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Baseball: Haughton, Airline, Benton post district victories

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Russell Hedges
rhedges@bossierpress.com

The Haughton Buccaneers, Airline Vikings and Benton Tigers won district baseball games Thursday.
In District 1-5A, Haughton downed Parkway 5-2 and Airline defeated Captain Shreve 6-3.
In District 1-4A, Benton dropped Northwood 4-2. The Tigers (22-8, 9-1) can clinch a share of the district title with a victory over Loyola Saturday at Benton.
Airline (14-14, 7-3) remains a game behind Byrd in the 1-5A standings. The Vikings and Gators continue their series at 6 p.m. today at Airline. Game 3 is 2 p.m. Saturday at Shreve.
Cameron Taylor went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in Thursday’s Game 1 win at Shreve.
Dylan Elliott also had three hits. Tanner Daniel went 2-for-3 and Will Goodwin had two RBIs.
Andrew Maxey allowed six hits in 5 1-3 innings for the win.
At Parkway, Haughton’s David Rost allowed just three hits in five innings to pick up the win. Sam Wallace didn’t allow a run and struck out four in the final two innings.
Hunter Golden went 2-for-3 for the Bucs (13-15, 5-5). John Tomb and Bradley had a double and an RBI each.
Parkway starter Carson Vaughn allowed four hits and no earned runs in six innings, but the Panthers (13-16, 5-5) hurt their cause with numerous errors.
Game 2 of the series is 6 p.m. today at Haughton. The finale is 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkway.
At Benton, the Tigers scored  two runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie.
Peyton Leflett drove in the go-ahead run with a line drive single. Wade Grubbs’ bases-loaded single scored the second run of the inning.
Grubbs went 3-for-3 with a double. Taylor Ward had two hits.
Aaron Henigan pitched a five-hitter with 13 strikeouts.
Also Thursday, Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing’s Westin Bates pitched a five-inning no-hitter in the Lions’ 12-0 District 1-1A victory over Arcadia.
Bates, who struck out nine, had a perfect game going until a walk in the fifth.
Bossier dropped a District 1-3A doubleheader to North Webster.
Wednesday, Benton scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning in a 10-4 victory over Airline.
The Vikings led 1-0 through three innings, but the Tigers scored a run in the fourth to tie it.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers took advantage of Airline errors, walks and a hit-by-pitch. Cameron Horton had a two-run double. Jordan Shaffer led off the inning with a single. Thirteen Tigers batted in the inning.
Horton finished with two doubles and two RBIs. Jaret Gill went 2-for-3 with two doubles.
Shaffer allowed three hits and struck out 11 in 5 1-3 innings for the win.
Airline starter Cameron Taylor didn’t allow a hit in three innings and struck out five.
Tuesday at Parkway, the Panthers managed just two hits in a 9-1 non-district loss to North Webster.