Parkway sweeps Airline series, joins Benton in first place

UNHITTABLE: Parkway pitcher Sean Waits did not allow a hit in five innings in a win over Airline on Tuesday.

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Parkway got another stellar pitching effort in defeating Airline 5-1 Tuesday to sweep the two-game District 1-5A series at Airline.

With the win, Parkway joins Benton at the top of the 1-5A standings at 8-2. Airline slips out of the three-way tie and is now in third at 7-3 and Haughton is fourth at 6-4.

Sean Waits got the start on the mound for Parkway and didn’t allow a hit in five innings. He walked two and struck out five to get the win. Cade Josting came on in relief to finish the final two innings and allowed the Vikings only hit and run, walking two and striking out a pair. 

Trent Lape, Tanner Kirkland, Zach Schoenborn and Shawn Driggers all had doubles. Lape, Kirkland and Driggers also had singles to add to the extra-base hits.

HAUGHTON 17, SOUTHWOOD 2: At Southwood, the Bucs got nine runs in the first inning and cruised to the five-inning District 1-5A win Tuesday. Colin Rains had two hits and two RBI. Nick Hensley, Caleb Brown and Parker Lowrie all went 2-for-3 with Lowrie scoring a game-high four runs for Haughton (19-6, 6-4).

BYRD 5, NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL 3: At Byrd, the Yellow Jackets matched the Chiefs’ three-run second inning with a three-run fourth and notched single runs in the first and sixth innings for the 1-5A win Tuesday. Lake Lambert was 3-for-3, Patrick Snead singled and homered in two at bats and Christian Weddleton was 2-for-3 with a double for Byrd (13-12, 4-6). Snead was the winning pitcher going six innings, allowing 10 hits, three runs, walking one and fanning seven. NCHS falls to 15-13, 3-7.

NORTHWOOD 11, HUNTINGTON 0: At Northwood, the Falcons got a two-hit shutout from Ryan Gardner and Jacob Murray in the five-inning District 1-4A win Tuesday. Tucker McCabe doubled and tripled and drove in four runs, Hutson Hearron doubled in two runs and Hayden Phipps tripled in two. Gardner allowed one hit in four innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. Murray struck out two of the four batters he faced to close out the win for Northwood (23-6, 4-0). Ashton Riley was 2-for-2 for Huntington (2-13, 1-3).

LOYOLA 22, BOSSIER 5: The Flyers needed just four innings to score the District 1-3A win at Bossier Tuesday. Nobody had multiple hits but Loyola had the same number of hit batsmen (eight) as they did base hits. Three players were hit twice, Konnor O’Neal (raising his season total to 22), Mason Worley and Murphy Tamplin. Flyers with extra-base hits included William Soignier, Gray Deason, Chandler Carnahan with doubles and O’Neal lined a triple. Carnahan had a team-high three RBI and Jesse Bynog got his first decision of the season, pitching 1 1/3 inning, when he allowed no hits, walked two and struck out three. Loyola is now 18-10 overall and 6-0 in 1-3A.