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June 6, 2014

Enterprise claims win over Quitman in State Games

CLARKDALE — Three Quitman High School errors and three walks led to seven first inning runs for Enterprise High School, as the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 7-1 advantage after one, cruising to a 10-1 win in an opening-day matchup of the 2014 State Games at Clarkdale High School Thursday.

 "We just want to play a lot of kids in these games," Enterprise coach John Welch said. "We've moved some kids around from different positions because of graduation. Some guys are getting the opportunity to play some different positions and see what they can do."

Freshman-to-be pitchers, Zach Brewster and Noah Smith, combined to toss a two-hitter for Enterprise while striking out nine batters.

"They have a chance to be pretty good," Welch said. "We just wanted to give them some experience this summer and let them throw some innings. They did pretty well today."

For Enterprise, Cole Shirley, Zack Parker and Landon Keely all produced run-scoring base hits. Additionally, Reece Williams contributed with a RBI double.

"(The Summer Games) is great because it gives us something to go on when we come back next spring," Welch said.

For Quitman first year coach Brian Goodman, the Summer Games provides an avenue for evaluation as the Panthers head man is just weeks into his new role.

"We're just trying to find guys that can play different positions," he said. "We threw quite a few pitchers (Thursday). I think we lost five pitchers from last year's team. So we're just trying to find guys that can play different positions and who can throw on the mound.

"I see a lot of improvements we can make. There's some little mistakes that we made that we'll get corrected before the season starts next year."

Quitman was led offensively by sophomore-to-be Brijuan Dace who laced a single and stole two bases before eventually scoring on a wild pitch. Additionally, senior-to-be Carey Horn notched a base hit, stole a base and scored a run.

"I want to see the kids play hard," Goodman said. "We want to see them play different positions and see what they are capable of handling."

The Panthers will square off against host Clarkdale at 4 p.m, while the Bulldogs play Puckett High school at 1 p.m. Friday.

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