Eagles have no mercy in win over Many, 14-0

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

SULPHUR – The top-ranked Rosepine Eagles left absolutely no room four doubt.

The Eagles pounded out 12 hits in a five-inning, 14-0 triumph over the No. 5 Many Tigers in the Class 2A semifinals on Wednesday at McMurry Park in Sulphur.

The barrage began in the first inning for the Eagles and it didn’t let up as they scored at least two runs in each of the first four innings.

It all began with Braden Trull on the mound. He retired the side in order in the first inning, bringing the Eagles to the plate for the first time.

Jake Smith tripled to deep centerfield and scored on a single off the bat of Logan Calcote for a 1-0 lead. Calcote took second when Grant Ducote was hit by a pitch and the bases were later loaded when Trull legged out a single.

Calcote scored on a sacrifice fly by Dalton Keel and Cole Donahue followed with an RBI-single for a 3-0 lead. A little later, Aden Cline smacked a 2-run single down the left field line to open up a 5-0 lead.

The lead grew to 7-0 in the bottom of the second. Ducote doubled to left center and scored when LSU signee Ethan Frey absolutely crushed a Jack Deville offering well over the wall in the power alley.

Smith added a 2-run blast in the third, while Calcote and Ducote both scored as Rosepine opened up an 11-0 cushion.

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Rosepine outfielder Aden Cline had a pair of hits and three RBIs in leading the Eagles to an easy Class 2A semifinal win over the Many Tigers on Wednesday at McMurry Park in Sulphur.

Three more runs in the fourth sealed the deal for Rosepine as Cline drove in a run with a single and Smith added a 2-run double for the final margin of victory.

Trull threw only 52 pitches in four innings to earn the win on the mound. He gave up just one hit and struck out four. Casey Tilley worked the final inning, giving up no runs on one hit with a strikeout.

Smith was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a home run, along with four RBIs, while Cline was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Donahue also had a pair of hits, including a double, and an RBI. Frey’s lone hit was a homer and he drove in two runs.

Deville suffered the loss for the Tigers, lasting only one and a third innings. J.C. Hendrickson and Trevor McLendon each had a hit for the Tigers.

Pirates claim second straight Class C state title

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

SULPHUR – Baseball games aren’t won or lost in the first inning.

But sometimes a play or two makes a huge difference.

Photo courtesy of SHARON FONTENOT/Rpma Pics
Hicks first baseman Connor Helton had a huge 3-run triple to open the scoring for the Pirates in the first inning of their 9-0 victory over the Hornbeck Hornets on Friday in the Class C championship game.

Instead of escaping the first inning with a double play ball, the Hornbeck Hornets watched Hicks score four runs, leading the third-ranked Pirates to a 9-0 victory over the No. 4 Hornets in the Class C state championship game at McMurry Park early Friday afternoon.

With the victory, the Pirates claimed their second straight Class C state title as they will embark to Class B next season.

Hornbeck opened the game with a Jaren Mitcham double and he reached third, but was stranded their as Hicks starter Zach Haymon got out of the inning with a strikeout and a lineout.

It appeared as if the Pirates were going to go scoreless in the bottom of the frame. After loading the bases with a double from title game Most Outstanding Player Aiden Coffman and a single by Haymon, along with Brad Pelt being hit by a pitch.

With Connor Helton at bat, it appeared as if he hit the ball to Hornbeck starter JoJo Weeks, who flipped the ball home for one out, with Mitcham firing to Tristen Welch at first for the double play.

However, the ball was ruled foul and Helton blasted the next pitch he saw to deep left center for a 3-run double and a 3-0 Hicks lead. Helton later scored on a single from Hayden Doyle, allowing Hicks to take a 4-0 advantage.

The Hornets managed to load the bases in the second inning, but a defensive play by Dakota Edwards off a Mitcham grounder ended the threat.

Hicks pushed three runs across in the bottom of the second as Pelt had an RBI-single, as did Edwards. Helton also drove in a run with a hit to push the lead to 7-0.

The Pirates added some insurance runs in the fourth and sixth innings to seal the deal.

Photo courtesy of SHARON FONTENOT/Roma PicsThe Hicks Pirates defeated the Hornbeck Hornets on Friday in the Class C finals at McMurry Park in Sulphur, 9-0, to capture a second straight state championship.

