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Baseball: Airline clinches share of 1-5A title; Benton sweeps Northwood; Haughton sweeps Southwood

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The Airline Vikings clinched a share of the District 1-5A championship with a 10-1 victory over Evangel Christian on Saturday afternoon at Evangel.

The Vikings improved to 24-4 overall and 9-1 in district with two games left against Haughton. Byrd completed district play Saturday at 9-3 with a 6-2 victory over Captain Shreve.

Haughton completed a sweep of Southwood with a 6-4 victory at Haughton. The Bucs (17-10, 6-4) are in third place.

Airline swept Byrd in district play, but the LHSAA handbook states “If a district championship is tied, all tied teams shall share the championship honors and shall qualify for the state playoffs from that district.”

That means Airline must take one of two from Haughton to win the district title outright for the second straight year. Game 1 is Tuesday at Airline and Game 2 is Thursday at Haughton.

Elsewhere, Benton remained undefeated in District 1-4A with a 10-0, five-inning victory over Northwood at Benton. The Tigers swept the two-game series by identical scores.

Three-time defending district champion Benton (14-11, 7-0) has won six straight games. The Tigers visit Huntington Tuesday and then complete 1-4A play against Minden (13-9, 7-0) in a two-game series Thursday and Friday that will decide the district title.

Bossier picked up a 12-11 District 1-4A victory over Huntington Friday. Also, Airline blanked North Caddo 6-0 in a non-district game.

At Evangel, Airline left-hander Cameron Taylor allowed just two hits and struck out nine in five innings to improve to 6-0.

Recent Northwestern State signee Peyton Davis went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Austin Zickefoose went 2-for-2, including a double, and had three RBI. Chase Hodges had two hits in three at-bats and an RBI.

Airline got off to a fast start, scoring four in the first.

Hayden Waxley led off with a walk. Jonathan Brandon and Davis followed with a single and double, respectively. Zickefoose scored Brandon and Davis with a double to make it 3-0. Hodges drove in the last run with a single to center field.

The Vikings swept the two-game series, winning Game 1 4-3 Thursday night.

At Haughton, Reid Wilson had two doubles in three at-bats to lead the Bucs at the plate. Tyler Davis went 2-for-3. Triston Carmack had a run-scoring double.

Austin Clemmens, who allowed three hits and one earned run in 4 1/3 innings of relief, got the win.

Haughton trailed 1-0 through 3.5 innings, but the Bucs took control with four in the bottom of the fourth and then added one in the fifth and sixth.

Andrew Sewell led off the fourth with a single and Wilson followed with a double. Sewell was able to score from first to make it 1-1.

Clemmens layed down a perfect bunt. Wilson advanced to third and scored on Carmack’s groundball fielder’s choice to shortstop. Carmack stole second and advanced to third on Jeremiah Wilson’s bunt single. Carmack scored and Wilson moved to second on a balk.

Wilson stole third and scored on Sam Herren’s groundout to third to make it 4-1.

Davis led off the fifth with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a balk and scored on Sewell’s sacrifice fly.

Colby Holmes led off the sixth with a walk. Jeremiah Wilson, running for Holmes, advanced to third on Cameron Hadley’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch.

Southwood rallied with three runs in the seventh and had the bases loaded with one out, but Carmack came in and struck out the final two batters to preserve the win.

The Buc won Game 1 12-7 Thursday night.

At Benton, Jackson Rutledge pitched a five-inning one-hitter with six strikeouts against Northwood. Sam Simmons went 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Wade Grubbs’ bases loaded double in Benton’s six-run fifth ended the game.

Tanner Craft, Simmons and Conner Jack Smith all had singles in the fifth. Coleman Nerren walked with the bases loaded and Cody Norris brought in a run with a sacrifice fly.

In Friday’s victory, Taylor Ward went 3-for-4. Garrett Hable went 2-for-2 with a double. Nerren had two hits and two RBI. Simmons also had two hits. Craft had an RBI double.

Craft pitched a five-inning one-hitter with eight strikeouts.

Friday, Brent Wroblewski went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead Bossier against Huntington. Chase Bounds also had two hits. Derrick Jones got the win.

The Bearkats (10-12, 3-4) trailed 11-6 after six but scored six in the bottom of the seventh to win it.

Jarrett Bamburg went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to lead Airline against North Caddo. Matt Brown allowed just two hits in six innings and struck out seven.

NOTE: The above report is based on box scores and play-by-plays on teams’ GameChanger accounts and information received from coaches.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com