Northwood wins series to advance to quarterfinals

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Northwood won two games Saturday after dropping its first in an LHSAA baseball regional round playoff series with Cecilia to advance to the state Class 4A quarterfinals this week.

The Falcons were up against elimination after losing 9-1 in the first game on Friday but came through with a 9-7 win in game two and advanced with an 11-1 rout in six innings in game three of the best-of-3 series.

Northwood got out to a 9-2 lead through 4 ½ innings in game two and held on to stave off elimination. The Falcons broke open a 2-2 game in the fourth inning with five runs. Kendall Flournoy broke the tie with a 2-run double. Ryan Garner then sent one over the fence in left field for a 3-run home run and a 7-2 Northwood lead.

Christian Blackmon picked up the win after pitching five innings, while he allowed six hits, six runs, walked five and struck out seven. Jack Carlisle closed things out by working the last two innings to get the save.

Flournoy, Hutson Hearron and Hayden Phipps all had two hits for Northwood.

There was little doubt in game three as Carlisle allowed just four hits and one run in six innings as the Falcons run-ruled the visitors.

Tucker McCabe went 2-for-4 and led off the game for Northwood with a home run to left field. Hearron had two doubles while Phipps and Gardner both had two hits.

Northwood improved to 29-9 and will now play district rival North DeSoto (31-5) in the quarterfinals.

HAUGHTON FALLS TO CENTRAL-BR: The Bucs ran into two outstanding pitchers both Division I signees and fell to the Wildcats by identical scores of 6-2. In the first game LSU signee D.J. Primeaux limited Haughton to four hits and two runs in a complete game where he walked two and struck out 11. Austin Anderson’s fifth-inning single drove in both of Haughton’s runs.

The Bucs dropped game two on Saturday despite outhitting Central 8-7. Jimmy Johnson, a Southeastern La. signee, walked one and struck out 11 in allowing just two runs.  Chandler Lytle and Parker Lowrie both had two hits and drove in both Haughton runs. Colin Rains had the only extra base hit with a double for Haughton, who finished the season 27-8.

PARKWAY FALLS AT ZACHARY: The Panthers had the Broncos on the brink of elimination with a game one win on Friday 6-5 and a 3-1 lead in the deciding game three. But the hosts walked it off in the seventh inning with a 2-run single with two outs to win 4-3.

Game three came about after the Broncos scored three runs in the ninth inning to win game two 4-1. Sean Waits held Zachary to three hits and one run in six innings. He walked three and struck out four. Abel Thetford doubled in Zachary Clute with the Panthers’ only run.

Ashton Martin and Shawn Driggers had consecutive doubles to drive in runs in the fifth inning that gave the Panthers a 6-3 lead in the game one win. Driggers, Tanner Kirkland, Trent Lape and Zachary Clute all had two hits for Parkway (23-15) with Lape getting a triple. Cade Josting got the win going 6 2/3 innings, while he allowed seven hits, four runs, walked four and struck out seven. Tyler Bouillion came in to get the final out and record the save after Zachary scored a couple of runs to pull within one in the seventh inning.

LOYOLA ELIMINATED BY UNIVERSITY LAB: The Cubs scored two runs in the seventh inning of game two in the best-of-3 series in Baton Rouge to win 4-2 and take the series after winning the first game 14-4.  William Soignier suffered the game two loss despite scattering nine hits, permitting one earned run of four runs allowed as he struck out five. He also had a double for one of the Flyers’ two hits in the game. Loyola finished its season 19-14.

EVANGEL DROPS SERIES TO ST. MICHAEL: The Eagles dropped both games in the best-of-3 series with the Warriors of Baton Rouge. St. Michael won Friday’s first game 6-1 and Saturday’s second game 5-4. Evangel ended the season an even 17-17.

Photo by JOHN JAMES MARSHALL


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