Baseball: Parkway gets district win; Airline, Benton take non-district games

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The Parkway Panthers picked up their first District 1-5A win of the season, 15-3, Tuesday night on the road against the Southwood Cowboys.

Elsewhere, the Airline Vikings and Benton Tigers won non-district games. Airline traveled down I-20 to Minden and edged the Crimson Tide 2-1. Benton knocked off Natchitoches Central 10-2 at home.

In another 1-5A game, Haughton fell to a red-hot Captain Shreve team 13-2 in five innings at Shreve.

Byrd, which defeated Evangel Christian 15-1 Tuesday, leads 1-5A at 4-0. Captain Shreve is second at 3-1 followed by Airline and Southwood at 1-1. Evangel, Parkway and Haughton are all 1-3.

In the Class 5A power rankings released Tuesday by the LHSAA, Airline (15-4) was No. 4, Byrd (14-6) No. 9, Captain Shreve (12-9) No. 25 and Haughton (10-10) No. 28. Benton (9-9) was No. 18 in the Class 4A rankings. The top 32 teams at the end of the regular season generally make the playoffs.

At Southwood, Parkway held a slim 3-1 lead after four innings, but the Panthers scored six runs in the fifth and sixth to go ahead 15-1. The Cowboys managed two runs in the bottom of the sixth but that wasn’t enough to keep the game going.

The Panthers’ eight hits came from seven players. Eric Williams went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Ryan Black had a two-run triple in the sixth to make it 13-1. His hit scored Derious Bradford and Caleb Reese.

Matthew McKee, Williams and Eric Brown had singles in the fifth as the Panthers took advantage of numerous Southwood mistakes. Bradford and Reese had back-to-back singles in the sixth. Williams had an RBI-siogle

McKee had another good outing on the mound, scattering six hits and striking out five while walking none in six innings.

The Panthers, who snapped a six-game losing streak, improved to 7-11 overall. They split the two-game series with Southwood.

At Minden, Hayden Waxley led the Vikings on the mound and at the plate. He allowed two hits and struck out five in five innings of relief. He had two hits in three at-bats.

Airline scored both its runs in the top of the sixth. Cameron Parikh got things going with a one-out double. He reached second on Waxley’s sacrifice bunt. Waxley was safe at first thanks to an error and Parikh came around to score. Waxley stole second and then scored on an error.

Minden scored a run in the bottom of the inning to get within 2-1. But Waxley set the Tide down in order in the bottom of the seventh, including a game-ending strikeout.

At Benton, Sam Simmons had a triple, two doubles and five RBI to lead the Tigers. Tanner Craft scattered seven hits and struck out six in six innings. He also had two hits and an RBI.

The Tigers led 5-1 after five and then doubled their run total with five in a sixth inning that included Simmons’ two-run triple.

At Captain Shreve, Haughton got only one hit off Tanner Johnson in five innings.

NOTE: The above report is based on box scores and play-by-plays from teams’ official GameChanger accounts and information received from coaches.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com