Quitman and Weston had just about had enough of “tourney time” after both lost twice last weekend and the first game they played on Friday. After their final games of their respective tournaments though suddenly things don’t look so bad, especially since the two teams that the locals beat to snap their losing streaks are both in Class B and could be potential playoff foes.
Wolverines win first of year! You could see the progression in each game. After losing by five in the season opener, QHS fell by three and then by a single run in two straight. Now thanks to an Ian Tilley first inning triple and a complete game three hit shut out by John Reagan Hasley, the Wolverines finally got into the win column in their final game of the Grant Tournament.
What makes the victory all the more sweeter is that it came at the expense of former district nemesis and defending Class B state champion Choudrant. The much needed victory put an end to the four game slide Quitman had opened the season with and ended a three game win streak by the 6th ranked Aggies.
Tilley gave the Wolverines all the runs they would need when he line a shot to right and legged it to third setting up a Riley Duck grounder to third that was booted allowing Tilley to score. Nothing but goose eggs followed for both teams the rest of the way.
Maddox Duck got two hits for QHS with Braden Hobbs, Kace West and Cam Deal chipping in with singles. Logan Ponder drew a pair of walks and Brian Lay got hit by a pitch. Hasley was the key though, allowing only three singles in 81 efficient pitches for his first career victory.
3B – Tilley
RBI – R. Duck
Grant 4 Quitman 3: After spotting the Class 4A school a pair of two run leads the Wolverines fought back to leave the tying run on base. The loss marked the second straight one run defeat. Grant reached starter and loser Pete Simonelli for a pair of first inning runs but QHS cut the lead to one in the top of the second when Cam Deal doubled and eventually scored on a passed ball. The score was tied in the top of the fifth when John Reagan Hasley opened with single, moved to second on a Brian Lay bunt single and scored on Logan Ponder’s two out hit. Entering the top of the 7th inning, QHS was again behind by two but Lay reached on an error then stole second setting up Ponder’s second two out hit that scored one before a ground ball ended the rally.
2B – Deal
RBI – Ponder 2
SB – Lay, Tilley
Weston wins two of three at Altick Tourney
The closer the Wolves got to home the better the outcome. After falling 10-8 to a late rally by Crossett, AR in Monroe, Weston closed the tourney by blasting Class B foe Stanley 10-4 and then winning on a rally of their own against homestanding Cedar Creek in Ruston. The pair of victories snapped a five game losing streak and upped the Wolves record to 4-5 on the year.
Weston 8 Cedar Creek 7: Errant play and pitching by Cedar Creek was the catalyst for two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning that rallied the Wolves to victory. Blaine Graham reached on an error to start the decisive inning and advanced on a walk to Colton Blundell. Then with two outs Tait Henderson drew a walk and Braden Theriot got hit by a pitch to score Graham. Blundell then scored the winner on a wild pitch. Cedar Creek opened the bottom of the second by having a batter reach on an error but Henderson, who earned the win in 3.1 innings of relief, coaxed a double play ground out. Cooper Delaney then closed the door by snaring a grounder at first. Blundell scored three times and reached base four times on two hits and two walks to lead the Wolves offense. Delaney knocked in a run on a hit and two walks and Henderson chipped in with two hits, one being a double. Sawyer Watkins got a hit and knocked in a pair and both Bryce Zehr and Cole Tolar got a hit, walk and drove in a run. Theriot scored twice and drove in a run after getting plunked twice and drawing a walk. Drew Browning chipped in with a double and Graham scored a run.
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2B – Browning, Henderson
RBI – Watkins 2, Zehr, Theriot, Tolar, Delaney
SB – Delaney, Blundell, Graham
Weston 10 Stanley 4: The Wolves got five runs in the first and last at bats to take the easy victory over their Class B foe. Colton Blundell and Tait Henderson reached on errors, Braden Theriot walked and then Cooper Delaney doubled to give Weston a quick 2-0 advantage. Sawyer Watkins and Blaine Graham followed with singles and Drew Browning doubled to up the lead to 5-0. Stanley clawed back to within 5-3 before Browning opened the sixth with his second double of the day. Cole Tolar and Colton Blundell drew walks and both Bryce Zehr and Tait Henderson singled to up the lead to 7-3 before Weston made their first out. With two outs, Watkins reached on an error and after a balk scored a run, Graham singled to bring in Weston’s final run. Delaney drove in three and threw a complete game four hitter to pick up his second win of the year.
2B – Browning 2, Delaney, Watkins
RBI – Delaney 3, Watkins 2, Henderson, Graham, Browning
SB – Henderson
Crossett 10 Weston 8: An 8-2 lead turned into a 10-8 defeat after Crossett scored sixth in the fifth inning and two more in the bottom of the sixth. Five walks, two errors and a dropped third strike led to the meltdown. Weston took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second when Braden Theriot reached on an error and both Cooper Delaney and Sawyer Watkins hit singles to open the inning. Drew Browning knocked in a run on a ground out and Blaine Graham followed with a sac fly to center. After Crossett tied the score the Wolves went up by three following Drew Browning being safe on an error, and Graham and Henderson sandwiching singles around a walk to Colton Blundell. The lead ballooned to 8-2 in the top of the fifth when Cole Tolar led off by getting plunked, Theriot singled, Delaney doubled. Browning singled for the final hit but was the hard luck loser after coming in with the scored tied 8-8 and falling victim to two Weston errors. The loss was the Wolves fifth straight.
2B – Delaney
RBI – Delaney 2, Browning 2, Henderson, Graham
SB – Graham
J-Hodge falls to Montgomery
Steps of improvement were made by the Tigers, albeit baby ones. The Tigers scored the most they have to date and made no errors but an 11 run fourth inning by Montgomery put the game out of reach. Eleven walks and six hit batters by a trio of Tiger hurlers proved fatal in the 19-2 loss. Trey Trosclair stole two bases and scored a run after getting walked and hit by a pitch. Waylon Evans also stole a base and scored a run, Dakota Knox got plunked and Pierce Ulloa got a hit for J-H.
RBI – Ulloa
SB – Trosclair 2, Tew, Evans
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