Northwood outlasts Evangel for share of District 1-4A title

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Tucker McCabe’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted Northwood to a 6-5 defeat of Evangel and give the Falcons a share of the District 1-4A baseball title Wednesday at Northwood.

McCabe’s hit scored Kendall Flournoy, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the 10th and reached third on a sacrifice bunt.

Northwood’s win, along with North DeSoto’s 12-1 win at Minden, leaves the Falcons and Griffins at the top of the 1-4A standings at 5-1. Evangel and Minden finish tied for third at 4-2.

The Falcons’ heroics came after Evangel came up with some of its own in the sixth inning when it rallied with four runs to tie the game 5-5.

Kody Jackson started the rally with a one-out single. Parker Fulghum and Jayce Gill were both hit by pitches to load the bases. After a strikeout, Garrett Burns’  infield single scored Jackson to pull ECA within 5-2. A pair of infield errors followed that allowed the Eagles to tie the game 5-5.

McCabe led the Falcons with three RBI, one coming on a leadoff home run in the fifth inning. Cayne Little and Flournoy also had a pair of hits with Little scoring twice for Northwood (25-8).

Jackson led Evangel (16-14) at the plate, going 3-for-4 including a double, and Isaac Erickson singled and tripled.

CAPTAIN SHREVE 3, AIRLINE 1: At Airline, the Gators got the win they needed to secure a shot to play in the playoffs while the Vikings lost out on a chance to tie for the District 1-5A championship. Bryce Lopez tossed a complete-game 5-hitter, walking two and striking out seven. Senior first baseman Walker Wicklund drove in a pair of runs on a ground out in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that put Shreve ahead 2-1. A Hunter Willis bunt single drove in the Gators’ third run in the fifth. Korby Harrell went 3-for-4 for Shreve (16-17, 7-7).

Airline, which entered the game tied for second in 1-5A at 9-4 and just a game behind first-place Parkway (10-3), got its only run in the first inning when Matthew Scripture tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Scripture and Caleb Hemmings both had two hits for the Vikings, who put two runners on base in the seventh inning. But a strikeout, then a caught stealing ended the threat.

Tyler Ferguson suffered the loss despite allowing just three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six. Evan Wendrock relieved him and worked the final 2 2/3, allowing four hits, one walk and recording four strikeouts.

BYRD 6, NORTH CADDO 5: The Yellow Jackets got a run in the seventh inning to force extra innings and another in the ninth for the walk-off win at home in a non-district game with the Titans. Patrick Snead singled and doubled in four at bats, Dakota Futch had a double and Tyler Nichols tripled to lead Byrd (16-14).

Photo by JOHN JAMES MARSHALL