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High school baseball: Parkway maintains 1-5A lead; Benton gets split with Airline; Haughton wins

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The Parkway Panthers maintained the District 1-5A lead Saturday, completing a sweep of Natchitoches Central with a 6-3 victory in Natchitoches.

Elsewhere, the Benton Tigers earned a split with Airline, defeating the Vikings 7-2 at Airline. The Vikings won the first game 18-1 Thursday.

The Haughton Bucs completed a sweep of Byrd with a 4-1 victory at Haughton. 

In the other 1-5A game, Captain Shreve completed a sweep of Southwood 18-2.

District 1-5A teams have one two-game series left.

Parkway (19-11, 10-2) can clinch at least a share of the title with a victory over Haughton (21-6, 8-4)  in the first game of their series at 6 p.m. Monday at Haughton.

But Benton (18-10-2, 9-3), Airline (17-11, 8-4) and Haughton all still have a shot to win or share the title.

Benton visits Natchitoches Central (14-16, 3-9) in their series opener at 6 Tuesday. Airline visits Captain Shreve (15-16, 6-6) at 6 Monday.

At Natchitoches Central, Trenton Lape came up big for Parkway, smacking two home runs.

With the score tied at 3, his three-run shot run in the top of the seventh gave the Panthers the 6-3 lead.

Leadoff hitter Shawn Driggers was hit by a pitch and Barrett Newman drew a walk before Lape came to the plate. 

Lape hit a two-run blast in the fifth with two outs, breaking a scoreless tie. Newman’s two-out single kept the inning alive.

Parkway took a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Zach Schoenborn led off with a walk. He advanced to second on an error on Cameron Fink’s sacrifice bunt and reached third on Ashton Martin’s sacrifice. Schoenborn scored scored on Zachary Clute’s groundout.

The Chiefs tied it with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Lape finished with five RBI. Newman went 2-for-2.

Cade Josting struck out four in 4 1/3 innings of relief. Colton Smith came in with two outs in the sixth and the bases loaded. He induced a flyout to end the inning.

Smith set the Chiefs down in order in the bottom of the seventh, inducing three groundouts.

At Airline, Benton starter Preston Hill struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings. Cale Latimer struck out three in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Griffin Sibley and Hudson Brignac had two hits each.

The Tigers scored one in the top of the first on Brady Blaylock’s fielder’s choice.

Bryson Pierce’s two-RBI single made it 6-0 in the fifth. The Tigers added another run in the inning on an RBI-single by Latimer.

Airline had some opportunities but couldn’t convert, leaving nine stranded.

The Vikings had five hits, all singles, and drew four walks.

Evan Wendrock didn’t allow a hit and struck out three in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

At Haughton, freshman Landon Gaby picked up his first win in relief of Caleb Brown.

Roman Tolbert earned his fourth save, recording the final eight outs.

Austin Anderson went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Colin Rains also went 2-for-3 with a double. 

The Bucs broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Joshua Sewell and Brown had back-to-back singles after Tolbert led off with a walk. Nick Hensley’s groundout scored the first run. Sewell scored the second on an error with two outs.

Rains doubled in the fifth and scored the final run of the game on a single by Anderson.

Note: The above report is based on information provided by coaches or available on teams’ official GameChanger accounts or social media.

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