By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports
Benton used a 4-run fourth inning to take a 7-4 win over Natchitoches Central Thursday at home to claim a share of the District 1-5A baseball championship.
The Tigers share the championship with Haughton and Parkway, all finishing with 10-4 records in the district.
It is the ninth consecutive district championship for Benton, counting 1-4A titles from 2013-19 and Benton’s titles in 2020 and now 2022.
There was no champion in 2021 because COVID cut the season short.
A Cole Weir double to left put the Tigers ahead 4-3 to start the fourth inning scoring. An infield error scored Weir and a Hudson Brignac single and Kenner Lauterbach double brought in the final two runs for a 7-3 lead.
Sophomore lefthander Bryson Pierce got the win, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, four runs, one earned, as he struck out five and walked two for Benton (19-11).
Pierce also had a big night at the plate with three doubles to go along with Lauterbach and Weirs’ extra base hits.
BYRD 15, SOUTHWOOD 2: The Yellow Jackets needed just four innings to get the win in the final District 1-5A game of the season for both teams at The Hive. Tyler Nichols went 2-for-3 and Lake Lambert had two hits in two at bats with Nichols adding a triple for Byrd (17-14, 6-8). Patrick Snead also had a triple and David Favrot a 2-run double. Connor Pierce got the win by going the full four innings, allowing one hit and two runs. He walked six and struck out eight. Devin Watkins had a double for Southwood’s only hit as the Cowboys fell to 5-28, 0-14.
NORTHWOOD 4. EVANGEL 3: The Falcons defeated the Eagles for the second night in a row in their final at bat, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh for the non-district win at Evangel. A Luke Bloxom single tied the game and Cayne Little singled in Bloxom with the go-ahead run. Bloxom was the only Falcon with multiple hits with two in three at bats. Christian Blackmon pitched a complete game allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five for Northwood (26-8).
Evangel scored its three runs in the fourth inning thanks to RBI singles from Parker Fulghum and Garrett Burns and a run-scoring double by Brock Reedy, who finished with two hits for the Eagles, who fell to 16-15 on the season.
Photo by JOHN JAMES MARSHALL
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