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High school baseball: Airline edges Ruston in Jason Bland tournament; Seventh-inning rally lifts Parkway to victory

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The Airline Vikings edged the Ruston Bearcats 2-1 Friday on the second day of the Jason Bland Memorial Tournament,

Airline improved to 5-2 with its fifth straight victory. Ruston (8-3), which defeated Benton 7-0 before taking on Airline, had a seven-game winning streak snapped.

Elsewhere, the Parkway Panthers picked up their second straight win in the East Ascension tournament, defeating the host team 4-1.

Haughton’s game against Texas High in the Jason Bland tournament was cancelled because of concerns about travel conditions.

At Airline, the Vikings scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to win.

Tyler Ferguson and Harrison Waxley pitched a combined no-hitter. Ferguson started and went five innings. The only run Ruston scored against him was unearned.

Waxley pitched the final two innings and got the win.

Ruston’s Dyson Fields allowed three hits and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings.

Airline’s Keegan Lehr went 2-for-3 and scored both runs.

In the seventh, Lehr led off with a bunt and advanced to second on Caleb Hemmings’ sacrifice bunt. Clayton Brandon was hit by a pitch with two outs. Triston Hargrave walked to load the bases.

Lehr then scored the game winner on a passed ball with Matthew Scripture at the plate.

Airline is scheduled to play Anacoco at 1:30 p.m. Saturday following an 11 a.m. game between Anacoco and Benton,

At East Ascension, Parkway scored four runs in the top of the seventh to rally for the victory.

Cade Josting, Sean Waits, Tanner Kirkland and Shawn Driggers had singles in the inning. Tyler Bouillon had a sacrifice bunt and Trenton Lape had a sacrifice fly,

Josting went 2-for-3. Kirkland went 2-for-4. 

Driggers pitched the final three innings. He allowed two hits and struck out four.

Starter Zachary Clute allowed three hits in four innings.

Parkway (5-5) is scheduled to play St. Amant at 10 a.m. and Brother Martin at noon Saturday on the final day of the tournament.

Note: The above report is based on information provided by coaches or available on teams’ official GameChanger accounts or social media.

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