Benton downs Parkway to secure 1-5A crown

(Photo by JOHN PENROD, Journal Sports) 


Benton defeated Parkway 11-1 in six innings Thursday to wrap up the District 1-5A championship behind Sawyer Simmons’ two hitter.

The Tigers (19-13, 11-2) had four with multiple hits in a 10-hit night. Bryson Pierce and Gavin Jacobs were both 2-for-4 and Pierce had a triple while Cale Latimer and Case Jorden were both 2-for-3. Jorden led the team with two RBI and eight others in the lineup each drove in a run. 

Simmons had four walks and five strikeouts in his six innings of work. 

Shawn Driggers had both of Parkway’s hits on the night as the Panthers drop to 19-8, 8-5. 

AIRLINE 5, CAPTAIN SHREVE 0: At Airline, junior lefthander Carter White tossed a two-hitter for the Vikings, who moved into a second-place tie in 1-5A with Parkway. White walked two and struck out six in his seven innings on the mound for Airline (14-15, 8-5). Logan Scripture had two of Airline’s six hits, one a double. Captain Shreve falls to 20-12, 7-5. 

HAUGHTON 11, SOUTHWOOD 1: At Southwood, the Bucs got the six-inning run-rule win with Zach Ross getting the decision on the mound. Caleb Brown was 3-for-4 with a double and scored three runs. Colin Rains had a solo-home run while Austin Anderson was 2-for-3 with two doubles for Haughton (18-11, 5-8). 

NORTHWOOD 9, EVANGEL 3: At Evangel, the Falcons got the 1-4A win and finished in a tie with North DeSoto for the district co-championship. Tucker McCabe was 3-for-5 with a double and Jaxon Bentzler was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI for Northwood (23-7, 6-1). Christian Blackmon pitched six innings, allowed five hits, three earned runs, walked five and struck out three to get the win. Kody Jackson was 2-for-2 with a double and Jayce Gill 2-for-4 for Evangel (9-19, 5-2).  

CALVARY 22, D’ARBONNE WOODS 7: The Cavaliers had a parade of hits led by Cade Bedgood’s 4-for-5 night in posting the District 1-2A win. Kyzer Smith had two doubles and drove in four runs, Hutch Grace two doubles and three RBI and Jackson Legg doubled and homered and drove in five runs for Calvary (22-9, 10-0).