Fant’s big day helps Shreve gain series split with NCHS

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Blake Fant’s four-hit day lifted Captain Shreve past Natchitoches Central 7-3 on Sunday to earn a split in its 2-game District 1-5A series with the visiting Chiefs.

Fant was a perfect 4-for-4 Sunday including his fourth double of the week. He finished the week 13-for-16 at the plate and drove in five runs.

Sunday’s game was rescheduled after rain wiped out Tuesday’s game. The Chiefs won Thursday’s pitching duel matchup 3-2. Fant was the losing pitcher in that game despite only allowing 2 earned runs in six innings as he struck out 10.

The Gators scored three runs in the first inning and another run in the second Sunday to lead 4-1 entering the fourth inning when they added two more runs.

Natchitoches Central (10-8, 1-2) scored two runs in the fifth to cut its deficit in half at 6-3.

John Chance got the win for the Gators pitching 2 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, one run, one walk and struck out five. Chance also had a nice week at the plate with seven hits, including four doubles and 4 RBIs.

Will Stout and Shelton Harville came on in relief with Harville working the final 2 ½ innings, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three.

Designated hitter Walker Wicklund keyed the Gators’ 3-run first inning with a 2-run double with two outs. Chance singled in Cole Criswell with the first run.

BIG INNING LIFTS VIKES: Airline used a 7-run fourth inning to win at Byrd 11-2 on Saturday to stand as the only one undefeated in District 1-5A at 2-0. The Vikings got a 2-run home run from Michael Scripture to start the big uprising. Keegan Lehr drove in two runs with a single and Mike Morgan doubled home two runs. Chad Hemmings ended the scoring with a single.

Lehr finished 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Scripture and Morgan both went 2-for-4 with Scripture driving in three runs and Morgan two. Hemmings got the win allowing four hits in six innings, while he walked one and struck out five.

Christian Weddleton was 2-for-3 for Byrd (10-7, 1-2) and David Favrot had a double.

BUCS RUN-RULE CHIEFS: Haughton scored four runs in the second inning and six more in the third Saturday on its way to its 15th win in 18 outings. Austin Alexander was 4-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs. Jon Voigt and Roman Tolbert both drove in two runs for Haughton, who benefitted from 10 walks and three hit batsmen.

Haughton, Benton and Parkway are all 2-1 in district play.

BENTON BLASTS SOUTHWOOD: The Tigers scored nine runs in the first two innings to defeat the Cowboys 13-3 in six innings Saturday at Southwood. Josh Sanchez led a 12-hit day for Benton (2-1) with a 2-for-3 line. Cale Latier had a 2-run double in the 4-run first inning and Weir Cole doubled in one run. Brady Blaylock started the scoring in the 6-run third inning with a double to bring home one run. Colby Leeper pitched six innings for the win, allowing three runs on nine hits and he struck out nine.