Haymon worked six and a third innings, giving up no runs on five hits with nine strikeouts, while Pelt closed the game with back-to-back outs.

Coffman was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of doubles, while Helton had a triple, a single and three RBIs. Haymon also had three hits and an RBI.

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The Hornbeck Hornets fell to the Hicks Pirates on Friday in the Class C finals at McMurry Park in Sulphur, 9-0, claiming the runner-up crown for a second straight season.

Weeks suffered the loss, going the distance for Hornbeck, giving up nine runs on 11 hits. Cole Richardson had a pair of hits to lead the Hornets offensively.

Photo courtesy of SHARON FONTENOT/Roma Pics
Hicks catcher Aiden Coffman claimed the Class C Most Outstanding Player in the Class C title game as he had three hits and three runs scored as he guided the PIrates to a 9-0 win over rival Hornbeck. Pictured with Coffman is LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine.

Indians fall in extra innings to defending champ Choudrant, 5-4

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

SULPHUR – Don’t tell the No. 11 Anacoco Indians they are too young to make the state baseball tournament.

Don’t tell them they don’t belong. Don’t tell them they don’t know what they are getting into.

The Indians, which started a quintet of junior high school players in their lineup, had the Class B defending champion and second-seeded Choudrant Aggies on the ropes only to fall in the bottom of the eighth inning of the state semifinals at McMurry Park in Sulphur on Wednesday, 5-4.

The Indians worked their way out to an early 3-1 lead, scoring all three of the runs in the second inning. After falling behind after one inning of play, Kaleb Goodwin was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to second on a single by Trey Lewing. Xzavier Matthews loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch.

Goodwin scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Landon Goodwin and Caleb Taylor singled to load the bases again.

Anacoco took the lead when Chase Taylor singled to center, allowing both Kaleb Goodwin and Matthews to score, pushing the Indian advantage to 3-1.

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Anacoco first baseman Chase Taylor had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs as he led the 11th-seeded Indians in a 5-4 extra-inning loss to the second-ranked Choudrant Aggies in the Class B semifinals on Wednesday in Sulphur, 5-4.

Choudrant managed to battle back in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs off of a 2-run double by Jackson Case, knotting the game at 3-3.

The game remained tied until the top of the seventh inning when Anacoco pushed a run across. Chase Taylor doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Reid Rodriguez, giving Anacoco a 4-3 lead.

But once again, Choudrant responded with a run in the bottom of the frame. Kaden Bradshaw tripled and later scored to tie things up at 4-4.

After Anacoco was retired in the top of the eighth, the Aggies managed to score off of a couple of Indian errors to escape with the win.

Chase Taylor took the loss despite not giving up a hit in two-thirds of an inning. Rodriguez worked the first seven innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts.

Taylor was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, while Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Bryce McQuire worked five innings to get the win, giving up one run on five hits with four strikeouts. Gavin Murphy had two hits and an RBI, while Bradshaw had two hits, including a triple with a run scored. Case added a double and two RBIs for the Aggies.

Eagles cap historic season with second straight Class 2A crown

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

SULPHUR – A dominating season ended in dominating fashion.

Senior Ethan Frey struck out eight batters and drove in four runs in leading the top-ranked Rosepine Eagles to an 11-0 triumph over the Cinderella No. 11 Doyle Tigers in the Class 2A finals Friday at McMurry Park in Sulphur.

With the victory, the Eagles end the season with a record of 34-2, winning their last 30 games consecutively.

The Eagles wasted little time getting on the board, scoring twice in the bottom of the first. Jake Smith led off with a walk, took second base and then reached third on a bunt single by Logan Calcote.

Grant Ducote loaded the bases by drawing a walk, bringing Frey to the plate. Frey smacked a hard shot up the middle of the infield, which was mishandled by Jace Ware, allowing Calcote to round third and score following Smith crossing the plate, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers responded with a triple off the bat of Braden McLin to the deepest part of the park. However, McLin was stranded at third as Frey struck out two batters and induced a groundout to end the frame.

The Eagles scored four more times in the bottom of the third as Frey had a 3-run double, while Braden Trull doubled in courtesy runner Lane Willis, giving Rosepine a 6-0 cushion.

