Airline’s Jason Bland Memorial tournament highlighted high school baseball action last week. The tournament featured a no-hitter, but it wasn’t thrown by a Bossier Parish player.
The Haughton Bucs had the most success last week, winning four of five games overall.
Here is a look at how parish teams fared.
Airline: The Vikings split four games in the Jason Bland Memorial, defeating Ruston 4-1 and St. Louis 10-0 and falling to Sulphur 7-0 and Neville 6-4.
The Neville loss was especially tough because the Vikings led 4-0 going into the seventh. The Tigers tied it in the seventh and won with two more in the first extra inning.
Against Sulphur, Airline simply ran up against one of the state’s top pitchers in Sulphur left-hander Kale Breaux. The Mississippi State signee pitched a no-hitter and struck out 15.
Kyle Backofen allowed six hits and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings in the victory over Ruston. Airline only got four hits, but two were doubles by Peyton Coker and Jacob James.
Hayden Waxley allowed just one hit in the five-inning victory over St. Louie. Coker, Cameron Taylor and Adam Armstrong had two hits apiece. Peyton Davis hit a two-run homer. Taylor, Armstrong and Ryan Phillips all had doubles.
Waxley went 2-for-4 with a double against Neville. James also had a double. Andrew Maxey allowed four hits and one earned run in 6 1/3 innings.
Andrew Lowe had a solid outing on the mound against undefeated Sulphur, striking out eight in five innings.
Benton: The Tigers went 2-3, defeating Parkway 7-0 and Neville 13-2 and losing to Byrd 6-2, Sulphur 6-1 and Captain Shreve 5-4.
The toughest loss was against Shreve. The Gators scored three in the bottom of the seventh.
Jaret Gill went 3-for-4 with a double against Neville. Wade Grubbs had two hits and three RBI. Aaron Sheppard also had two hits. Cameron Horton had a two-run double. Branson Woodward also had a double. Tyler Stephens had two RBI.
Jackson Rutledge struck out eight and allowed four hits in five innings.
Hal Gatti went 3-for-4 against Parkway. Horton and Grubbs had two hits each. Aaron Thompson gave up just two hits in five innings. Clayton Festavan pitched two innings of no-hit ball in relief.
Freshman Garrett Hable’s double was one of six hits the Tigers had against Byrd. Woodward went 2-for-3 against Sulphur.
Horton’s three-run double in the top of the fifth gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead against Shreve. Grubbs had two hits, including a double. Gill also had a double.
Haughton: The Bucs had a very good week, going 4-1. Their only loss was to West Monroe 17-2 in their final game in the Jason Bland tournament Sunday night.
Haughton defeated Northwood 11-7, St. Mary’s 5-4, Ouachita Christian 6-1 and St. Louis 9-8.
Jonathan Plant and Kirkland Seals both went 3-for-3 with two RBI against Northwood. Triston Carmack and Tyler Davis had two hits each. Davis, Seals and Coltin McClain had doubles.
Plant’s double to left field in the bottom of the eighth against St. Mary’s scored Seth Bradshaw with the winning run. Plant had three hits, including two doubles. Bradshaw also had three hits. Andrew Sewell had a double. Sam Wallace got the win in relief.
Carmack pitched a five-hitter and struck out nine against Ouachita Christian. He also had a double. Bradshaw had two RBI.
The Bucs trailed St. Louis 6-0 after 3 1/2 innings before rallying for the victory. Jeremiah Wilson scored the winning run in the first extra inning on Triston Carmack’s single.
Plant had a two-run homer. Sam Wallace had two hits. Sewell and McClain had two RBI each. Seals and Seth Ryan had doubles.
Sewell had Haughton’s lone hit in the five-inning loss to West Monroe.
Parkway: The Panthers had a tough week, falling to West Monroe 10-5, Ouachita Christian 11-1 and Benton 4-0.
Zach Hire went 2-for-4 with two RBI against West Monroe. Ryan Black and Chase Norcross had doubles. Schilling had a double against Ouachita Christian.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com