Cougars ride pitching by Thompson, Wade to 3-2 home win; prep roundup

Cedar Creek’s Jack Parks safely slides into second base on a stolen base he recorded during the Cougars’ home win over Delta Charter Tuesday evening. (Photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT/LPJ)

Staff writer

Cedar Creek’s baseball team notched a 3-2 triumph over district rival Delta Charter Tuesday evening, riding strong pitching by Ladd Thompson and Brady Wade.

The Cougars (11-9, 1-1) took the lead in the fourth on an RBI grounder by Zach Smith, then scored what was the eventual game-winner came in on an error in the fifth. The visitors pushed back in the sixth with a run produced by two Creek errors.

After halting the sixth-inning rally, Wade struck out the last two Storm batters in the seventh to earn the save. Thompson was the winning pitcher with a 5.1 inning performance in which 45 of his 73 tosses were strikes.

The Cougars continue their homestand at 6 p.m. Thursday against North Webster.

CHOUDRANT BASEBALL: The Aggies quieted Quitman to open the District 2-B season, posting a 13-1 road win over the Wolverines.

A four-run top of the first set the tone, and a six-run third sealed the deal for the 19th consecutive victory by Choudrant (22-3, 1-0). Quitman tried to stave off the run rule in the bottom of the fifth with two of its four singles, but Braden Jones put out the sparks before they flamed up.

Jones struck out eight Wolverines in his complete game outing.

Notching two hits each in Choudrant’s 11-hit attack were Brandon Carter, Landon Hennen, Bryce McGuire and Austin Swift, who collected a team-high four RBIs.

Carter’s double started the scoring before a Quitman error plated two runs. McGuire drilled a base hit to center for a 4-0 lead. Swift’s single in the third plated three of the Aggies’ six runs.

The teams meet again at 6 p.m. Thursday in Choudrant.

CHOUDRANT SOFTBALL: What’s more dominating than a nine-run first inning? A 16-0 lead after two.

That’s how the Lady Aggies smashed visiting Loyola College Prep Tuesday, finishing with a 17-2 slaughter in five innings. It was somewhat predictable, considering CHS blasted the Lady Flyers 15-4 on March 27 in Shreveport.
Choudrant (16-8) lashed 11 hits, six going for extra bases, and was helped by five Loyola errors, five walks and two hit-by-pitch baserunners. The Lady Aggies stole six bases, three by Holly Bennett.

Collecting two RBIs each were Zoey Smith, Tori Martin, Elissa Guillotte and Piper Bowen. Martin doubled twice. Bennett, Smith, Martin and Mattie Johnson each recorded a pair of hits.

In the circle, Trinity Richardson and Martin combined on a one-hitter for Choudrant.

SIMSBORO SOFTBALL: The Lady Tigers took a short drive north and rode home with a doubleheader sweep, posting 7-1 and 14-4 victories over Haynesville, getting a four-inning no-hitter in the opener from Carlei Wheeler.

Simsboro’s Lauryn Garrison led off the afternoon with an inside-the-park home run. Jacoya Lewis went 3-for-3 at the plate and stole two bases.

Wheeler struck out six. Haynesville scored on an error, two stolen bases and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in the second inning to close within 3-1, but SHS posted a three-run third to pad the lead.

A seven-run second inning allowed the Lady Tigers to take command in the second game.

Wheeler launched a three-run home run in the top of the first. Lewis and Garrison contributed run-scoring singles in the next inning as SHS pulled away from a 3-2 lead, helped by two walks, a passed ball, catcher’s interference and a hit batter all scoring runs.

Simsboro (14-11) hosts Ringgold in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m., then goes to Arcadia for a game at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

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