The Tigers secured their second straight District 1-4A championship Saturday by beating Loyola.
Loyola (9-19, 5-4) took a 2-0 lead before Benton (23-8, 10-1) scored five straight runs, four of them unearned thanks to four Flyers errors.
Benton’s Aaron Sheppard allowed two runs on four hits in the complete game. Seven Tigers recorded hits with Josh Scherer getting two. Loyola’s Tatum Peters had a pair of hits.
Benton climbed to No. 4 in the kenramsey.com’s power ratings before Saturday’s game. Loyola is still in the playoff hunt at No. 32.
Airline 6, Shreve 1
Airline’s Peyton Davis contributed two RBIs as pitcher Cameron Taylor held the Gators scoreless until the seventh inning Saturday.
The Vikings (16-14, 9-3) took the District 1-5A lead after Southwood beat Byrd (17-13, 8-4) twice this weekend.
Airline allowed six total runs to Shreve (10-21, 4-8) in a three-game sweep, the Vikings second consecutive district sweep.
Coach Toby Todd said after Friday’s win that the Vikings can’t focus on anybody but themselves, and now that’s all they have to do with a one-game lead.
Airline finishes district play with a three-game series against Parkway this coming week.
The Vikings are fighting for a playoff spot and could use the district’s automatic bid sitting at No. 31 in kenramsey.com’s power ratings.
Southwood 4, Byrd 3
Southwood scored two seventh-inning runs Saturday to beat Byrd 4-3, the Cowboys (6-20, 3-9) second comeback victory to take the series from the former district-leading Yellow Jackets (17-13, 8-4).
Christian Harris put the Cowboys up 4-3 in the seventh when he sacrifice flied to score Zach Dare after John Barnette scored on a passed ball to tie the game.
Reliever Adam Perse pitched two scoreless innings, including recording the final out with two runners aboard.
Perse and Dare each recorded two hits in the win while Byrd’s Steele Netterville and John Snyder each produced a pair of hits.
The Cowboys (6-20) won their first series this season and snapped a nine-game losing streak with Friday’s 6-3 win.
Coach Bobby Gilliam said the Cowboys have endured a maturation process that went from learning how to compete to learning how to win.
“It’s been awhile since we’ve won a series here … and we had to learn how to compete and stay in games first,” Gilliam said. “There are times when you know you are getting better but aren’t being rewarded, so the wins this weekend were a great reward for these guys.”
“For us, we’re starting to come through in pressure situations, especially offensively. Lately we’ve been making some things happen.”
Southwood has seven seniors, but Gilliam said the team will return plenty of experience, especially in the infield, to continue building the program’s foundation.
Parkway 7, Haughton 4
The Panthers struck for six fourth-inning runs (four unearned) to get past the Bucs.
Four of those runs scored on wild pitches or passed balls, and two Haughton (13-17, 5-7) errors early in the inning helped the Panthers (15-16, 7-5) pull ahead.
Parkway’s Austin Averitt and Haughton’s Sam Wallace each had two hits.
Pitcher Rob Harper got the win with three earned runs in six innings. Parkway (No. 44) and Haughton (No. 40) will likely need help to make the playoffs.
Evangel 10, St. Mary’s 2
The Eagles (22-7-1) pulled away by scoring eight runs in the final three innings Saturday.
Austin Stegall, Patrick Crouch and Hunter Shaw each recorded two RBIs while Blake Buckman got the win with two runs (one earned) in four innings.
Lakeside 13, Haynesville 3
After Haynesville scored three first-inning runs, Lakeside’s Cameron Corely provided a boost on the mound and at the plate.
He provided four hits, two runs and two RBIs as well as four scoreless innings after the Golden Tornado got to him in the first.
The Warriors (17-10) are battling for a home playoff spot at No. 15.
Despite committing six errors in the first two innings, No. 20-seeded Stanley advanced to the second round of the LHSAA Class B state softball playoffs on Saturday with an 11-6 road win against No. 13 Holden. Kiley Cloud (2-12) picked up the victory with hitting support from Alyssa Welborn (3-for-4, double, 3 RBIs), Brianne Weeks (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) and Kaitlan Welborn (3 walks, 3 runs scored).
The Lady Panthers (11-17) advance to play the winner of Monday’s game between No. 4 Fairview and No. 29 Dodson.