Baseball: Airline closes Sulphur tourney with victory

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The Airline Vikings finished a successful run in the Sulphur tournament with an 11-4 victory over Dutchtown Saturday.

The Vikings went 3-1 in two days to improve to 12-3.

Also on the final day of the Sulphur tournament, Haughton lost to St. Louis Catholic 4-3 in nine innings and Parkway fell to Vandebilt Catholic 2-0.

Benton lost to St. Michael 8-4 on the final day of the St. Michael tournament in Baton Rouge.

Airline pounded out 11 hits against Dutchtown, including home runs by Jarrett Bamburg, Hayden Waxley and Peyton Davis.

Bamburg’s was a grand slam. He went 2-for-4. Waxley finished with two hits and two RBI. Davis’ homer was a three-run shot. Jonathan Brandon and Austin Zickefoose had two hits and an RBI each.

Starter Kyle Backofen went five innings for the win. He allowed four hits and one earned run.

Airline opens defense of its District 1-5A title Tuesday night at home against Captain Shreve.

Haughton and St. Louis went into extra innings tied at 1. The Bucs scored two runs in the top of the eighth, but the Saints answered with two to tie it and scored one in the ninth for the win.

Andrew Sewell and Reid Wilson had two hits each. Mason Simmons allowed just three hits and one earned run in seven innings of relief.

Haughton (9-6) opens District 1-5A play at home Tuesday against Evangel Christian.

Jake Fayard and Bryan Day combined to give up just one hit in Parkway’s loss to Vandebilt Catholic.

Vandebilt Catholic scored both of it runs with two outs in the fourth. The Terriers took advantage of an error, two hit batters and a single.

Caleb Reese led Parkway at the plate, going 2-for-3.

Parkway (6-8) opens District 1-5A play at home against Byrd Tuesday.

Sam Simmons went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Benton’s loss to St. Michael. Wade Grubbs had two hits as the Tigers outhit the Warriors 9-6.

Starter Will Hine went four innings, allowing six hits and just two earned runs. Jackson Rutledge pitched two innings of no-hit ball and struck out three in relief.

Benton (7-8) travels to Lafayette Monday for a non-district game against Teurlings Catholic and then opens District 1-4A play against Bossier at home Wednesday. The Tigers have won three straight district championships.

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

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com