Prep Baseball: Weston continues to roll, JHHS and Quitman fall hard

River Oaks of Monroe scored three earned runs in the top of the fourth inning of their game against Weston this past Thursday. What is the importance of that? It broke the six-game streak Weston had going of not allowing an earned run in a game at home, which for the Wolves this season is the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Complex.

It wasn’t enough. It wasn’t near enough!

While one season streak went by the wayside another continued as Weston scored 9 runs in the third inning and 8 more in the fourth to roll over River Oaks 19-3. The victory improved the top ranked team in Class B’s record to 11-3, with all 11 wins being “ten run rule” victories.
It isn’t as if the powerful Wolves offensive attack needed any help as six Weston batters got a hit, led by three in four at bats by Bryce Zehr’s, but River Oaks didn’t help their cause by dishing out 10 walks and making six errors.
It was a total team effort as eight Wolves scored two or more runs in the contest and six more stole a base. Davis Tolar, who got the victory on the mound, drove in three with Caleb Waters, Cooper Delaney and Drew Browning adding two more apiece. Five more Weston batters also drove in a run.
River Oaks 0 0 0 3 – 3 2 6
Weston       1 1 9 8 – 19 8 0
WP – Tolar
LP – n/a
2B Tolar, Zehr, Browning
RBI – D. Tolar 3, Delaney 2, Waters 2, Browning 2, Theriot, Henderson, Shirley, C. Tolar, Zehr
RS – Zehr 3, Delaney 3, Garrett 3, Henderson 2, Waters 2, Tolar 2, Browning 2, Theriot 2
SB – Delaney, Henderson, Tolar, Waters, Zehr, Theriot

Delaney, Garrett combine to no-hit Union Parish

Cooper Delaney and Layton Garrett combined for a no hitter to pace Weston to a 13-0 “mercy rule” victory over Class 3A Union Parish this past Wednesday. The victory improved the Wolves record to 10-3 and snapped a three-game losing streak for the top ranked team in Class B. Union Parish fell to 3-9 with the loss.

Home sweet home! There is no place like home, or in the case of the Wolves baseball team, the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Complex (JPRDC) which is where Weston plays their home games. Six times this season the Wolves have hosted opponents from higher classifications at the JPRDC. Six times they have sent their opponents home quicker than they planned on playing.

Weston’s offensive stats at home are mind boggling, Over the six games the Wolves have accumulated 93 runs. That is an average of just over 16 runs a game. Even more incredible is the effort the pitching staff has put forth. Weston hurlers have now thrown four no-hitters is six outings. In the other two they gave up one hit and two hits. Opponents have scored only one run combined and still yet to score a single earned run.

Give Union Parish credit as they lasted longer than any other team has so far this season by stretching the game to 4 ½ innings. Prior to the contest on Wednesday, no team had managed to stay on the field for more than three.

Delaney does it again! The contest marked the third time this season that Delaney has started a contest where the Wolves pitching staff threw a no-hitter. It also was the second time that Garrett has come in to close out a “no-no.” The victory improved Delaney’s record to 3-1 on the year, the only loss being a hard luck 4-3 setback to Class 4A’s top ranked team, Teurlings Catholic from Lafayette, where he gave up only 2 earned runs. His season ERA now stands at 2.625 and a perfect zero in games pitched at home.

Davis is dominating! Davis Tolar continued his torrid pace at the plate with a by getting two hits in two at bats, one being a double, that included a walk and 2 RBI. His seventh, multi hit game of the year improved his batting average to .667 for the year, which is among the state leaders according to MaxPreps.

Trice as nice! Weston hit three triples in the contest to give them an incredible ten as a team. Tait Henderson, who scored three runs, hit is first of the season while Bryce Zehr’s second three bagger of the year added to his 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. Drew Browning rounded out the Wolves “tri-fectas” with his second of the season that led to a season high 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Union Parish   0 0 0 0 0 – 0 0 3
Weston High   5 5 3 0 x – 13 8 4           

WP – Delaney (3-1)
LP – Thomas
2B – Tolar
3B – Henderson, Zehr, Browning
RBI – Browning 4, Tolar 2, Waters, Shirley, Theriot
SB – Zehr 2, Theriot

JHHS dominated in district opening series

After the last two games that saw the Tigers put up 29 runs in a blowout victory and a narrow, one run loss, Jonesboro-Hodge coach Chris Smith hoped the Tigers were turning the corner heading into district 1-2A play. Instead, they ran into a brick wall. Or maybe it should be said, a wood one.
D’Arbonne Woods Charter (DWC) out of Farmerville, who soared to the top of the 1-2A standings with a 3-0 record and improved their overall record to 6-11, beat JHHS 21-1, 15-0 and 20-8 in the three-game series to drop the Tigers record to 2-8 overall and 0-3 in district play.

