The Haughton Buccaneers scored six runs in the seventh inning to rally past the Airline Vikings 8-3 in a District 1-5A baseball game Tuesday evening at Airline.
Elsewhere in 1-5A, Captain Shreve clinched a share of the district title with an 11-1 victory over Southwood. The Gators (29-3, 9-2) can win it outright with another victory over Southwood (3-26, 0-11) on Thursday at Southwood.
Haughton (18-14, 8-3) and Parkway (22-8, 9-3), which fell to Calvary Baptist 5-4 in a non-district game Tuesday at Calvary, are tied for second in the loss column.
Haughton hosts Airline (12-19, 4-7) on Thursday at 6 p.m. The game is the final one of the regular season for the Bucs. Airline has one more scheduled for noon Saturday against Claiborne Christian at home.
Parkway, Haughton and Airline will all be going to the playoffs. The Panthers are No. 9 in the 5A power rankings, according to LouisianaPreps.com, and will host a first round game.
At No. 17, the Bucs also have a shot at hosting a first-round game. The top 32 teams generally qualify for the playoffs with the top 16 hosting first-round games. Airline is No. 29.
In a District 1-4A game, the Benton Tigers defeated the Bossier Bearkats 23-2 in three innings at Benton.
There is a four-way tie for first in the district among Benton (19-12, 8-2), Northwood (21-7, 8-2), North Desoto (19-13, 8-2) and Minden (18-8, 8-2). Each team has two games left.
Benton plays Northwood at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday and at Northwood at 6 p.m. Thursday. North DeSoto and Minden also face off Wednesday and Thursday.
All four teams will be going to the playoffs. At No. 13 in the 4A power rankings, Benton will likely host a first-round game.
At Airline, Bryson Connell singled and scored a run on an error in the bottom of the sixth to give the Vikings a 3-2 lead.
Cade Thompson led off the bottom of the inning with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball. Lake Lowery was hit by a pitch. CJ McWilliams then tripled to center field, giving the Bucs a 4-3 lead.
McWilliams scored on Peyton Stovall’s ground ball. The Bucs added three more run thanks to three walks, Jathon Patton’s sacrifice bunt and a Cameron Townsend single.
Stovall had two RBI and a double in the game. Townsend also had two RBI. Mason Simmons had a double.
Nick Heckman pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and two earned runs. He struck out six and walked four.
Hunter Hollis and Harrison Tauzin had triples. Jerry Couch had a double. Connell allowed three hits in six innings, struck out four and walked two.
At Calvary, Parkway led 4-1 after five, but the Cavaliers rallied with four in the bottom of the sixth.
Parkway had 10 hits. Jordan Wilson went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Derious Bradford and Caleb Reese had two hits each.
Parkway closes the regular season Thursday at North Webster. Calvary improved to 20-9.
At Benton, twelve Tigers had hits. Cade Scott went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Sam Simmons doubled twice and drove in three runs.
J Walters had two hits. Colbey Sharp hit a two-run homer. Cody Norris had a double and two RBI.
Jon Mikal Robertson and Devin Snipes had hits for Bossier.
NOTE: The above report is based on information on teams’ official GameChanger accounts or information received from coaches.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org