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High school baseball: Benton, Parkway get tournament wins, but tough losses order of day

Bossier Parish baseball teams played six one-run games in tournaments Saturday. Unfortunately, they lost five of them.

The Airline Vikings lost to Tioga 3-2 in eight innings and Neville 6-5 in the Sulphur tournament. The Haughton Bucs fell to Gonzalez East Ascension 2-1 and Lake Charles St. Louis Catholic 1-0 in the West Monroe tournament.

The Benton Tigers picked up a 10-7 win over Captain Shreve Saturday morning in a game played at Benton that was part of the West Monroe tournament. But the Tigers fell to St. Louis Catholic 5-4 in 11 innings in an afternoon game.

Parkway lost to Zachary 5-0 in the Sulphur tournament then rebounded with the only one-run win for a parish team, 5-4, over Neville.

The Panthers scored two runs in the top of the seventh to rally past Neville. Parkway had only one hit in the inning, a two-out, two-run double by Eric Brown. The Panthers took advantage of an error and Trevor Tamburo was hit by a pitch.

Brown went 2-for-4. Eric Williams had a two-out, two-run double in the third.

Parkway used four pitchers. Starter Melvin Fayard went 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits. Christian Rayner, Peyton Lewis and Collier Cloinger didn’t allow a hit in the final 3 2/3 innings.

The Panthers managed only two hits against Zachary. Parkway starter Parker Stevens allowed just one earned run in four innings.

Parkway (10-6) opens District 1-5A play Tuesday against Byrd at the Yellow Jackets’ stadium at LSUS.

Jonathan Brandon went 2-for-4 with two doubles in Airline’s loss to Tioga. Cameron Parikh had a double.

Chase Hodges allowed five hits and one earned run in 7 2/3 innings while striking out five.

The game was tied at 2 after seven innings. Tioga won it with a bases-loaded, one-out walk.

The Neville game was another tough loss. The Vikings scored four in the top of the sixth to take a 5-2 lead, but the Tigers scored four in the bottom of the seventh to win it.

Parikh went 2-for-3 with a double. Peyton Jordan also had two hits. Josh James had an RBI-single to give Airline the 5-2 lead.

Neville had three singles in the seventh. The Tigers also took advantage of an error and two batters were hit by pitches.

Starter Ryan Lawhorne allowed just two hits and no earned runs in six innings.

Airline (10-7) hosts West Monroe in a non-district game Monday and then opens defense of its District 1-5A championship at Captain Shreve on Tuesday.

Connor Smith went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Benton’s win over Shreve. Kade Scott went 3-for-3. Cole Horton went 2-for-2 and walked twice. Cody Norris went 2-for-4.

Hal Gatti had a two-run double in the bottom of the first after the Gators scored four in the top of the inning.

After Shreve added a run in the second, the Tigers erupted for six in their half. Garrett Hable had a bases-loaded double.

The Tigers opened the inning with consecutive singles by Sam Simmons, Scott, Smith and Norris. Horton followed those with a walk.

Smith’s home run gave Benton a 10-6 lead in the fifth.

Cameron Ross picked up the win.

The game against St. Louis Catholic went into extra innings tied at 4.

Norris led off the 10th with a double but the Tigers couldn’t get him home. The Saints scored the game-winner on an error in the the 11th.

Norris went 4-for-5 with a solo home run. Scott and Horton had two hits each. Coleman Nerren had a solo home run. Gatti had an RBI-double.

Andrew McPherson allowed just five hits and no earned runs in 7 2/3 innings of relief.

Benton (16-6) visits Huntington in a District 1-5A game Tuesday.

Cameron Townsend had an outstanding performance on the mound in Haughton’s loss to East Ascension. He allowed just three hits and no earned runs in six innings and struck out 10.

Nick Heckman tied the game at 1 in the top of the seventh with a home run.

Sam Herren had two hits.

Austin Clemmens didn’t allow an earned run in five innings on the mound in the loss to St. Charles Catholic. Kobe Jackson had two hits, including a double.

Haughton (7-12) opens District 1-5A play at Evangel Christian on Tuesday.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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