Natchitoches Central shuts out Benton in key 1-5A clash

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Natchitoches Central pitcher Alex Dupuy tossed a 3-hit shutout as the Chiefs knocked off Benton 3-0 in a topsy-turvy District 1-5A baseball contest at Chad Hargis Field in Natchitoches Tuesday.

The loss drops the Tigers into a three-way tie for second in the district with Airline and Haughton at 9-4. Parkway is in first place at 10-3 and will play host to Haughton today at 6 p.m.

Dupuy worked 6 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out eight in posting the shutout for NCHS (16-15, 4-9). Cooper Hudson came on in relief and got the final two outs, one on a strikeout.

The Chiefs got the runs they would need in the first two innings. A Dalyn Davis single and error scored Hudson in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Natchitoches Central added two runs in the second inning when Levi Endris led off with a double and scored on a Dillon Braxton single. Dupuy drove in Braxton with the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

Davis was the lone Chief with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.

Sawyer Simmons was the losing pitcher for Benton, allowing four hits and three unearned runs in two innings. Cale Latimer relieved him and pitched the final four innings, allowing two hits. He walked one and struck out six.

BYRD 10, SOUTHWOOD 0: The Yellow Jackets get a complete-game, five-inning shutout from Kevin Robinson to defeat the Cowboys at home in District 1-5A. Robinson allowed four hits, one walk and struck out six for Byrd (15-14, 5-8). Tyler Nichols and David Favrot were both 2-for-3 with Favrot getting a double and driving in two runs. Devin Watkins had a double for Southwood (5-26, 0-13).

PARKWAY 12, CALVARY 0: At Calvary, Zach Schoenborn doubled, homered and drove in five runs to back the 2-hit pitching of Zachary Clute for the Panthers. Barrett Newman added a double in his 3-for-3 night that included three RBI. Cade Josting was also 3-for-3 with two RBI and Ashton Martin 2-for-3 for Parkway (20-12). Calvary (18-14) got hits from Cade Bedgood and Blaine Rogers.

NORTHWOOD 5, LOYOLA 1: The Falcons used a 4-run fifth innings to squeeze past the host Flyers at Cicero Field. Jack Carlisle got the win with a complete game 3-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts. Hudson Hearron and Brendan Burns both had doubles and Burns drove in two runs for Northwood (24-8). Tucker McCabe was 2-for-4 with two runs for the Falcons. William Soignier had a double for Loyola (18-11).

EVANGEL 19, BOOKER T. WASHINGTON 0: The Eagles needed just three innings to get the District 1-4A win. Isaac Erickson doubled, tripled and drove in three runs. Jacob Wilson hit a 3-run home run for Evangel (16-13, 4-1).