Parkway wins at Byrd for series split

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Parkway turned the tables on Byrd Thursday by getting a split in the 2-game District 1-5A series between the two schools with a 7-3 win at the Yellow Jackets’ home field.

The Panthers, who lost to the Yellow Jackets Wednesday at home, took a 6-0 lead into the sixth inning and held off a Byrd comeback attempt when the Jackets put up three runs.

Parkway (8-10, 1-1) got out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning as Zach Schoenborn had a run-scoring single and a couple of ground outs scored the other two runs.

Tanner Kirkland singled in a run in the fourth and the Panthers got two more in the fifth on an error and Shawn Driggers single for the 6-0 lead.

Byrd (10-6, 1-1) came alive in the sixth with three runs. An error allowed Connor Pierce to score the first run, Patrick Snead hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Brooks Brossette and Lake Lambert scored the third run on a passed ball.

The Yellow Jackets threatened to make it more interesting in the seventh inning by putting their first two batters on by walks, but Parkway reliever Tyler Bouillion struck out the next two batters and retired the last one on a ground out.

Sean Waits got the win on the mound for the Panthers going 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, while he struck out five and walked two.

Kirkland and Driggers led the Parkway 13-hit attack with three hits apiece. Zachary Clute had the Panthers’ only extra base hit with a double and was 2-for-3.

Dakota Futch was the only Jacket with multiple hits going 2-for-3.

Both teams continue 1-5A play with games Saturday with Byrd hosting Airline and Parkway visiting Captain Shreve.

BENTON 4, HAUGHTON 3: The Tigers scored the winning run in the seventh inning on a wild pitch and Sawyer Simmons held the Bucs to three hits as Benton evened the two-game 1-5A series. Simmons struck out seven and walked two in six innings to get the win.

Kenner Lauterbach doubled to lead off the seventh for Benton (8-8-2, 1-1) and scored the winning run on the errant pitch. Lauterbach had a single to go with the double as did Bryson Pierce. Josh Sanchez and Gavin Jacobs had two hits as well as the Tigers totaled nine in the game. Austin Anderson had two of Haughton’s three hits as the Bucs slip to 14-3, 1-1.

NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL 3, CAPTAIN SHREVE 2: The Chiefs scored the game-winning run in the sixth inning on an error and balk to get the District 1-5A win at home. Captain Shreve managed just two hits but got seven walks that helped lead to its two runs. Blake Fant was the hard-luck loser with 10 strikeouts and allowed five hits in the six innings. Fant had one of the two Gator hits with a double that helped lead to their first run.

AIRLINE 12, SOUTHWOOD 2: At Southwood, the Vikings picked up a 5-inning run-rule win in the District 1-5A opener for both teams. Cayden Long was 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs for Airline (7-7, 1-0) who had 10 hits on the day. Tyler Ferguson got the win by not allowing a hit in three innings, striking out six and walking two.

NORTHWOOD 8, MANY 1: The Falcons got a complete game from Christian Blackmon and slugged 11 hits in the non-district home win. Blackmon struck out eight while allowing one unearned run and four hits in posting the win. Cayne Little and Jaxon Bentzler both went 3-for-4 and Kendall Flournoy was 2-for-3 for Northwood (13-6).

CALVARY 10, MENARD 0: Jackson Legg pitched a 3-hit shutout and drove in four runs with two hits as the Cavaliers got the five-inning run-rule win. Kyzer Smith led Calvary’s 10-hit attack with three hits that included a double. Blayne McFerren and Hutch Grace joined Legg with two hits each as the Cavs improved to 10-8.