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High school baseball: Airline, Haughton, Benton, Parkway win on final day of tournaments


The Airline Vikings, Haughton Bucs, Benton Tigers and Parkway Panthers all won games on the final day of local tournaments Saturday.

Airline defeated Ruston 2-1 at Airline, and Haughton downed Loyola College Prep 12-3 at Haughton in the Airline Jason Bland Memorial Tournament.

Benton rallied past New Diana, Texas, 11-10 at Benton, and Parkway defeated Nashville, Ark., 10-0 in five innings in the Tri-State Tournament hosted by Benton.

Those games will be the final ones for all Bossier Parish schools until at least April 13.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday that all K-12 public schools in the state will be closed until then as a response to the coronavirus situation.

Bossier Schools suspended all activities, including sports events and practices, until then.

At Airline, the Vikings broke a scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth. After Ruston tied it in the top of the seventh, Airline scored a run to win it.

Harrison Waxley’s two-out single scored the Vikings’ run in the sixth. Hayden Lope had a one-out single and was replaced by courtesy runner Jamal Johnson, who scored.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cole Tabor singled with two outs and scored on Bryson Connell’s double.

Will Tynes went 2-for-3. Connell pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Airline improved to 8-4.

At Haughton, Carter Griffin went 2-for-3, and Peyton Stovall had a two-RBI double.

Logan Wilkerson and Parker Lowrie had doubles. Caleb Green had two RBI.

Hunter Jenkins (2-0) got the win. Jacob Hernandez picked up the save.

Haughton improved to 8-3.

At Benton, the Tigers scored seven in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the victory.

Benton had seven hits and New Diana didn’t record an out. 

Pearce Russell scored the winning run on Cade Paddy’s bases-loaded walk.

Cale Latimer and Grayson Gates both doubled in the inning. Brennan Blaylock, Rylen Lawrence, Russell, Cade Scott and Tanner Timms all singled in the inning.

Timms went 3-for-4. Lawrence and Russell had two hits each. Paddy had two RBI.

Latimer pitched the final three innings for the win. He allowed one hit.

Benton improved to 11-4.

At Parkway, freshman Brandon Levy pitched a one-hitter with nine strikeouts. He also went 2-for-2.

Christian Vicknair went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Peyton Lewis went 2-for-4.

Gabe Larry had a double and two RBI. Brady Norcross had two RBI. Trenton DeFatta drew three walks.

Parkway improved to 9-3.

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