High school baseball: Parkway, Benton post district victories

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The Parkway Panthers and Benton Tigers won district baseball games Wednesday.

Parkway completed a District 1-5A sweep of Captain Shreve 2-1 at Shreve. Benton downed Minden 4-1 in a District 1-4A contest at Minden.

Four-time defending champion Benton (23-6, 10-0) will go for the district sweep of the Crimson Tide (14-14, 7-2) at 6 p.m. Thursday at Benton. The Benton-Minden games were originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday but were moved up a day. Both schools are out on Good Friday.

Northwood (17-10, 7-1) is in second place in 1-4A. Minden and North DeSoto (20-9, 7-2) are tied for third.

Elsewhere, the Haughton Buccaneers played yet another one-run game. Byrd earned the district split with a walkoff 3-2 win at its field at LSUS. Haughton got the walkoff win on Saturday 4-3.

Three-time defending champion Airline (19-10, 8-0), which completed a district sweep of Southwood 8-1 on Tuesday, leads the district. Byrd (13-15, 7-3) and Haughton (13-17, 5-3) are tied for second in the loss column.

Parkway improved to 17-11 and 5-5.

Airline resumes district play at 6 p.m. Thursday at Evangel Christian (10-17, 2-6). Haughton hosts Southwood (5-22, 0-8). Parkway is idle.

Bossier defeated Haynesville 8-4 in a non-district contest at the Bearkats’ field at Rusheon Middle School.

At Captain Shreve, Parkway’s Eric Williams pitched a one-hitter. He struck out five and walked three.

Captain Shreve also got an outstanding performance from Reid DuBois, who allowed four hits and walked two.

Parkway scored both its runs in the top of the fifth.

Derious Bradford reached first on an error and scored on Peyton Lewis’ triple to center field. Bryan Day then lined a single to right field, scoring Lewis.

Shreve cut the Panthers’ lead in half in the bottom of the inning. Williams sat the Gators down in order in the sixth. Shreve got a leadoff single in the seventh, but Williams closed out the game with a groundout, flyout and strikeout.

At Benton, the Tigers’ Cameron Ross pitched a complete game. He scattered six hits and struck out five.

Kade Scott went 3-for-3. Garrett Hable went 3-for-4 with a double. Cole Horton and Coleman Nerren had two hits each.

The Tigers led 2-1 after five and then added single runs in the sixth and seventh.

In the sixth, Hal Gatti reached on an error and moved to second on a Nerren single. Scott’s one-out single loaded the bases.

Conner Jack Smith scored Gatti with a sacrifice fly.

Hable doubled with one out in the seventh and scored on Gatti’s two-out single.

Benton’s Cody Norris scored on a passed ball in the first. He walked and advanced to third on back-to-back singles by Horton and Hable.

The Tigers made it 2-0 in the third. Hable singled with two outs and Peyton Long walked. Gatti hit a grounder and the result was an error that scored Hable.

At LSUS, Byrd’s Jonathan Fincher, a Louisiana Tech signee, pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts. Haughton’s Nick Heckman allowed only six hits but he walked five with four of those coming in the seventh.

Haughton’s Jathon Patton went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI. He also walked once. Jonathan Plant had a double.

In Saturday’s victory, Haughton scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win. Wednesday, Byrd scored two to pull out the victory.

The Yellow Jackets had only one hit in the inning, a leadoff single. Thanks to a walk and a sacrifice bunt, Byrd put runners at second and third with two outs. The Jackets then scored two runs on three straight walks.

Incredibly, Haughton has now played 13 one-run games this season. The Bucs have won four.

At Rusheon, winning pitcher Xavier Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double in Bossier’s win. Rangel Miller also had two hits. Kevin McCuthen had a hit.

The Bearkats improved to 10-16.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com