After working a quick fourth, the Eagles were able to tag five more runs to the total in the bottom of the fourth, which was started with an inside-the-park home run by Smith for a 7-0 lead.

Cole Donahue added a 2-run single in the frame, while Aden Cline drove in a run as Rosepine moved out to an 11-0 lead.

Frey and the Eagle defense did the rest in the top of the fifth as Frey forced a flyout, strikeout and a groundout to give Rosepine its second state championship in a row.

Frey, the title game Most Outstanding Player for a second year in a row, tossed a 1-hitter in his final game as an Eagle, while also driving in four runs.  Trull was the only Eagle with multiple hits as he was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Smith and Calcote each scored three runs in the win.

Caiden Barcia suffered the loss for the Tigers, although the lefty struck out five batters. McLin had the lone hit for the Tigers, as they only had two baserunners in the game, the other being Barcia, who was thrown out attempting to steal by Trull in the fourth.

Hornbeck returning to state finals, tops Simpson

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

SULPHUR – All the Hornbeck Hornets needed was one.

But Devyn Sharp got them two.

Sharp was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and the Hornbeck defense did the rest as they knocked off No. 9 Simpson on Wednesday morning at McMurry Park in the Class C state semifinals, 2-0.

With the victory, the Hornets now await the winner between Hicks and Calvin.

After a couple of scoreless innings where both teams stranded a pair of runners, the fourth-seeded Hornets got things going in the bottom of the third. With one out, Parker Alexander doubled to left field and later scored on a Sharp RBI-single, scoring Alexander for a 1-0 lead.

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Hornbeck senior Devyn Sharp drove in the only two runs of the game as he went 2-for-3 in leading the fourth-seeded Hornets past district rival and No. 9 Simpson on Wednesday in the Class C semifinals, 2-0.

The score remained that way until the bottom of the fifth when Jaren Mitcham singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and easily scored on an RBI-double off of Sharp’s bat for a 2-0 lead.

Simpson had one last opportunity in the seventh as the Broncos loaded the bases, but Addison retired Chase Taylor on a strikeout to complete his two-hitter.

Addison struck out 10 batters and gave up no runs on two hits. Sharp was the lone Hornet with multiple hits and drove in both runs. Alexander and Sharp each had doubles, while Mitcham had a hit and a run scored,

Ethan Nash suffered the loss, giving up two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts. Tristin Williams doubled for the Broncos, while Justus Crooks had the other hit.

Pirates dominate Calvin to advance to Class C title game

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

SULPHUR – Baseball games can’t be won in the first inning. 

But the Hicks Pirates weren’t about to lose it either.

The third-seeded Pirates scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in blasting the second-ranked Calvin Cougars in the Class C semifinals at McMurry Park in Sulphur on Wednesday, 11-1.

Calvin starter Dylan Kyle was shelled in the top of the first by the aggressive bats of the Pirates. Bryson Rachal reached on a 1-out error and took second on a stolen base. He managed to score off a single from Zach Haymon to open the scoring.

Brad Pelt followed with a single to put runners at the corners and Dakota Edwards would reach on an error to score two runs for a 3-0 lead.

Hayden Doyle was hit by a pitch and both he and Edwards scored on a 2-run single off the bat of Cayden Cowgill for a 5-0 lead.

After a scoreless inning, the Pirates pushed a run across in the third when Edwards walked and later scored on a single from Kane Hagan for a 6-0 lead.

Hicks’ lead continued to grow with three more runs in the fourth. Rachal doubled to open the inning and scored on a single from Pelt. After a single from Edwards gave Hicks two runners, Doyle smacked a 2-run double to give Hicks a 9-0 advantage.

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Hicks centerfielder Bryson Rachal (1) slides in safely on the steal during the Pirates’ 11-1 win over the Calvin Cougars on Wednesday in the Class C semifinals in Sulphur

Calvin pushed a run across in the fourth, but Hicks answered with two more in the fifth thanks to RBIs from Rachal and Haymon for an 11-1 lead.

The Cougars had a chance to extend the game in the bottom of the frame, but stranded a runner at third to give Hicks the mercy-rule victory.

Doyle earned the win on the mound for the Pirates, throwing only 42 pitches through four innings of work. He gave up one run on seven hits with four strikeouts. Haymon worked the last inning, allowing no runs on two hits.

