Baseball: Parish teams pick up wins in Airline tournament


Russell Hedges


All four parish teams participating in Airline’s Jason Bland Memorial Tournament over the weekend enjoyed some success.

Elsewhere, Bossier reached the consolation finals of the Castor Tournament.

Here is how each team fared.

Airline — The Vikings, who got off to a slow start this season, went 3-0.

Airline defeated Ouachita Christian 3-2 Saturday and Sulphur 3-0 Friday. The Vikings (5-6) also defeated Ruston 3-2 Thursday.

Andrew Lowe allowed three hits in 5 2-3 innings against Sulphur. Chase Rivers went 2-for-3.

Rivers had another big game against OCS, blasting a two run homer in the first inning. Zachary Beene had a triple and Cameron Taylor had a double.

Russell Hedges/Press-Tribune Cameron Taylor struck out the side in the final inning of the Vikings’ 3-2 victory over Ouachita Christian Saturday at Airline.
Russell Hedges/Press-Tribune
Cameron Taylor struck out the side in the final inning of the Vikings’ 3-2 victory over Ouachita Christian Saturday at Airline.

Taylor, who struck out the side in the final inning, got the win.

The Vikings scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Cameron Kyle had a big hit, and Beene scored on a balk.

Kyle and Will Goodwin had two hits in the win over Ruston. Peyton Davis pitched a complete game, scattering five hits.

Haughton — The Bucs went 1-2 and were ahead in another when the rains came Saturday.

Haughton (8-5) defeated Iowa 8-4 Saturday. The Bucs were also leading Ouachita Christian 7-6 in the fourth when the game was called because of rain.

Haughton lost to Ruston 3-1 Friday and Neville 12-5 Thursday.

Hunter Golden had a three-run home run against Iowa and Sam Wallace had a two-run blast. Wallace had three RBIs. Seth Ryan had two.

John Tomb and Bradley Bockhaus had doubles against Ouachita Christian.

Wallace had three of Haughton’s six hits against Ruston. Bockhaus pitched a complete game, allowing just five hits, but the Bucs hurt themselves with six errors.

Parkway — The Panthers lost their first three games but then got a big 3-2 win over Benton, handing the Tigers only their second loss of the season.

Before beating Benton Saturday, Parkway (6-6) lost to Sulphur 4-0. The Panthers fell to Neville 7-2 Friday and Iowa 17-2 Thursday.

Caleb Stock pitched a four-hitter with four strikeouts against a tough Benton lineup.

He got a flyout to end the game with the bases loaded.

Austin Averitt and Demetrius McAtee both had two hits, including doubles. Tyler Schilling went 2-for-3.

Jon Koestner pitched a complete game against Sulphur, striking out five. Three of Sulphur’s runs came on a home run.

McAtee went 2-for-2 with a double against Neville. Hunter Knowles also had a double.

Rob Harper allowed five hits and two earned runs in six innings.

Benton — The Tigers, who moved up to No. 4 in the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A poll, went 2-1.

Benton (10-2) defeated Byrd 9-1 Friday and Ruston 4-2 Thursday before losing to Parkway Saturday. The Tigers’ final game against Captain Shreve was rained out.

Jordan Shaffer continued his outstanding early season play against Byrd, allowing just one hit in six innings and striking out nine.

Shaffer extended his innings of not allowing a hit to 16 before Byrd got a leadoff single in the fifth.

Eight Tigers had hits. Cameron Horton homered and Josh Scherer doubled.

Shaffer had two hits against Parkway, and Jaret Gill drove in two runs.

Sophomore Jackson Rutledge scattered eight hits in six innings.

Bossier — Bossier defeated Doyline 22-6 in the North Caddo Tournament and was leading the host team 5-2 in the consolation finals when the game was called because of rain.

Alex Galvan went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs against Doyline. Brent Wroblewski had two hits and five RBIs.

Hunter Courtney and David Dunson had two hits each.