The Airline Vikings and Haughton Buccaneers posted District 1-5A baseball victories Friday night.
Airline defeated Captain Shreve 8-1 at Shreve. Haughton completed a three-game sweep of Parkway with a 7-2 victory at Haughton.
With four games left, Airline (20-9, 10-1) leads Byrd (18-13, 7-4) by three games. Haughton (17-11, 7-5) is third followed by Captain Shreve (15-15, 6-5). Byrd completed a sweep of Southwood Thursday, winning a doubleheader 8-7 and 23-5.
At Airline, the Vikings raced to an early 6-0 lead with two in the first and four in the second.
Kyle Backofen shut the Gators down, pitching a four-hitter. He struck out 12 and walked just one.
Jacob James went 3-for-3. Peyton Davis had two hits and two RBI. Ryan Phillips and Hayden Waxley also had two hits each. Adam Armstrong drove in two runs.
Game 3 is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Airline.
At Haughton, the Bucs erased a 2-1 Parkway lead with six in the bottom of the fourth.
Tyler Davis and Jonathan Plant had bunt singles in the inning. Kirkland Seals and Seth Bradshaw also singled. Coltin McClain doubled. The Bucs also took advantage of a walk, balk and Sam Wallace’s sacrifice fly.
Parkway leftfielder Ryan Black made a nice diving catch of Wallace’s fly ball, but he collided with shortstop Peyton Donaldson and was unable to make a throw. Both players lay on the ground but were up within minutes.
Zach Hire, Chase Norcross and Cole Sharp had singles in Parkway’s two-run second. Hire finished with two hits.
Plant had two hits, including a home run to give Haughton a 1-0 lead in the first. Bradshaw went 2-for-4 with a double. Seals had two RBI on his fourth-inning single.
Haughton starter Keith Ramsey went three innings. Reliever Austin Clemmens didn’t allow a hit in three innings. Wallace struck out the side in the seventh.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com