The Parkway Panthers, Haughton Buccaneers and Benton Tigers won games in the Airline Jason Bland Memorial Tournament on Friday.
Parkway won twice, defeating Sulphur 5-4 and Natchitoches Central 8-1 at Parkway. Haughton blanked Ruston 8-0 at Haughton, and Benton routed Texas High 13-3 at Airline.
Airline fell to Suphur 3-1 at Airline.
The event is scheduled to conclude Saturday.
At Parkway, the Panthers scored three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to build a 5-2 lead against Sulphur. The Tors scored twice in the top of sixth to cut it to one.
Sulphur opened the top of the seventh with a walk. The Panthers then turned a double play on a bunt fielded by pitcher George Booras. Booras hit the next batter then got a popup to end the game.
Booras pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and striking out seven.
Eight Panthers had hits. Eric Brown and Caleb Reese both went 2-for-3. Eric Williams hit a solo home run. Bryan Day and Trevor Tamburo had doubles.
The loss was only the fourth of the season for Sulphur (10-4), a traditionally strong Class 5A school.
Parkway got another good pitching performance against Natchitoches Central. Melvin Fayard, who pitched a no-hitter in his last outing, allowed just three hits. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
Brown went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Amani Larry had a double. The Panthers were able to take advantage of six walk and five Chiefs errors.
Parkway improved to 8-3 under first-year coach David George. The Panthers need one win to equal last year’s season total.
At Haughton, there was yet another outstanding performance by a Bossier Parish pitcher.
Nick Heckman pitched a two-hitter against Ruston. He struck out 12 and walked only two.
Jathon Patton went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Austin Clemmens had two hits. Mason Simmons drove in two runs. Cameron Townsend had an RBI double.
Haughton improved to 5-7.
At Airline, Cody Norris, Cole Horton, Coleman Nerren and Cameron Ross all had two hits in Benton’s win over Texas High.
Horton had a triple, and Norris had a double.
Garrett Hable gave Benton an 11-3 lead in the fifth with a two-run triple. Peyton Long had a double and walked twice.
Kade Bailey and Andrew McPherson combined on a six-inning four-hitter. Each pitched three innings.
Benton improved to 11-4 with its fifth straight victory.
Sulphur scored three runs in the top of the seventh to rally past Airline.
Cameron Parikh went the distance, allowing just one hit. All three Sulphur runs were unearned, per Airline stats.
The Tors took advantage of a walk, sacrifice bunt and error to tie it. The Vikings had another error in the inning and Sulphur put runners at second and third with two outs. A single to center brought them home.
Peyton Jordan had two of Airline’s four hits, including a double, in the pitchers’ duel.
Airline dropped to 7-4.
Here is Saturday’s schedule (weather permitting).
West Ouachita vs. Benton, 10 a.m.
Ruston vs. Airline, 12:30 p.m.
Texas High vs. Natchitoches Central, 3 p.m.
Neville vs. Airline, 6 p.m.
Natchitoches Central vs. Haughton, 11 a.m.
West Ouachita vs. Haughton, 3 p.m.
Neville vs. Parkway, noon
Texas High vs. Byrd, 11 a.m.
Ruston vs. Byrd, 4:30 p.m.
AT CAPTAIN SHREVE
Sulphur vs. Captain Shreve, 11 a.m.
Benton vs. Captain Shreve, 2 p.m.
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