Morgan’s walk-off single sends Airline past Haughton in 1-5A baseball

SAFE FLYING: Northwood second baseman Jacob Murray leaps to try to catch a throw on a stolen base by Loyola’s Reagan Coyle (7).

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Mason Morgan delivered the two-out walk off single for Airline in a 3-2 District 1-5A win over visiting Haughton Saturday.

Morgan’s hit scored Triston Hargrave, who reached base after being hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Hargrave stole second after a strikeout and remained at second following a fly out. An intentional walk to Harrison Waxley brought Morgan to the plate where he drove a Roman Tolbert pitch back up the middle scoring Hargrave from second.

The two pitchers of record in the game had nearly identical stat lines. Airline’s Carter White picked up the win in relief working the final three innings, allowing one hit, walking two and striking out four. Tolbert took the loss despite allowing two hits in 2 1/3 innings, while he walked two and struck out four.

Nick Hensley had a double and home run for Haughton (17-4, 4-2). Morgan’s hit was his second of the game and matched Clayton Brandon, who also had two hits and an RBI for Airline (11-8, 4-1).

Benton’s defeat of Parkway Saturday gives both schools the same 4-2 mark as Haughton in district.

BENTON 19, PARKWAY 6: The Tigers had 18 hits on the day headed by Cale Latimer’s 4-for-4 performance with four RBI. Kenner Lauterbach was 3-for-4, while Hudson Brignac and Bryson Pierce both had two hits that included a double and two RBI. Cole Weir had two hits, two RBI and Josh Sanchez two hits and an RBI for Benton, now 12-9-2 overall.

Trenton Lape had a triple and single, Shawn Driggers a double and single and Cade Josting two singles and two RBI for Parkway (11-11).

CAPTAIN SHREVE 7, BYRD 2: The Gators took advantage of Yellow Jacket errors in a five-run second inning to get a the win Saturday at Byrd and a split in the District 1-5A two-game series. John Hoyt Chance’s two-run single drove in the final two runs of the inning for Shreve (9-14, 2-4). Cole Criswell and Christian Peyton both had two hits for the Gators. Brooks Brossette had two hits for Byrd (11-10, 2-4) that included an inside-the-park homerun.

NORTHWOOD 2, LOYOLA 1: The Falcons got two runs in the second inning and that proved to be enough in a pitcher’s duel between Northwood’s Christian Blackman and Loyola’s William Soignier. Brendon Burns’ RBI single and a wild pitch gave the Falcons the two runs as Blackman pitched into the seventh before Jaxon Bentzler came in to get out of a jam after a Chandler Carnahan RBI single. Soignier (5-2) struck out nine, allowed only three hits and did not walk a batter.


AIRLINE 6, QUITMAN 1: The Vikings’ Evan Wendrock went 6 1/3 innings allowing three hits, two walks and striking out five to get the non-district home win. Clayton Brandon was 3-for-4 with a double and Matthew Scripture 2-for-3 with a double for Airline.

LOYOLA 22-18, CEDAR CREEK 5-0: The Flyers had double-digit innings in both games of the doubleheader in Ruston, scoring 11 runs in the third inning of the first game and 11 in the first inning of the night cap. Chandler Carnahah was 5-for-6 with three doubles and six RBI in the two games. Peyton Thomas was 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBI and Noble Means had a grand slam in Game 1 as the Flyers had 21 hits. Gavin Brint (2-3) was the winning pitcher in the first game and Means (1-1) got the win in the second.