Prep baseball: Culpepper No-Hits JHHS to lift Weston

Two games. Two no-hitters for the Weston pitching staff. The first was a three-inning combined job by Cooper Delaney and Layton Garrett in the season-opening victory over Downsville. The 10-strikeout, four inning gem in the 17-0 victory over Jonesboro-Hodge was all Tayt Culpepper’s.

Offensively Weston saw 23 batters reach via 9 hits, seven walks, four hit batters and three JHHS errors to methodically pull away scoring five in the first, four in the second, five more in the third and three in their final at-bat. Following a Jacob Gill triple, Braden Theriot hit a two-run shot for his first ‘dinger” of the year to put the finishing touches on the first-inning onslaught. Colton Blundell and Cole Tolar hit doubles in the third and both Cooper Delaney and Drew Williams scored four runs each.

Weston (2-0) 5 4 5 3 – 17 9 0
JHHS (0-2) 0 0 0 0 – 0 0 3
WP – Culpepper (1-0) LP – Ulloa
2B – Blundell, Tolar
3B – Gill
HR – Theriot
RBI – Theriot 4, Tolar 3, Gill 2, Browning, Henderson, Blundell

Wolves drop opener of EA / Zachary Tourney

Weston was limited to just three hits by defending district 6-4A champion St. Michael’s of Baton Rouge who had 21 batters reach base and scored in every inning to take an 11-1 victory. The contest was called after five innings due to the “ten run” rule and left Weston, who entered with a #7 ranking in Division V, with a 2-1 record on the season. The victory was St. Michael’s first of the year after opening with two losses.

The Wolves avoided the shutout when Braden Theriot slapped a double to score Drew Browning who had singled previously in the fourth inning. Sawyer Watkins got the final hit for Weston. Blaine Graham got hit by a pitch and Cooper Delaney, who absorbed his first loss of the season on the mound for Weston, reached base via the only walk given up by the two St. Michael pitchers who combined to fan seven. St. Michael’s got 8 hits off of Delaney and Layton Garrett in the contest but was helped by nine free passes and four Weston errors.

Weston 0 0 0 1 0 3 – 0 3 4
St. Michael’s 1 1 5 1 3 –  11 8 2
WP – Achberger, LP – Delaney (1-1)
RBI – Theriot

Wolverines drop pair in Many Tourney

Converse 9 Quitman 6: In the rematch of last years Class B semifinal matchup, Converse scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the win in the Wolverines first game of the Many Tournament on Saturday. In game two Quitman fell to St. Mary’s in a 11-10 slugfest dropping the Wolverines record to 0-4 on the season.

Quitman actually outhit Converse 9-6 led by three singles by Logan Ponder, who also stole three bases. Both Riley Duck and Ian Tilley (2SB) collected a pair of singles each and Cam Deal and Jake Potts got a hit each. Hudson Pullig pitched well in his first ever varsity start before tiring to absorb the loss. 

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Quitman 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 6 9 2
Converse 2 0 1 6 0 0 x 9 6 1
WP – Clark, LP – Pullig

St. Mary’s 11 Quitman 10:  Neither a four run lead in the first or a two run advantage in the seventh held up as St. Mary’s rallied three times to steal the one run victory in eight innings. Cam Deal got three hits and three RBI to lead the QHS offense followed by two hits each form Kase West and Logan Ponder, who scored three times. Riley Duck and Ian Tilley, who also slapped a double, scored twice. Hayden Davis took the loss on the mound. 

The contest was marred by expected ace Blake Carter colliding with a teammate while attempting to field a pop fly which resulted in him being airlifted to a nearby hospital. At last report the CT scan came back clear and Carter was released to go home. 

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Quitman (0-4) 4 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 10 11 4
St. Mary’s 1 3 2 0 2 0 2 1 11 10 3
WP – Busby, LP – Davis
2B – Tilley

Tigers fall to Delta Charter in season opener

Jonesboro-Hodge couldn’t ask for a better offensive start to the 2023 LHSAA baseball season as W. Evans led off by drawing a walk, stealing two bases, and scoring on a passed ball. The ending to the contest was far from pleasing though as Delhi Charter saddled the Tigers with a 14-1 loss in new head coach Zach Cheatwood’s first game as a high school skipper.
Proving why they are ranked #4 in Division IV among “non-select” schools the Gators, who compete in district 2A scored two runs in the first and then exploded for seven more in the second and five in the third inning to take the “ten-run” rule game victory.
Trey Trosclair reached base in both of his at-bats for the Tigers by drawing a first-inning walk and a third-inning single. Alfonzo Calahan also got a hit and Titus Thomson drew a walk in the third as JHHS loaded the bases but failed to score. Pierce Ulloa added a second-inning single.

Delhi Charter (1-0)         2 7 5 – 14 5 0
Jonesboro-Hodge (0-1) 1 0 0 – 1 2 2
WP – Mize, LP – Trosclair (0-1)

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