Baseball: Haughton, Benton post victories in Nathan George Invitational; Airline split games

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The Haughton Buccaneers won their third straight game Friday night to start the season in the Nathan George Invitational, and the Benton Tigers picked up their first win of the season.

Haughton routed Calvary 10-0 in five innings at Haughton. Benton downed Evangel 5-3 at Parkway, which is hosting the event.

Evangel came right back and defeated Parkway 7-1 in the nightcap.

The Nathan George Invitational concludes today with five games at Parkway. Benton faces Parkway at 11 a.m. and then plays Calvary at 1:30. Haughton takes on Evangel at 4 and comes back at 8 to play Parkway in the nightcap. Rivals Calvary and Evangel face off at 6:30.

Elsewhere, Airline split two games in a tournament in Lafayette. The Vikings lost to Lafayette High 6-4 and then defeated Crowley 4-1.

At Haughton, Andrew Sewell pitched a five-inning one-hitter as the Bucs improved to 3-0.

Colton McClain went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Jonathan Plant’s two-run home run ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Triston Carmack smacked a two-run double in Haughton’s five-run first.

At Parkway, Benton scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on Peyton Long’s single to right field to break a 3-3 tie. Long’s hit scored Connor Jack Smith and Sam Simmons. Smith reached on an error to lead off the inning and Simmons walked.

Wade Grubbs had two hits in two at-bats. Cody Norris, Tanner Craft, Smith and Simmons all had singles.

Starter Colby Sharp allowed seven hits and struck out nine in five innings. Turner Toms, who allowed no hits and struck out one in the sixth, got the win. Craft got the final three outs, including two on strikeouts, for the save.

Caleb Reese led Parkway against Evangel with two hits. The Panthers had just four hits against four Eagles pitchers. Parkway had five errors in the game.

Matthew McKee started for Parkway. He allowed three hits and no earned runs in three innings while striking out six. Landon Kirkland pitched the final four innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four.

At Lafayette, Cameron Parikh allowed three hits and struck out eight in six innings to get the win for Airline against Crowley. Hayden Waxley went 2-for-4. Cameron Taylor and Adam Armstrong both had doubles.

Parikh went 2-for-3 against Lafayette High. Hayden Waxley had a double.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com