Weston High beat Grace Christian of Alexandria 10-3 in a battle of Class B stalwarts. While the victory was important in regard to their Class B power point ranking, it failed in comparison to the thrill of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play the game at the site of the 1989 block-buster movie the Field of Dreams.
Talk about a road trip! On Friday night the Weston team loaded up on a Salters Bus to embark on what is easily the longest trek a Jackson Parish high school has ever ventured to play a game. Roughly 14 hours and 900 miles later the Wolves stepped off the bus and at 2:00pm on Saturday and proceeded to write a script to another story…… a real life one.
Every production has a star and in this one it was Cooper Delaney, who acted out multiple roles. As the winning pitcher, Delaney struck out 11 and didn’t allow but one hit which came in the top of the sixth inning. At the plate he went 2/4 with three RBI including a second inning home run into the cornfield that gave Weston an early advantage.
The supporting cast was impressive as well. Caleb Waters and Tait Henderson added three hits each and Davis Tolar reached base in four of his five at bats, scored twice and drove in a run. Drew Browning knocked in three and both Kaden Shirley and Bryce Zehr crossed home plate two times.
The victory closed out the regular season that saw Weston compile a 17-10 record and finish #5 in the Class B rankings. Grace Christian, who is ranked #2 in Division V, fell to 23-10.
Prior to the contest, KNOE-TV, Channel 8 in Monroe filmed a segment about the trip and how it came about. To view click here.