The Airline Vikings and Haughton Bucs swept their opponents in District 1-5A opening series last week, and the Benton Tigers got a big District 1-4A win over Minden.
Haughton (12-6, 3-0) and Airline (12-7, 3-0) start a key three-game series at 6 p.m. Thursday at Haughton. The teams meet again at 6 p.m. Friday at Airline and 2 p.m. Saturday at Haughton.
Benton (14-7, 3-0 through Monday) continues District 1-4A play against Northwood Tuesday and Loyola Wednesday. Both games start at 6.
Parkway (7-12, 0-3 through Monday) will try to turn its season around when it opens a 1-5A series at home at 6 Thursday against Southwood. Game 2 is Friday at 6 at Southwood and Game 3 is Saturday at 2 at Parkway.
Here is how parish teams fared last week.
Airline: The Vikings swept Byrd in three exciting, well-played games 2-1, 6-4 and 8-5.
In the opener, Airline scored a run in the bottom of the first extra inning to win it.
Tanner Daniel led off with a single, moved to second on Hayden Waxley’s sacrifice and scored on an error.
Peyton Davis had two of Airline’s four hits. Jacob James and Daniel had one each.
Kyle Backofen allowed just four hits in seven innings. Andrew Maxey allowed two hits in the eighth but made up for it by striking out two Jackets. He got the win.
In Game 2, Airline broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh.
James and Cameron Taylor had back-to-back one-out singles with James scoring the go-ahead run on Peyton Davis’ sacrifice fly. Peyton Coker singled and Adam Armstrong walked to lead the bases. Taylor scored on a balk.
Andrew Lowe struck out three Jackets in the bottom of the inning. Lowe scattered six hits and struck out six in the complete-game victory. He didn’t allow an earned run.
Daniel had two doubles. James had two hits, including a double.
In Game 3, the Vikings found themselves down 5-2 in the middle of the sixth. But they scored five in the bottom of the inning.
Waxley started things off with a one-out single. He moved to second when James was hit by a pitch and scored on Cameron Taylor’s two-strike double to center field.
Davis singled, scoring James. Taylor came home on the throw to tie it. Coker reached base on a good hustle play on a sharply hit ball to shortstop.
Coker then stole second and Davis slid home for the go-ahead run on an error by the third baseman. Ryan Phillips’ sacrifice fly scored James and Andrew Beene scored on an error to make it 8-5.
Waxley and Davis had three hits each. Armstrong went 2-for-3 with a double and walked once. Maxey, who pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth, got the win.
Haughton: The Bucs swept Southwood 5-4, 6-2 and 13-0. They also defeated North Webster 9-5 in a non-district game to go 4-0 for the week.
In Game 1 against Southwood, the Bucs broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the top of the seventh. Sam Wallace smacked a one-out double to left field and Jeremiah Wilson, running for Wallace, scored on Seth Ryan’s single.
Triston Carmack struck out 11 and scattered seven hits in the complete-game victory.
Ryan went 3-for-4. Carmack had two hits and three RBI. Tyler Davis had two hits. Andrew Sewell doubled.
In Game 2, Haughton broke open a tight game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Davis had two hits, and Carmack doubled. Jonathan Plant had two RBI.
Keith Ramsey got the win, scattering five hits and striking out four in four innings. Trey Morris and Nick Heckman combined on three innings of no-hit ball in relief.
In Game 3, Davis went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Ryan had two RBI. Plant, Ramsey and Carmack all had doubles. Kirkland Seals pitched a five-inning four-hitter.
Carmack had two doubles and three RBI against North Webster. Seth Bradshaw went 3-for-3. Wallace and Ryan had two hits each. Plant and Davis doubled.
Parkway: The struggling Panthers were sept by Captain Shreve 9-0. 10-1 and 13-3.
Ryan Black and Derius Bradford had Parkway’s only hits in Game 1. Demetrius McAtee had two of the Panthers’ four hits in Game 2. Carson Vaughn pitched a solid five innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs. The Panthers hurt themselves with six errors.
Parkway had six hits in Game 3 with Bradford getting two of them. Errors continued to plague the Panthers as they racked up eight. Jake Fayard allowed just one hit in four innings of relief.
Benton: The Tigers picked up a big 1-4A victory 3-2 at Minden after sweeping Huntington 16-3 and 15-2 in a doubleheader at Huntington.
Benton broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the seventh. Cameron Horton led off with a single and moved to second on Aaron Sheppard’s sacrifice bunt. Jaret Gill’s single to left field scored Horton.
Sheppard pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts. Horton also had a home run and two RBI. Gill had two hits. Wade Grubbs doubled.
Garrett Hable had two hits with a double and three RBI in the 16-3 victory over Huntington. Cody Norris, Coleman Nerren, Tyler Stephens and Sheppard had two RBI apiece. Jake Norris and Gill had doubles. Aaron Thompson pitched three innings of no-hit ball and struck out nine for the win.
Horton had two home runs and four RBI in the 15-2 win. Jake Norris and Will Hine had two RBI each. Grubbs, Branson Woodard and TJ Anderson all had doubled.
Woodard and Stephens combined on a five-inning three-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Bossier: The Bearkats (5-8) lost to Logansport and Summerfield. Devon Smith had a double against Logansport. Brent Wroblewski went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI against Summerfield. Derrick Jones and Jayke Stewart had two hits each.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org