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Airline's offense keeps finding ways to win at Byrd
April 6, 2016, 2:52 am

 

No one would mistake Airline’s dominant baseball team for an offensive juggernaut this season.

By Luke Thompson, The Times

Strong pitching performances continue to be the key to success, and Cameron Parikh turned in another one to quiet Byrd’s powerful lineup in a 5-3 road win Tuesday night. But the Vikings (18-4, 4-1 District 1-5A) wouldn’t be the No. 5 team in the latest kenramsey 5A power rankings without a knack for scoring runs and finding hits at just the right times.

“We’re just playing really competitive right now,” right fielder Hayden Waxley said. “Byrd’s always a good team to beat. They’re always real competitive, too, so we’ve got to just one up them every time.”

The leadoff man’s two singles made him the only Airline player with multiple hits, including one to open the game. Yellow Jackets ace Andrew Suggs had to work his way out of a jam to keep the Vikings from scoring after they loaded the bases with one out.

Coach Toby Todd made sure that didn’t happen again in the second when he called for Waxley to lay down a safety squeeze after Parikh moved baserunners to second and third on a sacrifice bunt of his own. Waxley said batting practice always begins with bunts and it’s clear anyone in the lineup must be ready to lay one down.

Walks proved crucial to the Airline attack as well, particularly for Chase Hodges, who came around to score after earning a free pass to lead off the second and fourth. The Vikings made Suggs work hard for every out, often taking him deep into counts and only going down in order once through his 6 1/3 innings.

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