Four players from Bossier Parish schools — two from Airline and two from Benton — have been selected to play in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association/Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Games.
The games, originally scheduled for Denham Springs, have been moved to Louisiana-Lafayette. The East and West teams will square off in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. The games are for seniors only.
Airline pitcher Kyle Backofen, Airline infielder Peyton Davis, Benton pitcher Tanner Craft and Benton infielder Wade Grubbs are all on the West Roster.
All four players were first-team All-Parish selections.
Backofen, a Louisiana-Monroe signee, and Davis, a Northwestern State signee, helped Airline win its third straight District 1-5A championship.
Backofen was 8-2 with a 2.44 ERA. He struck out 75 in 63 innings. Davis batted .388 with 34 RBI. He had 18 doubles, one triple and six home runs.
Craft and Grubbs helped Benton win its fourth straight District 1-4A title.
Craft went 9-3 with a 1.93 ERA. He also hit .374 with 22 RBI. Grubbs led the Tigers at the plate with a .427 average. He had seven doubles, one triple and 16 RBI.
Other area players on the West roster are Captain Shreve’s Justin Skeesick, Minden’s Trace Francis and North DeSoto’s Alex Boone.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org