CARTHAGE — Javarian Roquemore had quite a memorable final baseball at Jim Reeves Memorial Field.

The Carthage senior baseball player threw a no-hitter as the Bulldogs secured no worse than a second place finish in District 17-4A and Carthage blew past Center 10-0 in a five-inning mercy rule game on Wednesday night.

Roquemore allowed no walks and struck out 11, added a two RBI double, and scored a run for good measure offensively.

“A great way to end it,” Roquemore said of his final home game. “A little bit of everything was working. Not to brag about it, but my curveball and off speed were really working.”

Carthage came into the game needing one victory on their final two games to lock up the district’s No. 2 seed. The Bulldogs didn’t give the Roughriders much hope of pulling the upset.

After Roquemore retired Center in order to start the game, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom half of the second inning with RBI singles by Connor Cuff and Todd Register.

The Bulldogs completely broke the game open scoring seven in the bottom of the third to take a commanding 10-0 lead after three.

“It starts with the guy on the mound, and (Roquemore) did a really good job throwing strikes,” Carthage Coach Jason Causey said. “He really had a feel for his breaking pitch tonight, and you can’t say enough. He threw a no-hitter on Senior Night.”

Cuff started the inning with a single before stealing second base. Register walked before Brooks Brewster hit an RBI double. Roquemore followed immediately after with a two-RBI double, and later in the inning younger brother Jakarrian Roquemore delivered an RBI single before Cuff would hit an RBI double.

Cuff led the way offensively, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and scoring three times.

“We came out and played really good, J-Roq obviously pitched really good,” Cuff said. “I think we did really good on offense, we saw the ball well and did us.”

Cuff has been on absolute tear as of late from the plate, having multiple hits in five-straight games.

“I’ve been practicing really hard and been seeing it really good,” Cuff said. “My approach is up the middle, and everything is working for me.”

Roquemore struck out the side in the top of the fourth, and with such a big cushion and the way Roquemore was pitching, Causey was able to sub in his other two seniors for some playing time.

Braden Taylor played two innings and got an at-bat, and Braeden Wade, who had only made one other appearance in the batters box this season, got an at-bat.

In total, Carthage finished with eight hits — but it was their approach that impressed Causey.

“We worked on staying back at the plate and letting the ball travel,” Causey said. “As you saw, we had a lot of base hits up the middle and in the gaps. We didn’t get real pull happy and put the balls in play, it was good.”

Noah Paddie singled and scored two runs, and Dillon Davenport singled and scored for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs were happy to send their seniors off one final time at home with a victory.

“It was a really great atmosphere tonight, and I’m really proud of our seniors,” Cuff said. “I’m going to miss them. It was fun to see everyone on the field having fun.”

Carthage will compete in the 4A Region III playoffs starting next week. Their opponents and locations will be announced Tuesday.

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Ryan Silapan joined the Panola Watchman in May of 2021 after previous stints with the Sequoyah County Times, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. He's in his 10th year as a sports writer and in his free time enjoys golf and watching pro wrestling.