It didn’t take long for the high school baseball season to produce a little drama.
The Haughton Buccaneers scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the St. Mary’s Tigers 4-3 in a season opener Monday night at Haughton.
In another opener, Airline defeated Benton 6-1 at Benton in a battle between the defending District 1-5A champion Vikings and three-time defending District 1-4A champion Tigers.
In a softball season opener, Parkway dropped a 5-1 decision to Ouachita Parish in Monroe.
At Haughton, Andrew Sewell drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the seventh, scoring Kirkland Seals with the winning run.
Sam Herren led off the seventh with a bunt single off and stole second. With two strikes against him, Colby Holmes got a single with a hard ground ball to second, advancing Herren to third.
Reid Wilson singled, scoring Herren and advancing Holmes to second. Holmes moved to third on a passed ball.
Kirkland Seals then tied the game with a double to center field.
Tyler Davis was intentionally walked. Triston Carmack walked to load the bases, bringing up Sewell, who looked at four straight balls.
Sewell had two of Haughton’s seven hits, including a double.
Jonathan Plant got the win in relief, pitching two innings of no-hit ball with one walk. Starter Triston Carmack allowed five hits and one earned run. He struck out eight and walked two.
Starter Donovan Ohnoutka pitched well for St. Mary’s, allowing just three hits in six innings. St. Mary’s relievers gave up four hits and walked three.
At Benton, Airline did most of its damage in the middle innings, scoring three in the third and two in the fourth.
Jonathan Brandon, son of former Airline standout Dustin Brandon, went 2-for-4 with three RBI for Airline. Jarrett Bamburg and Chase Hodges also went 2-for-4. Hodges had an RBI.
Peyton Davis drove in two runs. He also got the save, allowing one hit and striking out three in 2 1/3 innings.
Kyle Backhofen, the Outstanding Pitcher on the All-District 1-5A team last year, got the win. He allowed four hits and one earned run in 4 2/3 innings. Backhofen finished with eight strikeouts.
At Monroe, Kendall Lewis went 2-for-4 with a home run in Parkway’s loss. She was one of six Lady Panthers who got hits. Parkway had seven hits, two less than Ouachita.
Parkway’s Samantha Guile struck out 12.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org