Byrd showed the type of fight it will need to keep its season alive in the first round of the LHSAA playoffs Monday night.

No. 22 seed Haughton (17-12, 6-6) came out swinging and looked more prepared to handle the pressure of a winner-take-all game early in front of a packed bleachers filled with students from both schools at The Hive at LSU Shreveport. But when the Bucs eventually faltered, the No. 11 seed Yellow Jackets (19-10, 9-3) took advantage and found their stride for a decisive 10-4 win.

“We always play like we’re down by one run,” Byrd shortstop Zavier Moore said. “Even when we went up, we just said keep playing like we’re down by one run, never give in, put your foot on their throats and keep pressing.”

He started a much-needed rally with a leadoff walk in the fourth, and another walk to Zack Flash plus a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Lucas Henderson’s infield single would be the only hit of the inning, but the Yellow Jackets still scored two to get within one run and shift the momentum against Haughton ace Triston Carmack.

Only three of Byrd’s first nine hits reached the outfield, including Trent Touchet’s solo home run on Carmack’s second pitch of the game. But Steele Netterville’s one-out infield single opened the floodgates for a five-run fifth inning, when two bunts scored two runs to give the Yellow Jackets a 6-4 lead.

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