Baseball: Haughton, Airline open 1-5A play with wins; Benton edges Minden


The Haughton Bucs and Airline Vikings opened District 1-5A play with dramatic victories Thursday.

Haughton scored a run in the top of the seventh inning in a 5-4 defeat of the Southwood Cowboys at Southwood. Airline scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Byrd Yellow Jackets 2-1 at Airline.

Elsewhere in 1-5A, the Parkway Panthers managed only two hits and fell to the Captain Shreve Gators 9-0 at Shreve.

The Benton Tigers also won in dramatic fashion, scoring a run in the top of the seventh to defeat Minden 3-2 n a key District 1-4A game at Minden.

At Airline, the Vikings (10-7) took a 1-0 lead into the sixth, but the Yellow Jackets tied it with a run in the top of the inning. The game went into the eighth tied at 1.

Airline’s Tanner Daniel led off the bottom of the eighth with a single. Hayden Waxley moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Jacob James hit a ground ball to the Byrd shortstop, whose error allowed Daniel to come home with the winning run.

Peyton Davis had two of Airline’s four hits. Peyton Coker had an RBI.

Airline starter Kyle Backofen went seven innings, allowing just four hits and two walks. Andrew Maxey allowed two hits in the eighth but made up for it with two strikeouts to get the win in relief.

The second of the three-game series is Friday night at Byrd at 6.

At Southwood, Sam Wallace doubled with one-out in the top of the seventh with the score tied at 4. Jeremiah Wilson, running for Wallace, scored the go-ahead run on Seth Ryan’s single to right field.

Ryan went 3-for-4. Triston Carmack had a good day at the plate and on the mound. He went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. Carmack pitched a complete game, striking out 11 and scattering seven hits. Tyler Davis also had two hits.

The Bucs improved to 10-6 overall. The second of the three-game series is Friday at 6 at Haughton.

At Shreve, Parkway (10-7) suffered its ninth straight loss. Ryan Black and Derious Bradford had the Panthers’ only hits.

The second of the three-game series is Friday at 6 at Parkway.

At Minden, the Tigers and Crimson Tide went into the seventh tied at two.

Cameron Horton led off the top of the inning with a single and Aaron Sheppard sacrificed him to second. Jaret Gill then brought Horton home with a single to left field.

Sheppard shut down the Tide in order in the bottom of the seventh. Sheppard allowed just four hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.

Horton went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Gill also had two hits. Wade Grubbs had a double.

Benton (14-7, 3-0) doesn’t play again until Tuesday when the Tigers host Northwood.

— Russell Hedges,