Red-hot Panthers take over first place in 1-5A

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Parkway won its seventh straight baseball game Thursday, beating Natchitoches Central 7-1 in a District 1-5A contest in Natchitoches.

With the win Parkway improves to 9-2 in 1-5A, ahead of Airline and Benton, both 8-3.

The Panthers’ last loss was a 19-6 drubbing at the hands of Benton. Since that game Parkway pitching has allowed 10 runs, only three in the last four games.

Tyler Bouillion and Shawn Driggers combined to hold the Chiefs to one run on six hits as they struck out nine. Bouillion picked up the win by allowing six hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out seven. Driggers pitched the final inning striking out two of the three batters he faced.

Ashton Martin led Parkway (18-11) at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Driggers had a two-run single in the Panthers’ three-run fifth inning.

HAUGHTON 11, BYRD 4: At Byrd, the Bucs used a pair of four-run innings to get the 1-5A win. Chan Lytle, Roman Tolbert and Parker Lowrie all had two hits with Tolbert and Lowrie getting doubles. Austin Alexander got the win on the mound going 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, walked three and struck out five. Alexander also had two RBI for Haughton (20-6, 7-4).

CAPTAIN SHREVE 17, SOUTHWOOD 5: At Southwood, the Gators had 10 hits and collected 13 walks from Cowboy pitching to get the 1-5A win. Walker Wicklund was the only Shreve batter with more than one hit, delivering a single and home run, scoring four runs and driving in four. Bryce Powell and Rhyson Carroway had doubles with Carroway driving in two runs.

MINDEN 5, EVANGEL 0: The Crimson Tide limited the Eagles to three hits to post the District 1-4A win at Griffith Stadium in Minden. Brody Bower went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, while he walked only one and struck out 11 for Minden (14-10, 3-1). Jakobe Jackson hit a two-run home run, Andrew Cooper doubled and Brandon Winston was 2-for-3 for Minden. Evangel dropped its first district game in four outings and is 13-12 overall.

NORTH DESOTO 4, NORTHWOOD 0: At Stonewall, the Falcons outhit the Griffins 7-6 but couldn’t find a way to get a run across in dropping their first District 1-4A game. Brendan Burns singled and doubled for Northwood (23-7, 4-1), which was shut out for the first time this season.