Luke Morgan hit a single, double and a triple and Ty Simonelli continued his late season mastery on the mound as Class B Quitman mauled Class 4A Minden 12-2. The victory, coupled with Weston’s 9-0 loss to Choudrant in a key district 2B matchup vaulted the 9-11 Wolverines to the top spot in Class B. Weston, now 15-7 on the year fell to #2, just 0.11 percentage points below their parish neighbor after holding down the top spot since the early part of the season. Choudrant climbed to #3, up from the #6 position they held just 10 days ago to give district 2B the top three spots in the polls for the first time ever. The fourth member of the toughest district in the state, Simsboro, sits at #12 with a 13-9 overall record.
Ninth place batter Kyler West, who had his best game of the season with three hits and getting hit once to reach base in all four at bats got the scoring started for the Wolverines when he led off the bottom of the top of the third inning with a sharp single to left center. Luke Morgan followed by getting plunked setting up an RBI single by Simonelli. With two outs Riley Duck came up big with a single to score Morgan and give Quitman a 2-0 lead.
After Simonelli, who gave up only five hits and two meaningless 7th inning runs in the game, struck out the side the Wolverines added four more after two outs to blow the game open. Blake Carter scored the first run after singling and coming home on Morgan’s triple that also plated West who had gotten hit by a pitch. Simonelli walked and stole second and followed Morgan home on Logan Ponder’s single.
The lead went to 9-0 after Carter, Cam Deal and Cam Hollis all walked and scored behind singles by West and Simonelli and a walk to Ponder. West and Morgan’s third hit of the night, a Simonelli walk and another RBI hit by Ponder gave Quitman their final total.
WP – Simonelli
LP – Miller
2B – Morgan
3B – Morgan
RBI – Ponder 4, Simonelli 3, Morgan 2, Duck, West
RS – West 3, Morgan 2, Carter 2, Simonelli, Deal, Hollis
SB – Simonelli
Eight errors culprit in Weston loss to Choudrant
A season worst eight errors led to nine Choudrant runs as what was expected to be a close game turned into a rout that threw the district 2B race into a quagmire. With the loss Weston dropped to 2-1 in the district and tied with Choudrant for the lead with Quitman sitting a half game back.
Back-to-back singles followed by back-to-back errors and back-to-back singles again gave Choudrant a 3-0 lead in the second. It would end up being all the runs they would need as Weston would manage to collect only three scattered singles in the game. Kaden Shirley was the hard luck loser after giving up 8 runs but only 1 that was earned.
WP – Hennen
LP – Shirley
Saline sets up 1B title match with Doyline
One was a “nail biter” while the other a “cake walk” but both were crucial district 1B victories that sets up a title match with front runner Doyline next Monday. The Bobcats continued to stay hot with their seventh and eighth wins in the last nine games by easing past Castor 6-5 and destroying Dodson 19-4.
Against Castor it was two runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the final frame that allowed the Bobcats to rally from 4-0 and 5-2 early deficits. In the Dodson contest a season best 20 batters stepped to the plate in the first inning that led to 16 runs and end it even before the game got started good.
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