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Baseball: Tough night for parish 1-5A teams

It was a tough night for Bossier Parish District 1-5A baseball teams as all three lost road games.

Airline fell to Captain Shreve 11-1 in five innings, Haughton lost to Evangel Christian 11-7 and Parkway dropped an 4-0 decision to Byrd.

Just two games into district play only two teams are undefeated in district and one, Southwood, hasn’t played yet. Byrd is the leader at 2-0. Airline, Haughton, Captain Shreve and Evangel are 1-1. Parkway is 0-2.

At Shreve, the Gators jumped on the Vikings early, scoring three in the first and three in the second.

Airline’s Jonathan Brandon went 2-for-3 with a double. Jarrett Bamburg also had two hits, including a double. Peyton Davis had two singles.

Tanner Johnson and Reid Dubois had three hits each for Shreve. Johnson had a triple, double and four RBI. Justin Skeesick had a triple, double and three RBI.

Airline, which is ranked No. 5 in the first regular-season Louisiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 5A poll, dropped to 13-4 overall. Shreve improved to 10-9.

Airline hosts defending Class 1A state champ Ouachita Christian at home Saturday at 2 p.m.

At Evangel, the Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first but Haughton rallied to tie it in the top of the third. Evangel took control with five runs in the bottom of the third.

Haughton fought back, though, scoring one in the fifth three in the top of the sixth to cut the Eagles’ lead to 7-6. But Evangel answered with four in the bottom of the sixth.

Reid Wilson smacked two doubles and drove in two runs for the Bucs. Jonathan Plant went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Colton McClain had a run-scoring double.

Haughton dropped to 10-7 overall and Evangel improved to 5-13.

The Bucs resume district play at home Saturday at 1 p.m. against Captain Shreve.

At LSUS, Parkway managed just two hits off Byrd’s Brennan Ertz in the loss.

Parkway’s Matthew McKee pitched a solid game, allowing five hits and two earned runs. He struck out three and walked four.

The Panthers dropped to 6-10 overall. Byrd improved to 12-6.

Parkway resumes district play against Southwood on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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