Evangel gets extra-inning win, stays tied for first with Northwood

DISTRICT CHAMPS: Loyola clinched the District 1-3A championship Friday with a doubleheader sweep of North Webster in Springhill.

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Jayce Gill delivered a walk-off bunt single for Evangel in the ninth inning as the Eagles defeated North DeSoto 3-2 in a District 1-4A baseball game at Evangel.

The win gives Evangel a 3-0 district record, the same as Northwood atop the district standings.

The Eagles manufactured a run in the seventh to tie the game 2-2 and force extra innings. Brock Reedy led off with an infield single, advanced to second on a passed ball and third on a sacrifice bunt. He then scored the tying run on a Caleb Lenard suicide squeeze bunt.

Lenard came on in relief to get the win working 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, no runs or walks and he struck out two.

Evangel is 13-10 overall while North DeSoto slips to 20-4, 1-1.

NORTHWOOD 7, MINDEN 1: Christian Blackmon tossed a complete game four-hitter and Cayne Little doubled and tripled as the Falcons stayed undefeated in District 1-4A and tied with Evangel at 3-0 for first place. Little finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and Tucker McCabe added a double. Northwood is 20-6 overall while Minden drops to 12-8, 2-2.

LOYOLA 14-13, NORTH WEBSTER 10-3: At Springhill, the Flyers won the District 1-3A title with the sweep of the Knights. Reagan Coyle was 5-for-8 in the two games with five RBI for Loyola (16-10, 5-0). Chandler Carnahan was 4-for-9 with a double and Konnor O’Neal 3-for-5 with a double. Noble Means (2-1) got the win in the first game and William Soignier (6-3) pitched all five innings of game two and recorded 10 strikeouts for the win.

AIRLINE 9, NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL 3: At Natchitoches, the Vikings used a five-run third inning and three-run sixth to roll past the Chiefs and remain in first place in District 1-5A at 7-1. Three NCHS errors led to three Viking runs in the third inning and Matthew Scripture singled in the last run of the inning. Harrison Waxley came on in relief and pitched the final five innings, allowing one run and three hits. He walked three and struck out four for Airline (14-8).

Carson Carey was 2-for-4 and had a two-run double in the sixth inning when the Vikes added three insurance runs. Carey led Airline with three RBI, Scripture had two hits and two RBI and Cayden Long a double.

Natchitoches Central drops to 14-11, 3-5 with the loss.

BENTON 5, BYRD 2: Bryson Pierce pitched a complete game two-hitter and struck out 12 as the Tigers improved to 14-9 overall and 6-2 in 1-5A. Benton scored four runs in the second inning as Pierce and Kenner Lauterbach had run-scoring singles. Yellow Jacket errors helped the other two runs to score. Byrd got its only two runs in the third inning on a ground out and error to close to within 5-2 but that would be all the scoring in the game. Byrd (11-12, 2-6) third baseman David Favrot had a double for one of the Jackets’ two hits.

PARKWAY 8, SOUTHWOOD 4: The Panthers had 12 hits and five pitchers combined to limit the Cowboys to four hits to improve to 6-2 District 1-5A and 13-11 overall. Zach Schoenborn and Cameron Fink both had two hits that included a double, while Ashton Martin and Tanner Kirkland both had two singles. Barrett Newman doubled and Cade Josting tripled to add to the extra-base hit list for Parkway. Schoenborn had two RBI and eight different Panthers scored runs. Southwood drops to 5-20, 0-8.

CAPTAIN SHREVE 6, HAUGHTON 1: The Gators took advantage of five Buc errors to score four unearned runs and sweep the two-game series. Hunter Willis went the distance for Captain Shreve (11-14, 4-4) scattering six hits. He allowed one run, two walks and struck out three. Haughton (17-6, 4-4) pitcher Austin Anderson had the only extra-base hit in the game with a double and was 3-for-4. On the mound Anderson lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowed five hits, two earned runs of five allowed as he walked two.

GLENBROOK 6, CALVARY 5: At Glenbrook, the Apaches scored a run in the eighth inning to hand the Cavaliers their first District 1-1A loss of the season. Cody VanNoppen was 2-for-3 with a double and Caden Flowers 2-for-4 for Calvary (14-11, 3-1). Glenbrook improves to 12-11, 3-1.

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