Baseball: Bamburg helps Airline edge Ouachita Christian; Haughton, Parkway fall in 1-5A games

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Jarrett Bamburg’s walkoff single in the ninth inning gave the Airline Vikings a 2-1 non-district victory over the defending Class 1A state champ Ouachita Christian Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Airline.

Cameron Parikh led off the bottom of the ninth with a bunt single, stole second and reached third on Hayden Waxley’s sacrifice bunt. Jonathan Brandon and Peyton Davis were intentionally walked to load the bases.

Parikh scored on Bamburg’s ground ball single into left field.

Bamburg had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a triple

Ouachita Christian scored its only run of the game in the first inning. The Vikings tied it in the third.

Waxley walked with one out, advanced to second on Brandon’s grounder to third and scored on Peyton Donaldson’s double to right field.

Starter Cameron Taylor allowed just four hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked just one. Waxley was outstanding in relief, setting down the final nine Eagles in order.

Airline, ranked fifth in the first regular-season Louisiana High School Baseball Coaches Association 5A poll, improved to 14-4. Ouachita Christian dropped to 11-8.

At Haughton, Tyler Davis, Jonathan Plant, Mason Simmons and Andrew Sewell had two hits apiece for Haughton. David, Plant and Simmons all had doubles. Sewell and Davis had two RBI each.

The Gators jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first. The Bucs scored twice in the third to get within one. But Shreve broke the game open with sixth in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Nate Tidovsky had two doubles for the Gators. Kyle Koch had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI. Anthony Stallcup had two hits and two RBI.

Haughton dropped to 10-8 overall and 1-2 in 1-5A. Captain Shreve improved to 11-9 and 2-1.

At Parkway, Derious Bradford went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against Southwood. Peyton Donaldson went 2-for-3.

The Panthers dropped to 6-11 overall and 0-3 in 1-5A. The game was the district opener for Southwood.

In the other 1-5A game Saturday, Byrd defeated Evangel Christian 6-2. The Yellow Jackets, 13-6 overall, lead the district at 3-0. Evangel dropped to 5-14 and 1-2.

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

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com