The Airline Vikings rallied from a 4-1 deficit after five innings to defeat three-time defending Class 5A state champion Lake Charles Barbe 5-4 on the final day of the Sulphur tournament Saturday.
Airline scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to get within one and then won it with two in the bottom of the seventh.
Barbe (4-1) was No. 2 in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Preseason National Baseball Rankings.
Elsewhere, Parkway closed the North DeSoto tournament with a 5-2 victory over Northwood, the Panthers’ third straight win under first-year coach David George.
Haughton suffered a tough 6-5 loss to West Monroe in the Sulphur tournament.
Benton also lost a one-run game in a New Orleans area tournament, falling to 2016 Class 2A semifinalist Riverside Academy 5-4.
Jonathan Brandon went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Airline’s win over Barbe. Five other Vikings had hits.
Starter Ryan Lawhorne allowed four hits and struck out three in six innings. Peyton Jordan got two outs in the seventh and Brandon got one, picking up the win.
Lawhorne didn’t allow a hit through 4 2/3 innings. Then Carter Quinn gave the Buccaneers at 2-1 lead with a home run.
Barbe added two more runs in the sixth for a 4-1 lead.
Airline rallied with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Brandon reached on an error and advanced to second on Chase Hodges’ single. After Brandon and Hodges advanced on a balk, Josh James brought home Brandon with a sacrifice fly.
Hunter Nycum scored Hodges with a line-drive single to right field, cutting the Bucs’ lead to 4-3.
Jordan got the first two outs of the seventh, but Barbe loaded the bases on two hit batters and a walk. Brandon entered the game and got the Vikings out of the jam with a strikeout.
Cameron Parikh drew a one-out walk in Airline’s seventh. Brandon laced a double to center field, advancing Parikh to third.
Chase Hodges walked to load the bases with one out. After James’ flied out, Hunter Hollis was hit by a pitch, scoring Parikh. Hunter Nycum then walked on five pitches and Brandon scored the winning run.
Earlier in the day, Airline lost a tough 2-1 decision to Sulphur. Hodges had a solid outing on the mound, allowing just five hits in six innings.
Sulphur scored both runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Vikings had five singles in the game.
Airline (2-2) returns to action Thursday against Baton Rouge Central in the Monroe-area Trey Altick tournament.
Parkway’s Eric Williams broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth against Northwood with a two-run homer. He scored Caleb Reese, who led off the inning with a walk.
Amani Larry scored the final run of the game on a steal of home. Larry walked, stole second and reached third on an errant pickoff attempt.
George Booras was outstanding on the mound. He allowed just two hits in six innings and struck out nine.
Parkway (3-1) resumes play Thursday at Natchitoches Central.
West Monroe scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh against Haughton.
The Bucs scored all five of their runs in the bottom of the second.
Lake Lowery and CJ McWilliams had singles in the inning. Nick Heckman drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double.
Jonathan Plant allowed four hits in six innings of relief.
Haughton (2-3) visits Sterlington on Tuesday.
Benton scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth against Riverside to tie the game at 4. But the Rebels pushed a run across in the top of the seventh.
Garrett Hable went 2-for-2 with three RBI. Hal Gatti went 2-for-3. Keagan Rogers and Kade Bailey combined to allow six hits.
Benton (3-2) opens District 1-4A play against Fair Park at home Tuesday. The Tigers start play in the Trey Altick tournament Thursday against St. Charles Catholic at St. Frederick.
In the Bossier baseball tournament, the host Bearkats reached the championship game with a 21-11 victory over Red River. Bossier opened the tournament with an 18-8 victory over Ringgold on Thursday.
NOTE: The above report is based on information on teams’ official GameChanger or iScore accounts.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com