By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports
Trent Lape’s three-run home run in the seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie and led Parkway to a 6-3 defeat of Natchitoches Central Saturday in Natchitoches.
It was Parkway’s eighth straight win and kept the Panthers in first place in District 1-5A with a 10-2 mark, just ahead of Benton at 9-3. The Panthers are now 19-11 overall.
Parkway took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Lape broke a scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the fifth inning and the Panthers added another run in the sixth.
Natchitoches Central (15-15, 3-9) took advantage of a two-out Parkway error to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth.
Colton Smith picked up the win out of the bullpen, pitching a perfect 1 1/3 innings. Shawn Driggers started and went 1 1/3 innings, allowing no hits or runs and struck out four. Cade Josting relieved him and worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, and three unearned runs as he walked one and struck out four.
Benton bounced back after its 18-1 loss to Airline on Thursday to defeat Zwolle 8-2 Friday and the Vikings 7-2 on Saturday.
Preston Hill shut out the Vikings until the sixth, an effort that allowed the Tigers to take a 6-0 lead. Hill scattered five hits and gave up two unearned runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. He walked three and struck out seven. Cale Latimer came on to finish the final 1 2/3 with one walk and three strikeouts.
Hudson Brignac and Griffin Sibley led Benton (18-10 overall) at the plate with two hits apiece. Bryson Pierce had a big two-run single in a four-run fifth inning.
Noah Littleton had a pinch-hit run-scoring single for Airline (17-11, 8-4) in a two-run sixth inning.
Benton defeated Zwolle as Kenner Lauterbach was 3-for-4, Pierce 2-for-4 with two RBI and Josh Sanchez 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Haughton ran its win streak to four games with a 4-1 win at home against Byrd to sweep the series with the Yellow Jackets.
Freshman Landon Gaby picked up his first win in relief of Caleb Brown. Gaby pitched 2/3 of an inning allowing one hit and retiring the other two batters he faced.
Colin Rains singled and doubled in three at bats and Austin Anderson was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for Haughton (21-6, 8-4).
Tyler Nichols led Byrd (13-14, 4-8) with two hits in three at bats.
Captain Shreve ran its win streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep of D’Arbonne Woods Friday (9-3, 10-0) and finished off a 2-game 1-5A series sweep of Southwood Saturday with an 18-2 win.
Blake Fant tripled and homered and drove in five runs to highlight Saturday’s defeat of Southwood. Bryce Lopez got the win by pitching two innings, allowing no hits or runs. He walked one and struck out five for Shreve (15-16, 6-6).
In Friday’s doubleheader Fant had two doubles, a home run and drove in seven runs.
Christopher Peyton was 3-for-5, with a double, home run and three RBI. Hunter Willis 4-for-4, with a double and two RBI while he picked up the win in game one, registering four strike outs in six innings.
Northwood suffered its first District 1-4A loss of the season in a 12-1 six-inning decision to North DeSoto Friday. The Falcons managed only two hits to drop to 23-8 overall and 4-1 in district. The win gives the Griffins a 25-4 overall mark and 3-1 in 1-4A.
Calvary and Evangel split a doubleheader on Saturday with the Eagles winning the first game 4-3 and the Cavaliers winning 8-7 in 12 innings in the second game.
Logan Fontenot and Aubrey Hermes both singled and doubled for Calvary (18-13) in the first game. Jayce Gill had two hits for Evangel that included a double.
Caden Flowers had three hits for the Cavs in the second game win and Jackson Legg homered. Garrett Burns had three hits for ECA (15-13) and Isaac Erickson added two hits and three RBI.
Photo by JOHN JAMES MARSHALL