Quitman baseball clinches tie for 1B title

Quitman High School scored runs in four of the five innings played including nine in the top of the third that blew the 12-1 victory over Doyline wide open and clinched a tie for  first place in District 1B. With the victory Quitman ran it’s overall record to 10-12 and 5-1 in district 1B to earn the tie with Weston for the top spot. Doyline fell to 7-16 overall and 2-4 in 1B play.

After squeaking by with a 1-0 win just two days before, the Wolverines were in another tight battle with Doyline as the score was tied at 1-1 after both teams had batted twice.

Then the Wolverines sent 12 batters to the plate with nine scoring runs, highlighted by Logan Ponder hitting the first home run for the team this year. The big inning started with Maddox Duck drawing a walk and Ponder reaching on an error. Cam Deal followed with a single and Blake Carter drove in a run by taking one for the team. Rilay Duck and Ian Tilley drew walks to plate a run each setting up Carter scoring on a passed ball and Tilley scoring on a line shot to left by Kace West.

With two outs John Reagan Hasley lashed a double to left and later scored on a passed ball. Maddox Duck then walked for the second time in the inning setting up Ponder’s bomb over the left field fence that gave Quitman a 10-1 lead and for all intensive purposes ended the game.

Ponder also got another hit, scored three runs and stole a base while Cam Deal chipped in with two hits, including a double, but it was his play in centerfield that was the talk following the game. Three times Deal backed up Ponder’s five hit performance on the mound by making remarkable, highlight reel, catches to ruin any hopes Doyline had to make a rally.

Carter stole two bases, scored two runs and knocked in a pair as did West who also scored. Maddox Duck also scored a pair of runs and had an RBI while Riley Duck and Ian Tilley, who also scored once, knocked in a run each. Bryan Lay also scored a run and stole a base for the Wolverines. 

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Quitman (10-12, 5-1) 1 0 9 1 1 12 7 0
Doyline (7-16, 2-4) 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
WP – Ponder (2-3), LP – Bates
2B – Deal, Hasley
HR – Ponder
RBI – Ponder 2, Carter 2, West 2, R. Duck, Tilley, M. Duck
RS – Ponder 3, Carter 2, M. Duck 2, Deal, Tilley, West, Hasley, Lay
SB – Carter 2, Lay, Duck, Ponder.

Wolverines fall in ten innings to North DeSoto

One game after the Wolverines hit their first “round tripper” of the year, Quitman had a delay in making the trip back home. The reason was pushing North DeSoto, the #5 ranked team in Division II, to 10 innings before falling in a 9-8 thriller.

Three times Quitman took a lead, including a one run advantage in the top of the 7th inning and again in the top of the 10th only to fall victim to a two out, walk off single that scored two runs. 

After spotting the 23-5 Griffins to a 2-0 lead after one inning of play, Quitman responded by scoring three in their half of the second following two errors, a walk and two-out singles by Cam Deal and Blake Carter. 

North DeSoto rallied to take a 6-4 lead after six innings but the Wolverines scored three in the top of the seventh to take what looked like a monumental upset. Walks by Deal and Carter followed by singles from Riley Duck and Ian Tilley and a fielder choice groundout by Kace West tied the score at six each. Hudson Pullig then followed with a groundout to score Duck and give Quitman the lead. 

Three walks and an error allowed North DeSoto to tie the game again in the bottom half of the inning but Tilley gunned down the runner trying to advance to third on a flyout to get Quitman out of the jam and keep the score even.

Once again Quitman went ahead in the top of the tenth when Deal singled and scored when Carter slapped a shot to centerfield that was misplayed. Another single by Tilley advanced Carter to third with one out but that was where he ended up after North DeSoto struck out the next two batters.  

Quitman quickly got two out in the bottom of the seventh sandwiching a single before another single and a passed ball put runners on second and third, leading to the single that ended the contest. 

The Wolverines reached base a season high 26 times in the contest through 10 hits, 10 walks and six North DeSoto errors but left 13 runners stranded on base and had three thrown out on the base paths. 

