Haughton, Benton, Parkway Advance In Playoffs
I’m not much of a sports writer, but I pay close attention to the real pros, Jerry Byrd and Russell Hedges of the Bossier Press Tribune and Jason Pugh at the Shreveport Times, so here’s my first attempt to recap all the action yesterday as the Louisiana Class 4A State Baseball playoffs began. It became really obvious to everyone at all 3 parks that Bossier Parish came to play with all 3 teams advancing to the next round. Haughton beat Minden 10-5, Benton won over Northwood 11-1 and it was Parkway over Beau Chene 10-3. The way the LHSAA seeds teams for the play-offs will insure that at least one of our 3 local teams will advance to the quarter finals, but no more than 2. Haughton will play host to Parkway this coming Tuesday at 6pm and the winner of that game will make the quarter finals. Either Monday or Tuesday, Benton will face Ruston and that winner will also advance. In the Haughton/Minden game, Buddy McCoy (yeah, that’s our Buddy) hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning to assure Minden that the Bucs’ bats had not cooled off. Buddy now has 16 home runs for the year that ties the Bossier Parish single season record high. Thomas Stanfield and Josh Walker both went 2 for 4 and Brendon Kelley pitched another stellar game taking his record to 6-1.
Benton’s Jerry Lawrence got the win over Northwood as Silas Jennings and Andrew Cole handled things for Benton at the plate with a couple of RBIs each.
In Parkways’ win over Beau Chene, Dylan Williams, Cody Knowles, Carson Baranik, Dylan Wilson and Jacob Hiers share the limelight of the hitting highlights video and Cody Knowles additionally gets the win from the pictcher’s mound.