The Airline Vikings and Haughton Buccaneers completed sweeps of their District 1-5A opponents in different fashion Thursday night.
Airline rolled past Captain Shreve 15-1 in five innings at Airline. Haughton scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Evangel Christian 4-3 at Haughton.
Airline, the three-time defending champion, improved to 12-8 overall and 2-0 in district. Haughton improved to 9-13 and 2-0. The Vikings and Bucs are tied for the early lead with Byrd (8-12, 2-0), which completed a sweep of Parkway 15-10 in eight innings at Parkway.
At Airline, the Vikings jumped out to 2-1 lead in the first and then added six in second and seven in the third.
Josh James went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Peyton Jordan went 3-for-4. Hunter Hollis had two hits and two RBI.
Jonathan Brandon tripled and drove in two runs. Cameron Parikh also had two RBI. Chase Hodges allowed just three hits in five innings. He also had a hit and walked twice. All told, nine Vikings combined for 14 hits.
At Haughton, the Bucs trailed 3-1 after 5 1/2 innings. Nick Heckman led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and Cameron Townsend followed with a single. Mason Simmons reached on a fielder’s choice, sending Heckman to third.
Cade Thompson’s sacrifice fly scored Heckman, getting the Bucs within one. Lake Lowery, running for Simmons, stole second and advanced to third on the throw. Brennan Bockhaus then tied the game with a single.
Haughton ended Evangel’s seventh with a double play. Kobe Jackson led off the Bucs’ half with a walk and was replaced by Hunter Harlan. Jonathan Plant singled. Jathon Patton advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. After Heckman was intentionally walked, Townsend scored Harlan with a walk-off single.
Plant and Townsend both finished with two hits. Jackson, Heckman and Sam Herren all walked twice.
Townsend allowed five hits in 5 2/3 innings before being relieved by Jayson Nitz, who didn’t allow a hit the remainder of the game.
Haughton was coming off a 2-1 non-district loss at Northwood, its sixth one-run loss of the season. CJ McWilliams had three hits and Heckman two.
At Parkway, the Panthers scored two runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings tied at 10, but the Yellow Jackets pushed across five with two out in the top of the eighth.
Parkway led 6-5 after two, 7-6 after three and 8-7 after four. Byrd scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth to take the 10-8 lead.
Parkway’s Caleb Reese smashed a three-run homer in the first. Eric Williams hit a two-run shot in the second.
Peyton Lewis and Derious Bradford had two hits each. The Panthers (10-8, 0-2) finished with eight hits.
Bradford led off the seventh with a double. Reese’s grounder to shortstop with two outs resulted in a two-run error, sending the game into extra innings.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com