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Quitman (10-13) 0 3 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 8 10 1
North DeSoto (23-5) 2 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 9 9 6
WP – Cory, LP – Carter (4-2)
RBI – Deal 2, Tilley, West, Pullig
RS – Deal 2, Hasley 2, Ponder, R. Duck, Tilley, West
SB – Tilley

Lady Wolverines end season with pair of shut out wins

If you don’t allow any runs you can’t lose. Quitman closed out one of the best regular seasons in school history in grand style by shutting out Class 5A Haughton 5-0 and then celebrating Senior Night one day later with an 11-0 victory over Calvin. The pair of impressive wins give the Lady Wolverines a 26-5 record and solidifies their  #2 ranking in Division V, ensuring Quitman of home playoff games all the way to the state tournament if they continue to advance in the postseason. 

Quitman 5 Haughton 0 (Monday): Cali Deal struck out 12 and gave up only meaningless singles in the first, fourth and sixth innings to the Class 5A Buccaneers and for good measure hit her 11th home run of the year, knocked in a two runs, scored a run and got hit by a pitch. Madison Chaplin also got two hits that included her career high, fourth “round tripper” of the year, knocked in a pair and scored a run as the two went back-to-back in the third inning to give Quitman a 3-0 advantage. Hallie Kate Pullig and Skylar Hall got a hit and scored a run while Karley Huckaby scored a run and Maddie Kaye Brymer, Madeline Vail and Averie Williams all got a hit each. 

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Quitman (25-5) 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 5 9 1
Haughton (15-10) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
WP – Deal (17-1), LP – Schut
HR – Deal, Chaplin
RBI – Deal 2, Chaplin 2
RS – Deal, Chaplin, Huckaby, Hall, Pullig

Quitman 11 Calvin 0 (Tuesday) Before the contest Maddie Kaye Brymer, Madeline Vail, Averie Williams and Skylar Hall were honored on Senior Night after outstanding careers but it was the underclassmen that made sure they went out in grand style.

Sensational sophomore, Cali Deal, made sure that Calvin would not ruin the celebration by not allowing a hit for the third time this season. With her second straight game of striking out 12 batters it marked the fourth time in a row that Deal has recorded double digits in K’s. The 18-1 record she has compiled is second in the state for wins and winning percentage according to MaxPreps. com while compiling an 18-1 record, which her 228 strikeouts is fifth in the state as is her miniscule 1.59 ERA.

You only had to look at the top three in the lineup to find the catalyst of the offensive explosion that blasted Calvin pitching for 15 hits that included six doubles. It started at the top with lead off batter Madison Chaplin who went 3/3 with a a double, knocked in three runs and scored two.

The perfect plate effort continued the red hot finish for Chaplin who over the last four games has raised her batting average from .459 to .484 by collecting 8 hits in 13 at bats. This includes two doubles, a triple and a home run, while driving in five and scoring seven runs that pushes her total for the year to 53 which according to MaxPreps.com ranks in a tie for 6th in the nation, third in the state and tops in Class B.

Deal also continued her late season surge on offense with a season best three doubles that gives her a team and Jackson Parish 12 “two-baggers” on the year to go along with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. In the last six games, the super sophomore has recorded 13 hits in 22 at bats that has jumped her batting average from .455 to .484, while adding four doubles, a triple and five home runs.  

Then there is Maggie Guyotte, who concluded what is believed to be the greatest offensive single season in Jackson Parish history.  The fantastic freshman also went 3/3 in the contest with a double, that pushed her batting average to an outstanding .602 for the year. Despite teams pitching around her over the last six games, Guyotte still finished second in the state with 20 home runs and tops in the nation among 9th graders. Her 56 RBI is also 2nd in the state and fifth in the nation while also leading her class. The .602 batting average also ranks third in the state. 

Contributing to the victory was seventh grader Hallie Kate Pullig who had two hits, including a double and scored two runs and seniors Bymer (RBI), Vail (RS), Williams (RBI, RS) and Hall (RS). AJ Gray also scored three runs to round out the scoring.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Calvin (14-15) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Quitman (26-5) 3 3 3 2 x 11 15 0
WP – Deal (18-1), LP – Martin
2B – Deal 3, Chaplin, Guyotte, Pullig
RBI – Deal 3, Chaplin 3, Guyotte 2, Brymer, Williams
RS – Gray 3, Chaplin 2, Pullig 2, Guyotte, Vail, Williams, Hall

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