Quitman matches up with Converse in Class B semifinals on Wednesday

2B or not 2B? That is the predominant question in regard to who will play for the Class B state baseball championship this Friday. With victories in their semi-final matchups on Wednesday, district 2B foes Quitman and Choudrant will play each other for the title. 

At 10:00am on Wednesday, May 11th, top ranked Quitman will take on #4 ranked Converse in the semifinals of the Class B state championship baseball tournament. The contest will be held on Field #41 at McMurry Park in Sulphur, LA. Second ranked and defending Class B champion, Choudrant, will play #11 seed Anacoco on field #40 at the same time. 

Winners of five straight and nine of their last ten, the Wolverines who finished in second place in district 2B, bring a 17-12 overall after beating #16 Singer 2-1 in the regionals and #8 Pitkin by a 3-0 margin in the quarterfinals. District 4B champion Converse counters with a 19-7 record and advanced by beating #13 Fairview 6-1 in the second round and slipping past #5 Weston in 10 innings by a 3-2 score in the quarterfinals.

The contest brings not only an opportunity for Quitman to advance to their first ever Class B state championship game in baseball but also marks a historical distinction for seniors Luke Morgan, Ty Simonelli, Kyler West and Cam Hollis. They are now the only players in school history to ever play in two state championship baseball tournaments during their high school career. Ironically, Quitman played Converse in the semifinals of the 2018-19 season as well, falling by a 1-0 score that saw both teams enter the final inning in a scoreless tie. 

Despite receiving the #1 seed in the tournament the road to Sulphur has been far from easy. In both contests the Wolverines were forced to do battle against two of top pitchers in Class B, including the regional matchup where they faced a University of Louisiana-Lafayette signee. 

Once again, Wolverine batters will be put to the test as Converse brings, not only one but two, bonafide aces into the contest in junior, Jacob Hungerford, who sports a 6-1 record and a 1.38 ERA and senior, Judge Boudreaux who enters with a 6-2 slate and a 2.05 ERA. 

Offensively for Converse it is their “band of brothers” that cause the most damage. The senior Boudreaux and his sophomore, brother Brooks are hitting .400 and .355 respectively with the elder brother leading the Wildcats with 4 home runs and 39 RBI and Brooks in hits with 33 on the year. Twins Caden and Cameron Craig have the first and third best batting average on the team with Caden, who leads the team with 35 runs scored and 14 stolen bases, hitting .478 and Cameron .385 that includes 31 RBI and 25 runs scored. 

Quitman counters with a deep staff of their own, led by Bossier Parish Community College signee Ty Simonelli, who has proven to have the knack of pitching his best games against the best competition. This is evidenced by the sterling complete game, one hitter, thrown against Singer where he struck out a season best 12 batters and his save against Pitkin where he came in with the bases loaded only to leave all three stranded. Ian Tilley and Blake Carter, who like Simonelli has thrown for more than 30 innings this year have also toed the rubber well. Tilley sports a 2.00 ERA and has not allowed a run in his last three appearances that includes four innings of shutout ball against Pitken, while Carter has the best ERA of the bunch at 1.806 in seven appearances, all against teams with a winning record. 

Simonelli paces the Wolverines offense as well with A .414 batting average, 5 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, 31 runs scored, 21 walks and has reached by getting hit with a pitch 16 times, all team best marks. Carter and Kyler West are next with .356 and .333 averages and 16 and 14 runs scored each while Luke Morgan, who is signed to play with Louisiana Christian out of Alexandria, is hitting .324 with 30 runs scored and a team best 18 stolen bases. Logan Ponder and Riley Duck make the fifth and sixth Quitman batter that is hitting over .300 for the year with Ponder posting a team best 26 hits for a .321 batting average and Duck hitting .308 with a team leading 23 RBI and the only other home run hit this year other than Simonelli’s

Directions to McMurry Park:

According to Google Maps the roughly 185-mile trip should take about 3 hours and 13 minutes to go from Quitman High School to McMurry Park in Sulphur. Directions are as follows:

Take Hwy 167 to Alexandria
Take Hwy 165 from Alexandria to I-10 West
Take Exit 23 of I-10 West in Sulphur, which turns into Attakapas Street
Take a left of Ward Lane and continue until you run into McMurry Park in Sulphur

 

 

 

 

 


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