High school baseball: Airline, Haughton win District 1-5A openers; Benton posts District 1-4A win

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The Airline Vikings and Haughton Buccaneers opened District 1-5A play with victories Tuesday night.

Three-time defending champion Airline defeated Captain Shreve 11-0 in six innings at Shreve. Haughton downed Evangel Christian 10-2 at Evangel.

Elsewhere in 1-5A, the Parkway Panthers fell to Byrd 5-2 at Byrd’s field at LSUS.

In District 1-4A, the Benton Tigers routed Huntington at Huntington and Bossier fell to North DeSoto at the Bearkats’ field at Rusheon Middle.

At Captain Shreve, Airline senior Cameron Parikh, the MVP on The Press-Tribune’s 2016 All-Parish team, pitched a four-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks.

The Vikings ended a three-game losing streak with all three games decided in the bottom of the final inning.

Airline took a 3-0 lead in the second and added a single run in the fourth. The Vikings ended all suspense with seven runs in the sixth.

Airline had 11 hits. Hunter Hollis went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. Ryan Lawhorne had two hits and three RBI.

Jonathan Brandon had a triple and double. Josh James went 2-for-3 with a double. Chase Hodges had two hits.

The Vikings had five hits in the sixth. James got things going with a one-out single. Jack Navalance was hit by a pitch and Hunter Nycum walked to loaded the bases. Lawhorne, Hodges and Hollis then had consecutive RBI-singles.

Brandon had a two-out triple and scored the final run on a passed ball.

Airline (11-8) will try to complete the sweep of the Gators (6-14) on Thursday night at Airline.

At Evangel, Nick Heckman pitched a complete game and struck out nine. He also went 2-for-4 with a double.

Jathon Patton went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Sam Herren had two hits. Jonathan Plant and Kobe Jackson had RBI-doubles.

The Bucs trailed 2-1 after five and then erupted for four in the sixth and five in the seventh.

Heckman and Jackson had back-to-back doubles to start the sixth. Hunter Harlan followed with a bunt single.

Jackson scored on a wild pitch and Plant brought Harlan home with his double. Plant stole third and scored on a single by Herren.

Herren advanced to second on a balk and third on a wild pitch. He scored the final run on an error.

The Bucs took advantage of some shaky Evangel pitching and errors in the seventh. Patton scored Herren and Cameron Townsend with a two-out double to make it 10-2.

Haughton (8-12) will go for the sweep of the Eagles (8-12) on Thursday at Haughton.

At LSUS, Parkway trailed Byrd 3-1 after five and then got within one with a run in the top of the sixth. But the Yellow Jackets answered with two in the bottom of the inning on a two-out single with runners at second and third.

Both teams got solid pitching performances. Parkway’s George Booras allowed five hits and walked three. Byrd’s Will Dorris allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Jonathan Fincher didn’t allow a hit and struck out four in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Parkway’s Matthew McKee went 2-for-3 with a triple. Eric Williams had a triple and two RBI.

Byrd’s Steele Netterville hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first.

Parkway (10-8) gets another chance at the Jackets (7-12) on Thursday at home.

At Huntington, 18 Benton players made plate appearances and 12 had hits in the five-inning game.

Peyton Long went 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBI. Hal Gatti had a grand slam home run.

Cody Norris had two hits, including a double, and three RBI. Sam Simmons had two hits and two RBI.

Connor Smith had a triple and double. Cole Horton had a two-RBI double. Cade Paddy drove in two runs.

Will Hine, Colby Sharp, Kade Bailey and Andrew McPherson combined on a no-hitter with nine strikeouts.

Benton (17-6, 7-0) faces Airline at 1 p.m. Saturday in a non-district game at Airline.

At Rusheon, Kaleb Harlow went 2-for-3 with a double in Bossier’s loss. Rangel Miller also had two hits.

The Bearkats dropped to 7-15 overall and 0-5 in 1-4A.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com