The Benton Tigers and Parkway Panthers avenged District 1-5A opening losses with victories Thursday night.
Two days after losing to Haughton 16-0, Benton defeated the Bucs 4-3 at Haughton. One day after losing to Byrd 13-1, Parkway knocked off the Yellow Jackets 7-3 at Byrd’s field at LSUS.
The end result was a split of their opening series.
In 1-5A openers Thursday, Airline defeated Southwood 12-2 at Southwood in five innings, and Natchitoches Central edged Captain Shreve 3-2 in Natchitoches.
The first games of those series were postponed by rain Tuesday.
At Haughton, Benton broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh. Kenner Lauterbach led off with a double and scored on a wild pitch.
Cale Latimer then struck out the side in the bottom of the inning.
Benton (8-8-2, 1-1) opened the scoring with a run in the top of the fourth, starting the inning with singles by Bryson Pierce, Josh Sanchez and Gavin Jacobs.
Haughton (14-3, 1-1) scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Austin Anderson led off with a single. A walk and an error loaded the bases. Another error allowed Anderson to score.
Caleb Brown then scored on Parker Lowrie’s grounder. With Joshua Sewell at the plate, Nick Hensley scored on a wild pitch.
The Tigers tied it in the fifth. A two-out double by Pierce scored Lauterbach, who singled with one out. Pierce reached third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Sanchez.
Sawyer Simmons got the win. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Benton hosts Ashdown, Ark., at 6 p.m. Friday. The Tigers begin a two-game district series at 1 Saturday against Southwood.
Haughton begins a two-game series against Natchitoches Central (10-6, 1-0) at home Saturday at 1.
At LSUS, Parkway’s Tanner Kirkland and Shawn Driggers both went 3-for-4. Kirkland had two RBI.
Zachary Clute went 2-for-3 with a double. Zach Schoenborn had a hit and drew two walks.
Starter Sean Waits went 5 2/3 innings. He scattered six hits, walked two and struck out five.
Tyler Bouillion didn’t allow a hit in 1 1/3 innings of relief. He struck out two and walked two.
Parkway (8-10, 1-1) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.
Trenton Lape led off with a single, advanced to second when Kirkland was hit by a pitch, reached third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Schoenborn.
Schoenborn scored on a ground ball by A. Thetford, who later tallied the third run on a sacrifice bunt by Clute.
Parkway added one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Barrett Newman singled with one out in the fourth, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball with two outs. Kirkland brought him home with a single.
Clute doubled with one out in the fifth and scored on an error. Ashton Martin, who reached second on the error, scored on a single by Driggers.
Parkway made it 7-0 with one in the top of the seventh. Clute and Driggers both singled, and Clute scored on a two-out single by Kirkland.
Parkway (8-10, 1-1) begins a two-game district series against Captain Shreve (5-11, 0-1) at 1 Saturday at home. Byrd (10-6, 1-1) opens a series against Airline at home at 1.
At Southwood, Airline’s Caden Long went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Clayton Brandon also had two RBI.
The Vikings (7-7, 1-0), who had eight hits, took advantage of seven Southwood errors.
Starter Tyler Ferguson didn’t allow a hit in three innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Southwood dropped to 4-12.
Providence Classical Academy defeated the Shreveport Force 18-0.
Cedric Donald and Brody House combined on a no-hitter. Donald struck out three in three innings. House struck out the side in the final inning.
The Knights tallied 12 runs in the fourth inning. House, Landry Case, Micah Gordan, Landon Pace, Austin Case and Riley Douglas all drove in runs.
Ethan Platt had a triple. Pace and Taft Prince both had doubles. House had three hits in three at bats while Prince and Pace each had multiple hits.
PCA faces Claiborne Academy at 6 Tuesday at Tinsley Park.
Note: The above report is based on information provided by coaches or available on teams’ official GameChanger accounts or social media.