DWC 21 JHHS 1: Three and thirteen! Those were the predominant numbers that told the story. Three Tigers pitchers got pelted for 13 hits, gave up 13 free passes and had 13 bases stolen against them while the JHHS offensive managed only three singles. Marcus Thompson scored the run for the Tigers as he, Waylon Evans and Jayden Qualles got the hits and Logan Smith the lone RBI. Tydre Malone took the loss.
DWC 0 2 2 4 13 – 21 13 0
JHHS 0 0 1 0 0 – 1 3 2
WP – Brown
LP – Malone
RBI – Smith
RS – Thompson
SB – Thompson

DWC 15 JHHS 0: Thankfully the carnage only lasted for two D’Arbonne Woods at bats, as the “mercy rule” kicked in after 2 ½ innings of play and JHHS down by 15 runs. In that short time though DWC roughed up JHHS pitching for 13 hits that included 8 doubles, including three in a row in the second inning that saw DWC pile up 11 runs. Ethan Taylor got two hits for JHHS and Aiden Price hit a double and stole a base.
JHHS 0 0 0 – 0 3 1
DWC 4 11 x – 15 13 0
WP – Davis
LP – Tew
2B – Price
SB – Price

D’Arbonne Woods 20 JHHS 8: The Tigers seemed on the verge of salvaging the final game of the three game series by breaking on top with two runs each in the first inning and third innings. Then D’Arbonne Woods started hitting the ball and when they didn’t, the Tiger pitchers couldn’t find the plate. DWC pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of an unbelievable 17 free passes to score 11 runs in the third and 9 more in the fourth.
Can we have a strike please? Four Tiger pitchers toed the hill. None of them could throw a strike. The Tigers staff threw 149 pitches with just 48 of them being strikes and 101 of them being balls. YIKES! You won’t win many like that.
The lack of command wasted a good day at the plate by Ajay Tew, Logan Smith and Ethan Taylor. Tew had his best day at the plate this year, getting three hits in four at bats, knocking in two, scoring a run and stealing a base. That included a pair of doubles, the first time a Tiger batter has hit for multiple extra bases this season. Smith, who also stole a base, and Taylor had two hits each and both got an RBI and scored a run. J Qualles also got a pair of hits and knocked in a run.
JHHS 2 0 2 0 4 – 8 11 1
DWC 0 0 11 9 x -20 11 0
WP – Hearn
LP – Strickland
2B – Tew 2
RBI – Tew 2, Qualles, Paggett, Taylor, Smith, Strickland
RS – Tew, Evans, Strickland, Smith Taylor, Ulloa, Thompson, Bradford
SB – Smith, Tew

Many scores many to beat Quitman

It started bad and ended worse for the Wolverines who fell to Many High 13-3 in six innings. The loss was the fourth in the last five games, all coming against top ten ranked schools from higher classifications and dropped their record to 7-6 on the year. Many, the 4th ranked team among “non-select” schools in Class 2A improved to 13-2 on the season.

The visiting Wolverines got off to an early 1-0 lead when Logan Ponder opened the game by getting plunked and advanced to second on a perfectly executed bunt single by Ty Simonelli. Then with two outs Luke Morgan singled in a run. Then Many came to bat and scored five runs, the big blow being a two out, grand slam.

Quitman rallied for two more runs in the top of the second when Cam Hollis reached on an error, Kace West and Ian Tilley singled and Ponder hit a sacrifice fly. That would be it for the offense though as Many pitching allowed only one more hit to the 8th ranked team in Class B the rest of the way. The Tigers would add single runs in the bottom of the second and fourth innings and then ended the contest with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Quitman (7-6) 1 2 0 0 0 0 – 3 5 2
Many (13-2)    5 1 0 1 0 6 – 13 12 2

WP – Deville
LP – Tilley
RBI – Tilley, Morgan, Ponder
SB – Duck, Morgan

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