No one can say that Quitman head baseball coach Joe Lockhart padded his schedule this spring. In fact, it would be hard pressed to find a more difficult schedule among all Class B schools in the state. Seventeen times the Wolverines have stepped on the field this year. In sixteen of those, it has been against schools from a higher classification. This includes the last eight in a row, which have all resulted in losses against teams with a winning record.
After three losses in three days to top fifteen ranked schools in their respective classes, Class 4A North DeSoto (4-3), Class 5A Airline (6-1) and Class 3A Sterlington (6-3), the Wolverines now stand at 7-10 on the year.
The hope Lockhart and his staff has is that this “gritty gauntlet” will play out in Quitman’s favor. There is no doubt that Quitman has been tried and tested. It is a good thing too, as when they begin to wage war in district 2B competition it will be against the strongest collection of teams from one district in the state in any class. All four teams, including Quitman are in the in the top ten of Class B. Weston and Choudrant rank #1 and #2, while the Wolverines, despite their losing record sits at #6. Simsboro checks in at #10.
The Wolverines won’t have long to wait to see. On Monday, Quitman will travel to the defending Class B champion and then turn around and host Choudrant on Thursday as district play takes priority on the schedule for the next three weeks.
Lady Wolverines fall to late rally by Jena
The first time the two played, Jena scored four runs to almost come back and win the game. This time they did as three runs in the bottom of the sixth and a single score in the bottom of the seventh erased what had been a 7-4 Quitman lead. With the loss the Lady Wolverines saw their season best seven game winning streak come to a screeching halt and dropped their record to 18-6 on the year. Resurgent Jena, who has won two of their last three after losing eight straight, improved to 9-19 on the season.
The loss overshadowed a tremendous day at the plate by Cali Deal who went 4/4 with two home runs and five RBI. It failed to take the sting out of being the losing pitcher though, despite allowing just three earned runs and striking out eight. Eighth grader, Maggie Guyotte, continued to impress with her team leading sixth home run of the year while Averie Williams and Karley Huckaby got two hits each and Skylar Hall scored twice. Madeline Vail and Madison Chaplin both hit a double.
WP – Decker
LP – Deal
2B – Vail, Chaplin
HR – Deal 2, Guyotte
RBI – Deal 5, Guyotte, Huckaby
RS – Deal 2, Hall 2, Guyotte, Huckaby, Bell
SB – Williams
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