Parker Lowrie’s three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning broke open a tight game as Haughton completed completed a District 1-5A sweep of Parkway 6-2 Wednesday night at Parkway.
The victory gave the Bucs (24-16, 10-4) a share of the district championship. Parkway (20-13,?10-4) also has a share of the title.
The Bucs’ victory also kept Benton’s hopes of winning a ninth straight district title alive.
The Tigers (18-11-2, 9-4) can make it a three-way tie for first with a victory over Natchitoches Central at 6 p.m. Thursday at Benton,
Airline had a chance to earn a share of the title Wednesday, but the Vikings fell to Captain Shreve 3-1 at home. Airline dropped to 18-13 overall and finished district play 9-5.
The championship is Haughton’s first since moving up to Class 5A in 2012. It’s the 10th district title overall for Bucs Head Coach Glenn Maynor.
It’s Parkway’s second title since moving up the same year. The Panthers also won it in 2019.
At Parkway, Haughton led 3-2 after five innings.
Caleb Brown and Jackson Voigt led off the top of the sixth with walks. Nick Hensley advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt.
Lowrie then sent a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall.
Haughton’s Austin Anderson was the only Buc with more than one hit. He went 2-for-2 and also drew two walks.
The Bucs took a 1-0 lead on Roman Tolbert’s RBI-single in the top of the first.
The Panthers tied it in the bottom of the inning on Ashton Martin’s two-out RBI single.
Haughton regained the lead with a run in the fourth. Voigt was hit by a pitch. Dalton Meachum, running for Voigt, advanced to second on a passed ball and third on a balk. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Hensley.
The Bucs went up 3-1 in the fifth. Chan Lytle led off with a double and scored on a single by Anderson.
The Panthers cut the lead to one in the bottom of the inning. Tanner Kirkland reached on an error and scored on a double by Zach Schoenborn.
Haughton pitcher Gary Rondeau, who came on in relief of Anderson in the fifth, set the Panthers down in order in the sixth and seventh.
Rondeau gave up one hit and struck out three in 2 2/3 innings. Anderson allowed three hits and struck out in 4 1/3.
This is the final week of the regular season.
Haughton is scheduled to host Harrisonburg, Ark., in a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader Friday then close the regular season at home against D’Arbonne Woods at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Parkway is scheduled to host Zwolle at 6 Friday in its regular-season finale.
At Airline, the Vikings managed just four hits against Shreve’s Bryce Lopez, who pitched a complete game.
Caleb Hemmings went 2-for-2 and also drew a walk. Matthew Scripture had a triple and Harrison Waxley had a double.
Airline starter Tyler Ferguson pitched a solid 4 2/3 innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out six.
The Vikings are scheduled to visit Neville in their regular-season finale at 6 Friday.
Captain Shreve improved to 16-17 overall and finished district 7-7.
Haughton, Parkway, Airline and Benton are all headed to the playoffs.
According to GeauxPreps.com, Haughton is No. 8 in the Class 5A power ratings. Parkway is No. 12, Airline No. 16 and Benton No. 20.
The top 32 teams in the final ratings make the playoffs with the top 16 hosting first-round games.
In a District 1-1A game Tuesday, Plain Dealing routed Arcadia 25-7 at Arcadia.
Cole Modisette smacked two home runs and had seven RBI. Reagan Foster had two RBI.
Plain Dealing improved to 7-11. The Lions are No. 18 in the Class 1A power ratings.