High school baseball: Airline drops Southwood, remains undefeated in 1-5A

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Senior Louisiana Tech signee Cameron Parikh had three hits as the Airline Vikings remained undefeated in District 1-5A with an 8-1 victory over the Southwood Cowboys on Tuesday at Airline.

The game was scheduled to be played at Southwood. It was moved because the rain Monday night and Tuesday morning made the Cowboys’ field unplayable. Southwood was officially the home team.

Two other District 1-5A games were postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Haughton (13-16, 5-2) will try to complete the district sweep of Byrd (12-15, 6-3) at Byrd’s field at LSUS. The Bucs won 4-3 on Saturday at Haughton, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Parkway (15-11, 4-3) will try to complete the sweep of Captain Shreve (10-18, 3-4) at Shreve. The Panthers won 12-7 on Saturday at Parkway.

Three-time defending district champion Airline (19-10, 8-0) did complete the sweep of Southwood (5-22, 0-8). The Vikings won the first game Saturday 9-1.

Airline didn’t have a big inning Tuesday, but they had several small ones. The Vikings jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one and led 5-0 after three. They scored single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh.

Parikh, the MVP on the 2016 All-Parish team, went 3-for-5 with a double. Josh James went 2-for-4. Peyton Jordan, Ryan Lawhorne and Cole Broadway had one RBI apiece.

Lawhorne had a single, walked and was hit by a pitch. Jordan was hit by a pitch twice. Chase Hodges walked three times.

Jonathan Brandon hit a leadoff home run in the third inning and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Hunter Hollis also had a hit.

Parikh, Jake Mayfield, Bryson Connell and Will Tynes combined on a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts.

Airline begins a two-game series against Evangel Christian at Evangel on Thursday. The Vikings host the Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Monday night, the Bossier Bearkats fell to Summerfield 10-4 in a non-district game at Summerfield. Devin Snipes went 2-for-3 and Kaleb Harlow had a triple.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com