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Baseball: District champs Airline, Benton close league play with wins

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District champions Airline and Benton completed district play with victories Thursday night.

The Vikings completed a sweep of Parkway with a 7-1 victory at Airline. The Vikings finished the regular season 24-10 overall and 13-2 in 1-5A. They will host a first-round playoff game at home next week.

The Tigers avenged their only district loss, edging North DeSoto 2-1 in Stonewall. Benton improved to 25-8 overall and finished district play 11-1. According to the LHSAA website, the Tigers have one more game scheduled at Ouachita Christian on Saturday.

Elsewhere, the Haughton Bucs dropped an 8-4 decision to Byrd at home. Haughton dropped to 18-12 overall and 8-6 in district. The Jackets (9-5 district) and Bucs are scheduled to play the final game of their series and the regular season Friday at 6 p.m. at Byrd’s LSUS field.

Byrd is in second place in the district, a half-game ahead of Captain Shreve (8-5 district), which which opened its final series Thursday with a 9-7 victory over Southwood, and one game ahead of Haughton.

At Airline, Peyton Davis led six Vikings with hits, going 2-for-3 with a double. Peyton Coker also had double.

Cameron Taylor, Trey Forsythe and Andrew Maxey combined on a two-hitter.

At North DeSoto, Tanner Craft pitched a four-hitter for the Tigers, striking out seven and walking none. North DeSoto ace Matt Ramsey limited Benton to six hits.

Branson Woodward went 2-for-2 with a double and walked once.

The Tigers scored single runs in the fifth and sixth. Benton took advantage of a hit-by-pitch, walk and wild pitch in the fifth. Josh Scherer had an RBI single in the sixth.

At Haughton, Jonathan Plant was one of three players with two hits for the Bucs. He went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Seth Ryan and Keith Ramsey both went 2-for-3. Seth Bradshaw had a double.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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