of play, Weston broke out for 15 runs over the last three innings, including scoring eight when they batted in the seventh inning for the first time this year. Six Wolves got multiple hits, led by four from Caleb Waters who also scored four times. Davis Tolar and Tait Henderson got three each, with both scoring three times and Davis knocking in two with a triple and Henderson one. Drew Browning and Kaden Shirley got two hits and drove in a pair each. Cooper Delaney also got a pair of hits, including a double and accounted for three RBI. Bryce Zehr and Cole Tolar each got a hit and drove in a run as did Braden Theriot, who also walked twice and scored twice. Caleb Waters threw three innings to get the win.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Weston (8-0) 3 0 1 0 4 3 8 19 19 1
Claiborne Christian 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 7 7 7

WP – Delaney (3-0)
LP – Wedrall
2B – Waters, Delaney
3B – D. Tolar
RBI – Delaney 3, D. Tolar 2, Browning 2, Shirley 2, Zehr, Henderson, Waters, C. Tolar, Theriot
SB – Waters

Quitman continues to play “Giant Killer”

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Six times this season the Quitman baseball team has forced schools from higher classifications feel the pain of getting beat by a smaller school. Class A, St. Frederick, out of Monroe, is the latest victim and they fell the hardest of them all.

It wasn’t the score that hurt worst, although the 11-4 victory was a wide margin. It was the fact that twice the Warriors took the lead and led after the end of the first four innings only to see Quitman come storming back with 9 runs over the final three frames to win going away in the first game of the Choudrant Tourney for both teams.

It was as crushing a blow for St. Frederick as it was a glorious win for Quitman. The Warriors had already posted wins over Class 5A schools Ouachita Parish and Natchitoches Central. They had also beaten a pair of Class 3A teams in Union Parish and defending state champion Sterlington. Losing to Class B, Quitman? OUCH!

They shouldn’t be ashamed. Quitman is getting quite a reputation as “giant killers.” Already the Wolverines had claimed victories over Class 2A Pickering and D’Arbonne Woods and Class 3A team South Beauregard, Grant and Buckeye. The 4th ranked team in Class B according to the latest power poll improved their record to 6-2.

It isn’t just the fact that the Wolverines won their sixth of the year against higher classified teams, that was what was impressive. It was the way they did it.

Down 4-3 heading into the top of the sixth inning, Quitman sent 10 batters to the plate to score six runs then scored three more in the seventh. Cam Deal go the big inning started by reaching first on an error. Logan Ponder followed with a single. Then the Wolverines showed the “good eye” as Luke Morgan, Ian Tilley, Blake Carter and Riley Duck coaxed walks before Cameron Hollis got hit with a pitch and Kace West got a hit. In the seventh inning it added three more as Morgan, Tilley and Carter who got hit, Simonelli walked and Hollis got plunked for the second straight inning.

Meanwhile Duck came in relief of Tilley, who had been touched for four runs although none were earned, to throw 3.1 innings of “one hit” ball to get the win. Logan Ponder paced the offense with three hits, with Carter and West getting a pair of singles each and knocked in three and two runs respectively. Morgan, Duck and Ty Simonelli, who hit a triple in the contest, all got a hit as well.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Quitman (6-2) 0 0 0 2 1 6 2 11 11 3
St. Frederick (4-3) 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 4 4

WP – Duck
LP – Carr
3B – Simonelli
RBI – Carter 3, West 2, Deal, Hollis, Duck, Simonelli
SB – Morgan

Saline evens record with victory over Castor

It didn’t count as a district game but Saline’s 6-4 victory over their district 1B foe, Castor, served notice that the Bobcats show more potential to be title contenders than their fellow Bienville Parish rival. In the contest between the two schools who were both still searching for their first victory of the year, the Bobcats scored three in the fifth inning to rally from a run down twice over the first four frames.

How can two schools still looking for their first win after the season is several weeks even think about being district champions? Looks can be deceiving. After having a couple of games postponed that caused a late start to the season, the contest was only the second of the year for the Bobcats. In their opener they fell in a tight battle to perineal Class C power Hicks, who is still undefeated on the year.

With the loss Castor is now 0-6 on the season but the record is somewhat misleading. The first five games were all against schools from a higher classification other than a contest against defending Class B champion Choudrant. The combined record of those opponents is 33-14.
After Castor had scored two to open the game, the Bobcats cut the lead in half when Shawn Staggs singled in Jacob Jones who had singled and stolen second. Staggs tied it up in the third after getting hit by a pitch, stealing second, going to third on a passed ball and scoring on Landon Horsefallon’s single.

Castor once again went ahead with two runs in the top of the fourth only to see Saline rally again thanks to some wildness by Castor pitching and Saline’s only extra base hit of the game. Bryce D and Jones both got plunked to open the bottom of the fourth followed by Will Dyson coaxing a walk.

Ethan Roberts then did what a clean-up batter is supposed to do and roped a double to give Saline a 5-4 lead. Dyson added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when he singled, stole second and came home on Drew Golden’s RBI single. Roberts not only knocked in the run that put Saline on top he also grabbed the win on the mound after throwing the final 2 2/3 innings in relief of Staggs. Caleb Shirley took the loss for Castor.

Lady Tigers show improvement

For the Jonesboro-Hodge softball team the past two springs have been a dreary and dark time. Last year the Lady Tigers lost 13 straight games before finally winning one. Then they lost seven more after that to finish the season with a 1-20 record. After dropping the first six this season, JHHS is once again enduring a 13-game losing streak, counting the final seven games last year. That computes to a 1-26 record in the last two seasons. OUCH!

For some, the futility might make them want to quit. To the Lady Tigers credit, they are working harder than ever. Judging by their performance over the last three games it looks their may be brighter days ahead.

This past week JHHS showed signs of beginning to turn the corner. On Wednesday against Red River the Lady Tigers were tied late in the game before falling by a 19-15 score. One day later they scored 11 runs over two games against Ringgold, who won both games.

What leads credence to the Lady Tigers having fortune in their future fortunes is the number of runs scored. Before JHHS broke out for the 15 runs they had scored only 10 over the last 10 games dating back to last year. The last time JHHS scored as many runs (26) over a three game period came just before they won their only game of the year last spring.

“I was very proud of our girls. We lost, but they played a great game,” said second year head coach, Tracy Taylor following the loss to Red River. “The girls are working hard and we are getting better. We have great leadership from the returning starters and our young players are developing every inning.”

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