Wednesday, April 17, 2024

High school baseball: Benton, Haughton win

by Russell Hedges
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The Benton Tigers and Haughton Bucs posted victories in the first of three-game series Thursday night.

Benton defeated Glenbrook 10-0 in five innings at Benton, and Haughton edged Ruston 11-9 at Haughton.

In another three-game series opener, Airline fell to Evangel Christian 5-1 at Airline.

Elsewhere, Parkway lost to St. Frederick 5-4 at Parkway. The game was part of the North DeSoto tournament.

Plain Dealing fell to Simsboro 15-1 at Simsboro.

At Benton, Thomas Allen and Colton Birdsong combined on a one-hitter. 

Allen went four innings for the win. He allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked only one.

Birdsong struck out one and walked one in the fifth.

The Tigers (3-0) had eight hits. Kade Bryant went 3-for-3.

Griffin Sibley had four RBI. Bryson Pierce had a double.

The series continues Friday with Game 2 at Glenbrook at 6 p.m.

At Haughton, JP Cormier went 3-for-3 with three doubles and three RBI.

Christian Turner went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Landon Rolland went 3-for-3 with two RBI. 

Justin Adkison got the win. Ashton Neighbors got the save.

The Bucs improved to 2-1. Game 2 is Friday at Ruston at 5.

At Airline, the Vikings had three hits in five innings off Evangel starter Parker Fulghum, all singles.

Airline starter Evan Wendrock went five innings. He allowed three hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts and four walks.

The Vikings dropped to 0-2. Game 2 is Friday at Evangel at 6.

At Parkway, the Panthers had nine hits. Jax Thomson went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Sean Waits went 2-for-3 with a double. Cole Snell went 2-for-4. Shawn Driggers and Trent Howard both doubled.

Parkway trailed 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth. The Panthers added one in the inning then scored one with no outs in the bottom of the seventh on Driggers’ double and a single by Waits.

Kamron Blackshire walked with one out, but two strikeouts ended the game.

Parkway (1-1) continues play in the tournament Saturday against Winnfield at 4.

At Plain Dealing, Tyrese Kimble and Dayton Blake had hits for the Lions.

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