It is an old belief that bad things will happen if you cross the path of a black cat. Quitman found out that sometime adages are true as their anticipated trip back to Sulphur, where the Class B state tournament is played, came to an abrupt end at the hands of the Black Cats of Florien.
In the battle between the #4 and #5 seeds in Class B, Florien got out hit by Quitman 8-6 and made four errors to three by the Lady Wolverines. Yet on the scoreboard, which is the only set of numbers that matter, Quitman trailed 5-3 when the last out was made of the quarterfinal playoff game.
With the loss Quitman, the district 2B champion, ends their season with a 22-8 record. Florien improves to 21-9 and awaits the winner of #1 Holden and #9 Lacassine in the Class B semifinals that will be played at Frasch Park on April 29th.
In four of the seven innings, Quitman got the leadoff batter on base. In every inning the Lady Wolverines had a runner on second. In three of the last four innings a runner made it as far as third base. Quitman was so close, yet so far away.
Looking back the story of the game materialized in the first inning. Cali Deal led off with a double but two batters later the inning was over after a hard line shot ended up being right at the Florien second baseman leading to a double play. In the remaining innings it was the same. In both the second and third innings a runner on second stood forlornly after the third out was made. In the fourth, runners on second and third were left stranded. In the fifth, Maggie Guyotte got two out hit, Brymer walked and Madi Chaplin reached on a single to load the bases. This time it was a grounder to short that cut the rally attempt short.
Finally in the sixth Quitman broke through when Averie Williams led off with a walk and scored on back-to-back singles by Skylar Hall and Karlee Huckaby that was accompanied by an error each time. Cali Deal hit a single to narrow the margin to 5-3 and Quitman had runners on second and third following a double by Maddie Kaye Brymer. Again, a groundout ended all hopes.
It was if all the good luck went Florien’s way. Their first inning is a perfect example when they took a 1-0 lead without getting a hit, taking advantage of a hit batter, a walk and an error. To their credit the four spot they put up in the fifth was the result of good hitting as they smacked two doubles and hit three singles getting all but one other hit they managed in just one inning.
Deal had three hits that included a pair of doubles to lead the Quitman offense and Brymer hit a double and walked twice. Anna Leach, Hall and Huckaby scored the runs but despite Florien throwing 121 pitches of which only 77 were strikes, Quitman could not capitalize.
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