The Parkway Panthers are within one victory of winning the District 1-5A baseball championship.
Parkway defeated Captain Shreve 14-2 in six innings Thursday at Parkway, handing the Gators only their third loss of the season.
Parkway (21-6, 9-2) and Captain Shreve (27-3, 7-2) are tied for first in the loss column. Haughton (16-13, 7-3) is one game back.
Parkway and Shreve are scheduled to close the two-game series at 1 p.m. Saturday at Parkway, weather permitting. If Parkway wins, the Panthers are the district champions. If Captain Shreve wins, the Gators will have the inside track for the title. Shreve closes its district schedule with two games against Southwood (3-24, 0-9).
In the other 1-5A games Thursday, Airline fell to Evangel Christian 8-6 at Evangel, and Byrd edged Southwood 16-14 at LSUS. In a non-district game, Haughton downed North Webster 15-3 at home.
In District 1-4A, Benton fell to Minden 6-3 at Minden.
The Tigers fell to 18-11 overall and 6-2 in district. Minden improved to 17-8 and 7-2. North DeSoto (18-11, 7-1), which defeated Northwood 7-4, leads the district. Northwood (17-7, 4-2) is tied for second in the loss column.
At Captain Shreve, Eric “EJ” Williams went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI to lead the Panthers. Caleb Reese went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Matthew McKee went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Parker Stevens got the win, allowing five hits and two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
After trailing early, the Panthers took the lead with three runs in the top of the third. Parkway added four in the fourth, two in the fifth and five in the sixth.
At Evangel, Airline rallied from a 4-0 deficit after four innings with five runs in the top of the fifth. But the Eagles regained the lead with three in the bottom of the fifth and added one in the sixth.
Dalton Burrell went 2-for-4 with a double. Bryson Connell had a double and two RBI.
At Haughton, Peyton Stovall, Jathon Patton and Nick Heckman all had two hits, including doubles, for the Bucs.
Patton had three RBI and Stovall two. Hayden Hensley had a triple and two RBI.
Dustin Barron got the win, allowing two earned runs in six innings.
At Minden, Benton’s Cole Horton went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Garrett Hable also went 2-for-4.
Minden’s Hunter Wilkes went 4-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI.
Benton scored single runs in the first third and fourth to take a 3-2 lead. The Crimson Tide scored two with two outs in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 4-3. They added two more in the sixth.
NOTE: The above report is based on teams’ official GameChanger accounts or information received from coaches.
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