What is the special connection between the date of March 28th and the Jonesboro-Hodge softball team? There obviously is one. When the Lady Tigers beat Dodson 6-0 on Monday, for the second straight year now the Lady Tigers have won their first game of the season on this date. If something happens once it may be considered a fluke, but twice in two years? Things that make you go hmmmm…….
In retrospect, you can go back to the final inning of the 20-10 loss to Northwood-Lena on March 23rd that dropped JHHS to 0-9 on the year to find the catalyst behind J-H being able to finally put an end to the 16-games of futility that extended exactly one calendar year and over two parts of two seasons.
To set the stage, JHHS was down 14-5 heading into the top of the fifth inning and seemed destined to be on their way to another thumping. No one would have been surprised if the team would have just played out the string so that the game would get over as soon as possible. After all it is a long ride back from Alexandria and the girls not only had school to deal with the next morning but another game that night.
Instead, the girls showed tremendous character and dug deep to score the most runs (6) in one inning than they have all year, sans one game. True, Northwood-Lena came back to complete the “ten run rule” victory by scoring five in the bottom of the inning but the momentum gained in the Lady Tiger’s final at bat of that contest carried over against Dodson.
Led by a pair of runs scored by Zoie Anderson and individual tallies by Kyla Hayes, Realti Atkins, Madison Page and Madison Houston, JHHS scored in every inning. Adding to the thrill is Anderson hurling the shutout marking the first time that has been accomplished by a JHHS pitcher since 2018.
Sterlington stuns Weston
Only two times this year has Weston been in a close game. They have lost both of them as Sterlington did what the Wolves couldn’t. In the first one (4-3 to Teurlings Catholic) the Wolves rallied in the 7th inning to get to within one and had the score tying runner on base This past Thursday the roles were reversed as Weston was ahead heading into the bottom of the seventh. Sterlington not only tied the game but won it in stunning fashion with a three run, walk-off, home run.
As Sterlington is the 7th rated team in Class 3A, the loss did not affect Weston’s #1 ranking in Class B but did narrow their lead over second place Zwolle. The defeat left the Wolves with an 11-4 record while Sterlington improved to 10-9 on the year.
In the top of the second inning, Drew Browning slapped a double to left field to score Davis Tolar who had reached on an error. Weston doubled their score later in the inning when Kaden Shirley’s groundout plated Cooper Delaney who had singled.
A run in the bottom of the second, third and fourth innings gave Sterlington a 3-2 advantage. Weston rallied to score a pair in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Tait Henderson got things started with a two out single. After Caleb Waters got hit with a pitch, Davis Tolar hit a drive to right field that scored both runners with the help of a Sterlington throwing error.
Three Sterlington pitchers combined to strike out 10 and give up only four hits over the seven innings. Barr got the win while Kaden Shirley got the loss after relieving Cooper Delaney who pitched 6 2/3 innings, struck out 7 and gave up only two earned runs.
WP – Barr
LP – Shirley (1-1)
2B – Browning
RBI – Shirley, Browning
RS – Henderson, Waters, Tolar, Garrett
Brymer’s big day lifts Lady Wolverines
For the second time in three days, Quitman defeated Class 3A North Webster and for the second time it was the second inning that made the difference in the game. It was also the second time that Maddie Kate “Big Bopper” Brymer feasted at the plate.
In the 17-4 “ten run rule” victory on Monday, Brymer went 4 /4, scored twice and knocked in five. All but one of the RBI’s came in Quitman’s nine run second inning where she blasted a three run homer and hit a single. Over the two games Brymer has recorded 7 hits in 8 at bats, scored three and brought home six, giving her a team tying 34 RBI on the season.
Maggie Guyotte also went 4/4 on the day scoring a pair of runs and knocking in two to tie Brymer for the team RBI lead. Cali Deal (3RBI) and Skylar Hall went 3/4 (2 RS, 2RBI, 2SB) with Madison Chaplin (3RS, 2SB, RBI) and Averie Williams (2RBI, RS) adding two hits apiece as Quitman gathered a season best total of 19 on the day. Marley Bell and Anna Leach scored three runs apiece, with Karley Huckaby adding a run to round out the scoring.
Only 2 of the 4 runs North Webster scored as Quitman struggled in the field with 6 errors. Cali Deal went the distance to improve her record to 9-2 on the year. Her 11 K’s marked the 5th time this season she has recorded double digits in strikeouts and put her total at 133 in just 74 2/3 innings pitched.
WP – Deal (9-2)
LP – Campbell
2B – Williams, Deal, Bell
HR – Brymer
RBI – Brymer 5, Deal 3, Williams 2, Hall 2, Bell 2, Guyotte 2, Chaplin
RS – Leach 3, Chaplin 3, Bell 3, Guyotte 2, Brymer 2, Hall 2, Huckaby, Williams
SB – Hall 2, Chaplin 2
North DeSoto sends Quitman to 4th straight loss
North DeSoto, the 6th ranked team in Class 3A, scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to break open a 1-0 game enroute to the 6-2 victory. The loss was the fourth in a row and fifth in the last six games as Quitman continued to struggle against a stacked schedule comprising of teams from higher classifications.
Ty Simonelli, who took the loss on the hill, had a great day at the plate, reaching base in all three at bats by coaxing a walk and slapping a double for one of his two hits. He also scored both of Quitman’s runs and stole a base. Logan Ponder and Riley Duck were the only other two Wolverines to touch up North Webster pitching for hits. The loss put Quitman at .500 on the season with a 7-7 record while North Webster improved to 11-8 on the year.
WP – Richardson
LP – Simonelli
2B – Simonelli
RBI – Duck
RS – Simonelli 2
SB – Simonelli
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