The Airline Vikings and Haughton Buccaneers won District 1-5A games Tuesday night.
District leader Airline defeated Southwood 11-1 in five innings. Haughton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Byrd 5-4 at Haughton.
Elsewhere, Parkway dropped a 7-5 decision to Captain Shreve at Parkway.
Airline improved to 21-4 and 7-1 in 1-5A. Byrd (17-9, 7-3) and Captain Shreve (15-12, 5-3) are tied for second in the loss column. Haughton (15-10, 4-4) and Evangel Christian (9-16, 4-4) are tied for fourth. They are followed by Parkway (8-16, 2-8) and Southwood (7-14, 1-7).
Airline’s Cameron Parikh pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts. He also had a double and an RBI.
Jarrett Bamburg went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Austin Zickfoose had a double and two RBI.
At Haughton, Triston Carmack pitched a 3-hitter with eight strikeouts. He also went 2-for-2 with a double. Andrew Sewell went 2-for-4. Mason Simmons and Sam Herren had one RBI each.
The Bucs and Yellow Jackets were tied at 4 going into the bottom of the seventh
Carmack led off with a double to right field. Ryan Jeffrey, running for Carmack, advanced to third on Simmons’ sacrifice.
The Jackets then intentionally walked Kirkland Seals and Tyler Davis to load the bases with one out.
Jeffrey was forced out at home on Sewell’s ground ball to first. Wilson then hit a hard ground ball to shortstop, scoring Seals with the winning run.
Haughton split the district series with Byrd after losing the first game 12-6 Saturday.
At Parkway, the Panthers rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at five. But the Gators pushed across two in the top of the seventh.
Amani Larry singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Eric Williams followed with a double to left field to put runners at second at third.
The Gators then caught a line drive and doubled the runner off second to end the game.
Parkway’s Eric Brown went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Larry also had two hits.
Parkway split the series with Shreve. The Panthers won the first game 12-10 in eight innings Saturday.
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, email@example.com