With a little help from an unlikely source and a sweep of Captain Shreve, the Airline Vikings are atop the District 1-5A standings with one three-game series left.
Airline defeated Captain Shreve 5-2 Friday and 6-1 Saturday after beating the Gators 6-3 Thursday.
Byrd, which led Airline by a game going into the weekend, lost to last-place Southwood 6-3 Friday and 4-3 Saturday.
Parkway also remained in the hunt for the title with 5-2 and 7-4 victories over Haughton, taking the series two games to one.
Airline is 9-3 in district play, one game ahead of Byrd. Parkway is 7-5.
Airline and Parkway face off beginning Thursday, while Byrd takes on Haughton.
At Airline Friday, Peyton Davis went 3-for-4 to lead the Vikings (16-14). Will Goodwin had two hits and Hayden Waxley had two RBIs.
Kyle Backofen, who allowed five hits and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings, got the win.
At Shreve Saturday, Davis had two hits and two RBIs.
Cameron Taylor allowed just four hits and struck out four in 6 2-3 innings.
At Haughton Friday, Kyle Laverdiere led Parkway (15-16) with three hits and three RBIs.
Carson Vaughn had two hits, including a double. Hunter Knowles also had two hits.
Parkway starter Jon Koestner went 6 1-3 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs.
Haughton had opportunities but couldn’t get the big hit. The Bucs left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. Three errors also hurt Haughton.
At Parkway Saturday, the Panthers broke open a 1-1 game with six runs in the bottom of the fourth.
The Panthers got just two hits in the inning, singles by Laverdiere and Knowles. But they took advantage of numerous walks and Haughton miscues.
The Bucs actually outhit the Panthers 7-4.
Parkway starter Rob Harper scattered seven hits in six innings.
Sam Wallace had two hits for the Bucs (13-17, 5-7).