Maggie Guyotte, Karley Huckaby, and Cali Deal all homered in the top of the sixth inning to lift Quitman to a stunning 9-7 victory over Class 5A Airline High School. The victory snapped a four-game slide by the Lady Wolverines who improved to 2-4 on the year and ended a four-game winning streak for the Lady Vikings who fell to 7-3 on the season.
With Airline leading 3-1 after five innings of play, Guyotte opened the top of the sixth by lining a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence to close the gap to one. A walk to Maddie Brymer and a Madeline Vail single followed. Huckabee then put Quitman ahead 5-3 when she blasted a clutch two-out, three-run shot to right. Marley Bell then drew a walk and Madison Chaplin got hit by a pitch setting up a Cali Deal smash to left for the third dinger of the inning to put Quitman up 8-3.
Back-to-back errors by the Lady Wolverines followed by three straight two-out hits by Airline, which included a two-run triple narrowed the margin to 8-7. Quitman got an insurance run when Skylar Hall scored on a two-out Airline error.
In her first game back after missing three over the past weekend due to an injured foot, Deal struck out nine and gave up only one earned run to gain her second victory of the season.
2B – Chaplin
HR – Guyotte, Huckaby, Deal
RBI – Huckaby 3, Deal 3, Guyotte, Chaplin
RS – Huckaby 2, Chaplin, Deal, Guyotte, Leach, Vail, Hall, Bell
Losing skid reaches four straight for the Wolves
The early season “Murderer’s Row” of higher classification, highly ranked teams that Weston has faced has led to two more losses, albeit close defeats. On Monday the Wolves fell 6-3 to D’Arbonne Woods, ranked 9th among “select” Division III schools, followed by a narrow 5-3 loss to Class 5A Natchitoches Central on Tuesday, who boasts a 5-1 record and is ranked #7 in Division I “non-select” poll.
DWC 6 Weston 3: Both teams got 8 hits on the day but a sixth run fourth inning reversed an early 2-0 Weston lead. Colton Blundell, Tait Henderson, and Cole Tolar, whose double was the only extra-base hit for the Wolves, all got two hits on the day. Cooper Delaney, who absorbed the loss on the mound, got a hit as did Layton Garrett. Blaine Graham, Blundell, and Sawyer Watkins, who walked twice score the Wolves runs. Henderson, who reached base in all four at-bats knocked in a pair of runs.
2B – Tolar
RBI – Henderson 2, Delaney
RS – Blundell, Watkins, Graham
Natchitoches-Central 5 Weston 3: Cooper Delaney, Tait Henderson and Braden Theriot all drove in runs in Weston’s three run sixth inning but single runs by in five of the six innings Natchitoches Central came to bat was to much to overcome. Bryce Zehr got two of Weston’s five singles in the game and scored as did Blaine Graham and Tait Henderson. Tayt Culpepper allowed only three hits and struck out five but absorbed the loss for the Wolves to fall to 1-1 on the year.
RBI – Theriot, Delaney, Browning
RS – Zehr, Graham, Henderson
SB – Graham
Lady Tigers fall to Union
Pam Cribbs scored in the top of the first to give JHHS their first lead of the year. Alaina Ashcraft followed with a run in the second and both Zoie Anderson and Alivia Anderson scored runs in the third. It was far from enough though as Union scored 12 in the first and 8 more in the second to take a 20-4 victory. The Lady Farmers improved to 3-1 on the year, while JHHS fell to 0-2.
Weekends are made for tournaments. At least that is the case for Quitman and Weston, who hope that their baseball and softball games this Thursday thru Saturday are more favorable than those of last weekend.
In baseball, the Wolves will play in the Altick Tourney with games, slated for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A contest against Crossett High on the Ouachita High field gets things started at 7:00pm on March 2nd followed by a 5:30 pm Friday matchup against Stanley at Cedar Creek and playing Cedar Creek on their home field at 5:30pm on Saturday. Quitman will play in the Grant Tourney with opponents and game times are to be announced.
The Lady Wolverines travel south to take part in the Acadiana Tourney where they will play Eunice on Friday at 6:30pm and then take on Opelousas Catholic at 11:00am and Holden at 3:00pm on Saturday. Weston will host D’Arbonne Woods at 3:30 pm on Thursday at the JPRD and then travel to Choudrant to play in their tourney Friday and Saturday with games and times to be announced. Jonesboro-Hodge plays a single game at Montgomery with the first place scheduled for 5:30pm on Thursday.