The Haughton Buccaneers and Parkway Panthers won games in the Sulphur tournament Thursday.
Haughton defeated perennial Class 5A power Sulphur 1-0. Sulphur was a Class 5A semifinalist last year, and the Tors were ranked No. 2 in the Louisiana High School Baseball Coaches Association preseason Class 5A poll.
Parkway downed Pineville 7-3.
Haughton’s Austin Clemmens scattered six hits, struck out four and walked none in the complete-game victory.
The Bucs scored the game’s only run in the top of the sixth.
Jonathan Plant walked with one out. Sam Herren and Tyler Davis were hit by pitches to load the bases. Andrew Sewell’s single scored Plant.
Clemmens sat down the Tors in order in the bottom of the inning. Sulphur got a runner on with one out in the bottom of the seventh. But Clemmens got a flyout and groundout to end the game.
Haughton (8-4) faces Alexandria Senior High Friday at 4. The Bucs are scheduled to play St. Louis Catholic and Sam Houston on Saturday.
Parkway’s Matthew McKee had a solid performance on the mound against Pineville. He allowed seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked two.
Eric Brown and Caleb Reese had two hits each.
The Panthers put six on the board in the bottom of the second after scoring one in the first.
Derious Bradford, Brown and Reese had singles in the inning. Parkway took advantage of those hits, a couple of errors, a walk and Amani Larry’s sacrifice fly to make it 5-0. The Panthers scored the final two runs on an error and a fielder’s choice.
Airline lost to Sam Houston 7-5 in the Sulphur tournament. Josh James hit a home run and had three RBI. Jonathan Brandon went 2-for-3 with a double.
Airline (9-3), which had a seven-game winning streak snapped, is scheduled to play Vermilion Catholic and Sulphur Friday and Dutchtown Saturday.
Benton fell to Parkview Baptist 9-3 in the St. Michael tournament in Baton Rouge. Garrett Hable had a double for the Tigers (6-7). Benton is scheduled to play St. Amant and Teurlings Catholic Friday and St. Michael Saturday.
Bossier split two games in the Stanley tournament, defeating Ebarb 14-2 and falling to Converse 14-2.
Derrick Jones went 3-for-3 with a double in the win. Kaleb Harlow had two hits and two RBI. Kevin McCuthen and Jon-Mikal Robertson had two hits each. Robertson improved to 3-0.
NOTE: The above report is based on box scores and play-by-plays on teams’ official GameChanger accounts and information received from coaches.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org