Fast starts fuel routs for Ruston baseball, Choudrant softball

Ruston’s Joshua Miller went three-for-four at the plate for the Bearcats during Tuesday’s 15-1 win at Delhi Charter. (Photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT/LPJ)

Staff writer

Ruston’s Bearcats made sure their road trip to Delhi Charter was as quick as possible Tuesday, while the Choudrant softball team also took control quickly over visiting St. Mary’s.

RUSTON BASEBALL: The Bearcats scored 11 in the first two innings, five in the first, in a five-inning 15-3 non-district romp.

Joshua Miller went 3-for-4 and was among four Ruston hitters with two RBI.Jacob Martin, Isaac White and Cade Patterson also plated a pair.

Wade Crawford recorded four of the Bearcats’ 14 stolen bases. Haydn Shoemaker lashed an RBI triple in the five-run first and Patterson powered a two-run double to highlight the six-run second.

Pitchers Blaine Rollins and Bryant Simpson kept the losers in check.

The Bearcats (19-8) resume District 2-5A play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 5:30 at Pineville, then host the Rebels at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Ruston Sports Complex.

CHOUDRANT SOFTBALL: The Lady Aggies struck early Tuesday in an 11-4 win over visiting St. Mary’s, rolling up five runs in the bottom of the first and a 9-1 lead through three innings.

Tori Martin collected three RBI for Choudrant while Zoey Smith knocked three hits to pace a 10-hit collection for the winners.

Mattie Johnson and Grayson Pyland each had two RBI as the Lady Aggies ran their record to 17-10.

In the circle, Holly Bennett scattered four hits.

SIMSBORO BASEBALL: The Tigers were overwhelmed early on Monday in a visit to Mansfield as the Wolverines rolled 17-1, opening an 8-1 lead after two inning and running in nine in the fourth.

Simsboro (3-16) started well, with a leadoff single by Shamarian Brantley, who stole second and third and scored on an error. But the visitors managed only two more base hits afterward and committed five errors.

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