Baseball: Haughton closes regular season with 4-3 win over Byrd; playoffs next

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The Haughton Bucs closed the regular season with a 4-3 victory over the Byrd Yellow Jackets Friday night at LSUS.

The Bucs took two of three from Byrd, winning the opener 4-3 also and losing the second game 8-4. Haughton won four of its last five games.

The Bucs finished 19-12 overall and 9-6 in 1-5A. Haughton and Byrd (19-15, 9-6) are tied for third, a half-game behind Captain Shreve (18-15, 9-5). The Gators defeated Southwood 13-6 Friday and will finish in second with a win over Southwood Saturday in their final game. If Southwood wins, there will be a three-way tie among Haughton, Byrd and Shreve.

Four teams from District 1-5A will be in the playoffs, but champion Airline (24-10, 13-2) will be the only one to host a first-round game. The Vikings entered the week with a power ranking of 10 in Class 5A. The top 16 teams host first-round games.

Byrd was 22nd, Captain Shreve 24th and Haughton 25th.

Seth Ryan and Sam Wallace had two hits each to lead the Bucs against Byrd. Ryan went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Wallace went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Austin Clemmens got the win. He allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. Jonathan Plant was outstanding in relief, pitching 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball and striking out three.

Haughton scored single runs in the first and fifth and two in the third.

In the first, Wallace got things started with a two-out single. He advanced to second on an error, reached third on a ground ball and scored on Ryan’s single.

The Bucs also made things happen with two outs in the third inning.

Kirkland Seals led off the inning with a single to center field. Jeremiah Wilson, running for Seals, scored on Wallace’s two-out double to to left field. Ryan’s single to center field scored Wallace for a 3-0 lead.

The Jackets scored one in the bottom of the fourth to get within two. The Bucs took advantage of a couple of Byrd errors to score one in the top of the fifth for a 4-1 lead.

Two Haughton errors with two outs contributed to two Byrd runs in the bottom of the fifth, making it a one-run game.

Plant set the Jackets down in order in the sixth and seventh, striking out the final two batters.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com