Prep Softball: Weston girls win first of year

Jacie Ledford’s second triple of the game and a double by Raelynn Shell sandwiched a single by Alaina Trosclair and two errors on ball hit by Penelope Ferguson and Hailey Chatham that led to five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Weston took an 11-7 win over Downsville. The victory in their opening contest of the Polar Bear Classic held on the campus of ULM was the first in three tries for Weston for their first victory of the season and dropped Downsville to 3-1 on the year.

The Lady Wolves finished an inning with the lead for the first time this season by scoring four runs in the first inning of their contest in the Polar Bear Classic held on the campus of ULM. Facing a 3-0 deficit, Carly Jo Griffin and Jacie Ledford drew walks and Alaina Trosclair reached on a two out error that scored a run. A pair of clutch singles by Carlynn Waters and Penelope Ferguson plated three more including Olivia Marsh, who was pinch running for Gracie Mudge.

After Downsville scored two in the top half of the second inning, Weston responded with a pair of their own, when Griffin reached on an error and scored on Ledford’s “three bagger” followed by a Mudge single that scored Weston’s sixth run in the first two innings with two outs.

Overcoming seven Weston fielding errors, Ferguson was outstanding in the circle for Weston, allowing just two earned runs and striking out six in the complete game, seven inning performance to pick up her first win of the year.

Downsville (3-1) 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 – 7 6 4
Weston (1-2) 4 2 0 0 0 5 x – 11 11 7
WP – Ferguson (1-0), LP – Barkley
2B – Shell
3B – Ledford 2
RBI – Ledford 2, Ferguson 2, Mudge, Waters, Shell
SB – Irvin, Griffin, Ferguson, Waters

Polar Bear is frigid for locals on Saturday

The weather was relatively warm for February but the results were down right frigid for both Weston and Quitman on Saturday at the Polar Bear Classic held on the campus of ULM in Monroe. 

Both local schools lost a pair of games with Weston falling to Mangham 15-4 and Evangel Christian Academy 13-1 and Quitman losing to both Caldwell Parish 9-2 and Calvary Baptist Academy 17-5. As result both schools limp back to Jackson Parish with 1-4 records but better for the experience of playing some of the stronger teams in north Louisiana. 

Lady Tigers fall to Calvin in season opener

The first game in new head coach Matthew Pierce’s reign as skipper of the Jonesboro-Hodge softball team ended much like all but one game did last year for the Lady Tigers. The difference was that in the 15-0 season-opening loss to Calvin, the Lady Tigers showed signs of improvement as the game went on.  That couldn’t be said a year ago. Or for that matter even the year before that.

Perennial Class C and now Division V, power Calvin wasted no time showing their superiority as they jumped on JHHS quickly and then slowly pulled away. Zoie Anderson was the only Lady Tiger to reach base.

“I am encouraged by the effort the girls gave, “ said Pierce following the game. “We have a long way to go before we get to where we want to be. We just have to keep working.”

D’Arbonne Woods spoils QHS home opener

It could be said that Quitman didn’t put their best foot forward in their first true home game in three years. What the vague analogy refers to is that the Lady Wolverines were forced to play against the highest-ranked Division III team in north Louisiana among “non-select” schools without star pitcher Cali Deal, who was out of action due to a foot injury.

As result, the contest turned into a slugfest that saw both teams combine for 26 hits and 26 runs. The fatal blow to Quitman was an 8-run fifth inning by DWC that broke open a 5-4 contest. Highlights for the Lady Wolverines were the outstanding hitting display by freshman Maggie Guyotte who went 4/4 which included her first home run of the season and a double which led to 2 RBI and a run scored. Another first was recorded when Halle Kate Pullig connected on a three-run blast for the first varsity home run of her career.

Additional offensive contributors were Madison Chaplin (2/3,3 RBI, RS) and Skyler Hall (2B, 2BB, RS). Madison Vail (SB, RS, BB), Averie Williams (RBI, RS, BB), and Karlee Huckabee (SB) all got an RBI. Marley Bell scored twice and Maddie Brymer once for the Lady Wolverines who saw their record evened at 1-1. After their second victory over a Jackson Parish school in three days, DWC improved to 3-0 on the year.

DWC (3-0) 2 0 1 2 8 2 0 – 15 16 1
QHS (1-1) 2 0 1 1 4 3 0 – 11 10 5
WP – Redden, LP – Guyotte
2B – Guyotte, Hall
HR – Guyotte, Pullig
RBI – Pullig 3, Chaplin 3, Guyotte 2, Vail, Williams, Huckaby
SB – Huckaby, Vail

Franklin Parish 10 Quitman 6: Two errors, two walks, and two hits before the second out of the game was made staked FPHS to five runs in the bottom of the first inning. That, along with QHS being able to score only 16 runs despite pounding out 16 hits, proved to be fatal in Quitman’s first game of the Polar Bear tourney held on the campus of ULM.

Madison Chaplin, who scored four of the six Quitman runs, and Maggie Guyotte, who knocked in three, both went 4/4 with a double. Madison Vail rapped a pair of two-baggers, knocked in two, and scored a run while Maddie Brymer and Averie Willams also collected a pair of hits each. Anna Leach collected her first RBI of the year with a sacrifice fly.

Quitman (1-2) 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 – 6 16 5
FPHS (3-0) 5 1 3 0 0 1 x – 10 8 0
WP – Harvard, LP – Guyotte (0-2)|
2B – Vail 2, Chaplin, Guyotte
RBI – Guyotte 3, Vail 2, Leach

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2 thoughts on “Prep Softball: Weston girls win first of year

  1. I think the stats need to be looked over……. Because Mudge ain’t getting her credit Cmon guys. Just because she ain’t OG Weston. Stats is stats. They don’t lie

    • Per your request, I have pulled up the official team stats as listed on for Gracie Mudge.
      Year to date:
      9 ab / 4 hits/ .444 avg. / 1 RBI / 2RS/ 2BB / 1K / 3FC
      Game by game:
      Choudrant: 2AB / 1Hit / 1 K
      Downsville: 4AB / 2 hits / 1 RBI / 1RS / 2 FC
      Mangham: 2AB / 1 hit / 1RS
      Evangel: 1AB / 2BB / 1FC
      AB – at bat
      RBI – Run Batted In
      RS – Run Scored
      BB – Base on ball
      K – Strike Out
      FC – Fielders Choice

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