Kyle suffered the loss for the Cougars on the mound, working just over two innings, giving up six runs. Cooper Spangler, John Bradley Griffin and Wayne Curtis Huckaby each had two hits for Calvin.

Indians fall in extra innings to defending champ Choudrant, 5-4

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

SULPHUR – Don’t tell the No. 11 Anacoco Indians they are too young to make the state baseball tournament.

Don’t tell them they don’t belong. Don’t tell them they don’t know what they are getting into.

Photo courtesy of SAMANTHA GOODWIN
Anacoco first baseman Chase Taylor had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs as he led the 11th-seeded Indians in a 5-4 extra-inning loss to the second-ranked Choudrant Aggies in the Class B semifinals on Wednesday in Sulphur, 5-4.

The Indians, which started a quintet of junior high school players in their lineup, had the Class B defending champion and second-seeded Choudrant Aggies on the ropes only to fall in the bottom of the eighth inning of the state semifinals at McMurry Park in Sulphur on Wednesday, 5-4.

The Indians worked their way out to an early 3-1 lead, scoring all three of the runs in the second inning. After falling behind after one inning of play, Kaleb Goodwin was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to second on a single by Trey Lewing. Xzavier Matthews loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch.

Goodwin scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Landon Goodwin and Caleb Taylor singled to load the bases again.

Anacoco took the lead when Chase Taylor singled to center, allowing both Kaleb Goodwin and Matthews to score, pushing the Indian advantage to 3-1.

Choudrant managed to battle back in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs off of a 2-run double by Jackson Case, knotting the game at 3-3.

The game remained tied until the top of the seventh inning when Anacoco pushed a run across. Chase Taylor doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Reid Rodriguez, giving Anacoco a 4-3 lead.

But once again, Choudrant responded with a run in the bottom of the frame. Kaden Bradshaw tripled and later scored to tie things up at 4-4.

After Anacoco was retired in the top of the eighth, the Aggies managed to score off of a couple of Indian errors to escape with the win.

Chase Taylor took the loss despite not giving up a hit in two-thirds of an inning. Rodriguez worked the first seven innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts.

Taylor was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, while Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Bryce McQuire worked five innings to get the win, giving up one run on five hits with four strikeouts. Gavin Murphy had two hits and an RBI, while Bradshaw had two hits, including a triplek with a run scored. Case added a double and two RBIs for the Aggies.

Lady Cats claim state runner-up; Haug, Robinson win titles

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

MONROE – It was a performance to remember.

After falling short just a season ago, Leesville senior Seth Haug was determined to come back and make an impact.

He did just that.

Haug lifted a total of 1,315 pounds to edge out Bolton’s Burt Bullitts by five pounds to win the 242 weight class in the Division II State Powerlifting Championships held last weekend at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the campus of Louisiana-Monroe.

Haug was the lone Wampus Cat to make the podium as he claimed the gold in his division. However, the Lady Cats not only brought home a state runner-up trophy for a second straight year, but they also had five lifters make the podium as Chloe Robinson was a state champion in the 181-pound class, while Celine Chavez, Rebecca Fournier, Lyasia Holloway and Rylei Taylor were all runners-up in their respective divisions.

As a team, the Lady Cats racked up 35 points in the meet, finishing just three points behind state champion Tioga, which finished with 38 points.

Courtesy Photos by TARA BEEBE Leesville senior Seth Haug is a picture of concentration and grit as he prepares to power up the bar during the squat competition at the state powerlifting championships last weekend in Monroe. Haug won the 242-pound class in the Division II meet. The Leesville Lady Cats, sparked by a gold medal from Chloe Robinson and silvers from Rebecca Fournier, Celine Chavez, Lyasia Holloway and Rylei Taylor, claimed the Division II state runner-up trophy for a second straight year.

Robinson garnered first place in the 181-pound class with a total lift of 820 points. Fournier, competing at 105, lifted a total of 490 pounds for second place, while Chavez was the silver medalist in the 114 class with a total weight of 625 pounds.

Holloway was the runner-up in the 165 division with a total weight of 715 pounds, while Taylor rounded out the top finishers for Leesville with a total weight lifted of 750 pounds as she competed in the 220 division.

The Rosepine Eagles were also represented during the 3-day event in Monroe as they finished seventh as a team in the Division IV competition, which was won for a second straight year by the Many Tigers.

