Runs were plentiful around District 1-5A on Tuesday as three teams scored 11 or more to get wins and six of the eight teams in the district scored in double digits.
Airline needed nearly all of the 14 it scored to come up with the big win, a 14-10 defeat of Parkway, who entered the game tied for first.
Benton, the other team tied for first, picked up a run-rule victory over Southwood 14-0 to move into first place by themselves with a 7-2 record.
Haughton also got a run-rule win defeating Byrd 11-0 in five innings. Captain Shreve and Natchitoches Central went 10 innings and combined for 27 runs before the Gators prevailed.
AIRLINE 14, PARKWAY 10: The visiting Vikings banged out 16 hits led by Clayton Brandon’s five safeties, one a double, and he had five runs scored. Tyler Ferguson was 3-for-3 and scored four times. Mason Morgan, Logan Scripture and Bo Carter all had two hits with Morgan driving in four runs for Airline (12-12, 6-3). Evan Wendrock went the distance to get the win.
Trent Lape had two home runs and a double in going 3-for-3 with five RBI for Parkway (17-6, 6-3). Shawn Driggers was 2-for-4 and Barrett Newman had a double.
BENTON 14, SOUTHWOOD 0: The Tigers used three pitchers to two-hit the Cowboys and Benton’s hurlers struck out eight. Benton (15-12, 7-2) had 14 hits with Hudson Brignac, Brady Blaylock and Cole Weir having triples and Riley Bruton a double. Gavin Jacobs was 3-for-3 with two RBI, Kenner Lauterbach 3-for-3 and Blaylock 3-for-3. Blake Dixon, Blake Stephenson and Daniel Jayroe worked the mound for the shutout.
CAPTAIN SHREVE 14, NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL 13: It took 10 innings, late into Monday night, for the Gators to prevail at home. Shelton Harville ripped a walk-off single to score Aron Gillum to end the battle.
HAUGHTON 11, BYRD 0: Austin Anderson picked up his sixth win on the season in nine decisions, tossing a two-hitter and striking out seven. Christian Turner was 2-for-4 with three RBI, Brayden Stovall delivered a two-run double and Zach Ross, Dalton Meachum and Trent McGowen were all 2-for-3 with Ross going deep for Haughton (17-8, 4-5).