The Airline Vikings clinched the District 1-5A baseball championship with a 12-2, 11-0 doubleheader sweep of the Parkway Panthers on Wednesday at Parkway.
The Vikings improved to 23-10 overall and 12-2 in District 1-5A.
Elsewhere, the Haughton Buccaneers moved into a tie for second with Byrd, rallying for a 4-3 victory over the Jackets at LSUS. Haughton improved to 18-11 overall and 8-5 in 1-5A. Byrd, which saw its nine-game winning streak snapped, fell to 18-14 and 8-5.
At Parkway, Airline scored seven runs in the top of the third in Game 1 to take a 10-0 lead.
Peyton Coker and Adam Armstrong had back-to-back singles with one out. Ryan Phillips was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hayden Waxley was hit by a pitch, making it 4-0. Tanner Daniel walked, bringing in the second run of the inning.
Jacob James then scored two runs with a single to right field. Cameron Taylor topped the inning off with a three-run homer over the right field wall.
Coker had three hits, including a double, and three RBI in the game. Armstrong went 3-for-3. Taylor also had a double and went 2-for-4. Jarrett Bamburg doubled.
Waxley pitched a six-inning four-hitter, striking out four and walking only one.
Ryan Black and Chase Norcross had RBI singles for Parkway.
Parkway kept it close for much of the second game. The Vikings led just 1-0 through four. But Airline finally got it going and scored four in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh.
The Vikings’ Peyton Davis allowed just one hit in six innings and struck out four. He also went 2-for-4. Ryan Phillips had two hits, including a double. Jacob James had a two-RBI double.
Caleb Stock pitched a solid complete-game for Parkway, allowing just two earned runs. The Panthers hurt themselves with eight errors.
At LSUS, Haughton rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the top of the fifth.
Triston Carmack led off with a double. Jeremiah Wilson, running for Carmack, advanced to third on Kirkland Seals’ sacrifice and scored on Seth Bradshaw’s single. Jonathan Plant then made it a 3-2 game with a triple to right field.
Sam Wallace tied it with a single to right field. Wallace advanced to third on Seth Ryan’s single and scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball.
Carmack pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts. He retired the final nine Jacket batters in order.
Bradshaw went 3-for-4. Plant and Wallace had two hits each.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com