Tristen Nolen, Collin Gill and Jesse Parker all won bronze medals in the respective weight classes. Nolen lifted a total of 1,085 pounds to take third in the 148 class, while Gill hoisted a total of 1,250 pounds in the 275 class. Parker rounded out the Rosepine finishers by taking third in the superheavyweight division with a total of 1,230 pounds.

Photos courtesy of TARA BEEBE

Leesville senior Seth Haug is a picture of concentration and grit as he prepares to power up the bar during the squat competition at the state powerlifting championships last weekend in Monroe. Haug won the 242-pound class in the Division II meet. The Leesville Lady Cats, sparked by a gold medal from Chloe Robinson and silvers from Rebecca Fournier, Celine Chavez, Lyasia Holloway and Rylei Taylor, claimed the Division II state runner-up trophy for a second straight year.

FTCA Lady Patriots Claim State Runner-up

By DANIEL GREEN

BWS Sports

PINEVILLE – The game was there for the taking.

But those missed opportunities proved too much to overcome as the Faith Training Christian Academy Lady Patriots fell to the top-seeded Southwest Louisiana Homeschool Lady Knights on Saturday in the ACEL state championship game at H.O. West Fieldhouse on the campus of Louisiana Christian University, 46-38.

Photo by DANIEL GREEN
Faith Training junior guard Kylie Fleshman (32) drives the baseline during the third quarter of the Lady Patriots’ loss in overtime to Southwest Louisiana Homeschool at Louisiana Christian University in the ACEL championship, 46-38.

“We fought back hard to send it to overtime. It just got away from us at the end,” Faith Training Christian Academy head coach Walter Young said. “But I’m proud of our girls and how we battled back.”

This final was a rematch of last year’s outing, which FTCA won at Pineville High School. And if the opening moments of the contest were an indication of what was to come, then it would have been a repeat.

Faith Training jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Southwest closed out the first quarter on a 12-0 run to claim a 12-7 advantage.

The Lady Patriots battled back to tie things on a couple of occasions in the second period at 13-13, 15-15 and 17-17, before a basket by Nevaeh Clophus allowed Southwest to go into the locker room with a 19-17 advantage.

FTCA came out of the locker room fresh and took advantage of JoHana Clophus being on the bench in foul trouble. The Lady Patriots doubled up on SWLA in the third, 12-6, opening up a 29-25 lead going into the final frame of regulation.

Faith Training Christian Academy Lady Patriots (courtesy photo)

JoHana Clophus re-entered the game and connected on a three-pointer to get her team to within one and caused a turnover, which led to the Lady Knights opening up a 30-29 advantage.

Eventually, SWLA took a 36-33 lead with under two minutes to go in regulation and continued gunning from downtown. That allowed FTCA to get the ball down the court, where Keira Henry was fouled. 

Henry connected on her first free throw, but missed the second. However, Julia Jenkins grabbed the rebound and put the ball in to tie the game at 36-36. Each team had a couple of possessions to close it out in regulation, but neither team converted, sending the game into the extra session.

Faith Training Christian Academy Lady Patriot head coach Walter Young was named as the ACEL Girls’ Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row. He was presented with his honor following the completion of the ACEL State Tournament Championships at Louisiana Christian University.(courtesy photo)

Both teams scored in the opening minute of overtime to be tied at 38-38. But a driving layup by Nevaeh Clophus, followed by back-to-back threes from the junior, sealed the game for the Lady Knights, 46-38.

Although Young wished the outcome would have been different, he was proud of his team and is already looking forward to next year.

“We lose two seniors in Jordan Jenkins and Emily Dobbins, so we will be looking for someone to step up for us and compete,” Young said. “But we will have some veteran players back that know what it is like to win one of these and lose one. And Southwest will be right there with us.”

Nevaeh Clophus scored 24 points for the Lady Knights, while sister JoHana Clophus came in with 11 points. Ava Loewer chipped in with seven points.

Jordan Jenkins paced the Lady Patriots with 16 points, while Henry contributed seven points. Julia Jenkins finished with six points.

Later in the evening, Young was named the ACEL Girls’ Coach of the Year, while Henry and Kylie Fleshman won first-team all-state recognition. Jordan and Julia Jenkins were second-team all-state.