The Airline Vikings took sole possession of the District 1-5A baseball lead with an 8-1 victory over the Byrd Yellow Jackets on Tuesday at Airline.
Airline improved to 16-10 overall and 5-0 in district. Byrd dropped to 12-13 and 6-1.
In another District 1-5A game, the Haughton Buccaneers defeated the Parkway Panthers 10-1 at Parkway. Haughton (12-15, 4-1) is tied for second with Byrd in the loss column. Parkway dropped to 13-11 and 2-5.
In District 1-4A, Bossier fell to Northwood 15-0 at Northwood.
Airline will try for the district sweep of Byrd at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Yellow Jackets’ field at LSUS. Haughton and Parkway face off again at 6 p.m. at Haughton.
At Airline, Vikings starter Chase Hodges allowed just three hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked only one.
The Vikings did all of their damage offensively in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Ryan Lawhorne was hit by a pitch to lead off the third. Bryson Connell attempted a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error. Lawhorne advanced to third.
Cole Broadway’s double to right field scored Lawhorne and moved Connell to third. Cameron Parikh scored Connell with a single.
Parikh stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch that allowed Connell to score. After Hodges walked, Parikh scored the fourth and final run of the inning on Jonathan Brandon’s sacrifice fly to center field.
The Vikings added one in the fourth. Connell’s one-out single scored Mulrenin, who had reached base on an error.
Parikh was hit by a pitch to start the fifth. He stole second and third and scored on Brandon’s single to center field. Josh James’ singled moved Brandon to third and he scored on a wild pitch.
Mulrenin then hit a double to left field, scoring James with the final run, and the Vikings led 8-0.
The Jackets scored their only run in the sixth.
At Parkway, Haughton’s Nick Heckman pitched a three-hitter (per Haughton stats) and struck out 10.
Jonathan Plant went 2-for-3. Cameron Townsend had a two-RBI double. Cade Thompson had two RBI.
The Bucs led by only 4-1 after six innings then blew the game open in the seventh, scoring six runs with two outs. According to Parkway stats, the Panthers committed three errors in the inning. The Bucs also took advantage of two walks and a hit batter along with Townsend’s double.
Caleb Reese drove in the Panthers’ lone run with a single in the third.
At Northwood, Bossier’s Kevin McCuthen went 2-for-2. Kaleb Harlow and Omar Green also had hits. The Bearkats dropped to 7-15 overall and 0-6 in district.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com