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High school baseball: Race for District 1-5A title going down to the wire; Parkway, Haughton get non-district victories

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The Benton Tigers fell to the Natchitoches Central Chiefs 3-0 in a District 1-5A game Tuesday in Natchitoches.

The loss prevented the Tigers from moving into a first-place tie.

So it’s come down to this in 1-5A.

Parkway (20-12, 10-3) has clinched at least a share of the title in Jay Shamblyn “Sham” Gabehart’s first season as head coach.

The Panthers (20-12, 10-3), which defeated Calvary Baptist 12-0 in a non-district game Tuesday, can win it outright title with a victory against Haughton (23-6, 9-4) in their final district game Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Parkway.

If Haughton wins, Airline (18-11, 9-4) completes a sweep of Captain Shreve at home Wednesday and Benton gets a split with Natchitoches Central Thursday, the district will end in  a four-way tie for the title among the four Bossier Parish teams.

Haughton and Parkway would share the title if the Bucs win and the Vikings and Tigers lose. A three-way tie is also possible.

Haughton picked up a non-district victory at home Tuesday, routing Class 2A Red River.

At Calvary Baptist, Parkway’s Zach Schoenborn went 3-for-3 with a home run, double and five RBI.

Barrett Newman went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Cade Josting also went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Ashton Martin went 2-for-3. 

Zachary Clute pitched a five-inning one-hitter with only one walk.

At Haughton, Caleb Brown got the win.

Brown, Chan Lytle, Nick Hensley, Parker Lowrie and Gary Rondeau all had multiple hits.

At Natchitoches Central, Benton’s Cale Latimer struck out six in four innings of relief.

The Chiefs’ Alex Dupuy gave up three hits and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings. Dalyn Davis went 2-for-3.

Natchitoches Central improved to 17-15 overall and 4-9 in district.

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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