Combined no-hitter lifts Airline baseball past Ruston

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Airline baseball got a combined 7-inning no-hitter Friday to defeat Ruston 2-1, and with a 10-0 shutout of Anacoco on Saturday improved its season record to 6-2.

Tyler Ferguson started and allowed just one unearned run in five innings of work with three walks and three strikeouts. Harrison Waxley came on in the sixth to finish out the no-no and get the win. The Vikings scored the winning run in the seventh inning on a wild pitch that scored Keegan Lehr. Lehr led off the seventh with his second hit of the day. After a sacrifice bunt moved him to second, a hit-by-pitch and a walk loaded the bases, setting the stage for the errant pitch to walk-off the win for Airline.

Carter White followed that gem with one of his own, shutting out Anacoco with a 2-hitter in five innings. He walked none and struck out five as the Vikings improved to 6-2 on the season.

Lehr, Tristan Hargrave and Caleb Hemmings all drove in two runs. Hargrave had two doubles in the game, the only Viking with multiple hits. Waxley had a hit and two walks that led to him scoring three runs on the day.

Byrd hard-luck loss: Yellow Jackets pitcher David Favrot struck out 13 over 7 innings and allowed just one earned run on five hits in a 3-1 loss to Ruston Saturday. Centerfielder Brooks Brossette had two of Byrd’s three hits, and scored its only run after a double, ground out and sacrifice fly by Christian Weddleton.

Haughton’s Rains hits: The Bucs’ Colin Rains had quite the Thursday, going 7-for-8 in splitting two games. Rains was 4-for-4 with two doubles in a 12-3 Buccaneer defeat of Texas High of Texarkana. Chandler Lytle, hitting one spot behind Rains, was equally impressive with two home runs and 6 RBIs. Josh Sewell matched Rains with two doubles from the leadoff spot in three at bats, and he drove in two runs.

Rains followed with three more hits and 3 RBIs later that day in an 11-6 loss to Ruston. The Bucs managed 9 hits in the game but no one else had more than one. Lytle had one and two walks that led to him scoring half of Haughton’s runs.

The loss halted a six-game win streak for Haughton, now 9-2.

Loyola moves over .500: The Flyers took a doubleheader from Southwood on Saturday 9-4 and 15-11 to run their win streak to three and push them over .500 with a 6-5 record. Jack Whatley got the first-game win allowing no runs on three hits in five innings. Loyola stole home twice in a 6-run second inning as the Flyers scored all of their nine runs in the first three innings. Parker Thomas’ two hits led a 9-hit day for LCP. Noble Means and Jesse Bynog had doubles for the only extra-base hits.

Loyola rallied in the second-game run-fest win. Southwood took a 7-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth when the Flyers scored six runs and added another seven in the sixth inning. Reagan Coyle had two hits, a double and 4 RBIs to lead the offense. Parker and Peyton Thomas both had two hits as well, with the two combining for three doubles.