The annual Minden High School Invitational baseball tournament begins today and runs through Saturday.
The first game of the tournament is a 4 p.m. contest between Lakeside and Natchitoches Central. The nightcap of Thursday action is a 6 p.m. game between Parkway and North Webster.
The homestanding Tide will play their first game on Friday at 6 p.m. against in-parish rival North Webster. Preceding the Tide’s game is a 4 p.m. showdown between Lakeside and Parkway.
Saturday action begins at noon with a game between Lakeside and North Webster.
Following that battle of Webster Parish teams, Minden will play Natchitoches Central at 2 p.m.
The third game of Saturday action will be Parkway against Natchitoches Central. The Tide and Parkway will close the tournament with a 6 p.m. Saturday game.
Tide Takes Parkway
The Minden Crimson Tide notched a pair of victories at the Parkway tournament. The Tide looks to build on that momentum as they host their annual tournament beginning today.
Crimson Tide 6, Captain Shreve 4
The Crimson Tide outlasted Captain Shreve after seven lead changes, squeaking out a 6-4 win.
Minden finally managed to grab the lead after a strong fifth inning.
It was a good day at the plate for the Crimson Tide's Jacob Johnson. Johnson went 2-5, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the first and second innings.
The top of the first saw the Tide take an early lead, 1-0. Johnson kicked things off with a single. A groundout by Austin Summer then moved Johnson from first to second. Turner Francis doubled, scoring Johnson.
After a quick strike, Captain Shreve responded with three runs in the first.
The Tide tallied one run in each of the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. In the second, the Tide scored on the RBI single by Johnson, plating Caleb Jones.
Tide baserunners came all the way around to score in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth. In the fourth, the Tide scored an RBI double by Austin Sumner, scoring Turner Francis.
Crimson Tide 9, Haughton 7
After five lead changes in a game against Haughton, the Crimson Tide finally pulled out a 9-7 win over the Bucs.
The Tide managed to grab the lead after a strong sixth inning, going up for good on a two-run double by Turner Francis, scoring Austin
Keough and Mikey James. Turner racked up three RBIs on three hits for the Tide.
The Tide jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a double by Francis plating James to start off the inning. The Tide then tacked on more runs when Francis scored on a wild pitch.
Minden brought home two runs in the third inning, and matched that run total in the sixth. In the third, the Tide scored on a two-run error, plating James and Francis. Tide baserunners came all the way around to score in each of the fourth, fifth and seventh. In the fourth, the
Tide scored on an error, scoring Gunner Stephens.