The Airline Vikings handed the Byrd Yellow Jackets their first District 1-5A loss 5-3 Tuesday night at Byrd’s field at LSUS.
The Vikings improved to 18-4 overall and 4-1 in 1-5A. Byrd (16-7, 6-1) still technically leads the district, although the Vikings and the Yellow Jackets are tied for first in the loss column.
Elsewhere, Haughton slipped past Parkway 3-0 at Parkway in a pitchers’ duel at Parkway. The Bucs improved to 13-9 overall and 2-3 in 1-5A. The Panthers dropped to 7-14 and 1-6.
In District 1-4A, Benton routed Fair Park 15-0 in four innings at Benton. The Tigers improved to 10-10 overall and 2-0 in 1-4A.
At LSUS, Hayden Waxley had two of Airline’s seven hits. Cameron Parikh (5-1) turned in an outstanding performance on the mound, allowing just four hits in six innings. Waxley relieved him in the seventh and got the final three outs without allowing a hit.
Airline took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Chase Hodges walked and advanced to second when Cameron Taylor was hit by a pitch. Parikh moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt. Waxley brought Hodges home with a sacrifice.
The Vikings added three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-0 lead.
Hodges led off with a walk and advanced to third on a Taylor single. Parikh scored both Hodges and Taylor with a single to left field. Hunter Hollis, running for Parikh, advanced to third on a Waxley sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch with two outs.
The Yellow Jackets cut the lead in half with two in the bottom of the inning and got within one in the bottom of the sixth.
The Vikings got a little breathing room with another run in the top of the seventh. Jarrett Bamburg scored thanks to two errors and an Austin Zickefoose sacrifice.
At Parkway, Triston Carmack pitched a two-hitter with seven strikeouts. Parkway’s Matthew McKee was also effective, allowing just three hits.
Haughton scored single runs in the first, third and seventh.
Reid Wilson had a solo home run in the first.
Jeremiah Wilson led off the third with a walk, advanced to second and third on errors and scored on Reid Wilson’s groundout to shortstop.
Kirkland Seals led off the seventh with a single, stole second and advanced to third on Sam Herren’s groundout. He scored on a passed ball.
At Benton, Tanner Craft, Will Hine, Jakob Pierrelee and Noah Livers all pitched one inning of no-hit ball. They combined for nine strikeouts.
Twenty Tigers got their names in the boxscore. Conner Jack Smith went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI. Sam Simmons and Legend Denler had doubles.
In another District 1-4A game, Bossier fell to North DeSoto 20-1. Devon Smith and Kevin McCuthen had doubles for the Bearkats.
NOTE: The above report is based on boxscores and play-by-plays on teams’ official GameChanger accounts and information received from coaches.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org