High school baseball week in review: Airline, Benton take district titles

1990

The Airline Vikings and Benton Tigers wrapped up district championships last week.
The Vikings swept Parkway in their final regular-season series. Airline finished 24-10 overall and 13-2 in 1-5A. Captain Shreve (19-15, 10-5), which swept Southwood, finished second.
Haughton (19-12, 9-6) took two of three games from Byrd (19-15, 9-6) in its final series and finished tied for third with the Yellow Jackets.
The title was Airline’s second straight, but the Vikings had to share it with Captain Shreve last season.
Benton finished 11-1 in District 1-4A, winning the title for the third straight year. The Tigers (25-9) avenged their only district loss by defeating North DeSoto 2-1.
Here is a look at how parish teams fared last week.

Airline: The Vikings defeated Parkway 12-2, 11-0 and 7-1.
Airline scored seven runs in the top of the third in Game 1 to take a 10-0 lead.
Peyton Coker and Adam Armstrong had back-to-back singles with one out. Ryan Phillips was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hayden Waxley was hit by a pitch, making it 4-0. Tanner Daniel walked, bringing in the second run of the inning
Jacob James then scored two runs with a single to right field. Cameron Taylor topped the inning off with a three-run homer over the right field wall.
Coker had three hits, including a double, and three RBI in the game. Armstrong went 3-for-3. Taylor also had a double and went 2-for-4. Jarrett Bamburg doubled.
Waxley pitched a six-inning four-hitter, striking out four and walking only one.
The Vikings led just 1-0 through four in Game 2, but they finally got it going and scored four in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Peyton Davis allowed just one hit in six innings and struck out four. He also went 2-for-4. Ryan Phillips had two hits, including a double. James had a two-RBI double.
Davis led six Vikings with hits in the Game 3 victory, going 2-for-3 with a double. Coker also had double.
Taylor, Trey Forsythe and Andrew Maxey combined on a two-hitter.

Benton: The Tigers defeated North DeSoto in their only 1-4A game. In non-district games, they defeated Southwood 4-3 and lost to Ouachita Christian 10-9 in eight innings.
Tanner Craft pitched a four-hitter for the Tigers, striking out seven and walking none, against North DeSoto. Griffins ace Matt Ramsey limited Benton to six hits.
Branson Woodward went 2-for-2 with a double and walked once.
The Tigers scored single runs in the fifth and sixth. Benton took advantage of a hit-by-pitch, walk and wild pitch in the fifth. Josh Scherer had an RBI single in the sixth.
Against Southwood, Benton rallied from a 3-1 deficit with three runs on Taylor Ward’s triple in the bottom of the sixth.
Benton had three of its four hits in the inning. Cameron Horton led off with a single and Jaret Gill followed with a double. Scherer walked with two outs, setting the stage for Ward, who hit the ball to left field.
Aaron Thompson, who allowed six hits and struck out three in five innings, got the win.
The game against Ouachita Christian went into extra innings tied at 7. Benton scored two in the top of the eighth, but OCS answered with three in the bottom of the inning to win it.
Horton went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Woodward had two hits and three RBI.
Clayton Festavan had a two-RBI double. Wade Grubbs also had a double.

Haughton: The Bucs took two of three from Byrd, winning 4-3 twice and losing 8-4.
Haughton rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the top of the fifth in the first 4-3 victory.
Triston Carmack led off with a double. Jeremiah Wilson, running for Carmack, advanced to third on Kirkland Seals’ sacrifice and scored on Seth Bradshaw’s single. Jonathan Plant then made it a 3-2 game with a triple to right field.
Sam Wallace tied it with a single to right field. Wallace advanced to third on Seth Ryan’s single and scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball.
Carmack pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts. He retired the final nine Jacket batters in order.
Bradshaw went 3-for-4. Plant and Wallace had two hits each.
Ryan and Wallace had two hits each in the second 4-3 victory, which was the regular-season finale. Ryan went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Wallace went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Austin Clemmens got the win. He allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. Plant was outstanding in relief, pitching 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball and striking out three.
Plant was one of three players with two hits in the 8-4 loss. He went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Ryan and Keith Ramsey both went 2-for-3. Bradshaw had a double.

Parkway: The Panthers were swept by Airline.
Ryan Black and Chase Norcross had RBI singles in Game 1.
Caleb Stock pitched a solid complete-game for Parkway in Game 2, allowing just two earned runs. The Panthers hurt themselves with eight errors.

Bossier: The Bearkats defeated Mansfield 15-6 and lost to Many twice and North Webster.
Brent Wroblewski went 2-for-2 with three RBI against Mansfield. Kevin McCuthen had three RBI. McCuthen was also the winning pitching, allowing three hits in 4 1/3 innings. Devon Smith allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Wroblewski had three hits in the two games against Many. David Dunson went 2-for-3 in an 8-3 loss.