The Airline Lady Vikings held off the Haughton Lady Bucs 9-7 in a District 1-5A softball game Thursday at Haughton.
In the other District 1-5A games, the Parkway Lady Panthers fell to Captain Shreve 11-5 at Shreve and the Evangel Christian Academy Eagles defeated Byrd 10-0 at home.
Airline (14-6, 7-1) remained in first by a half-game over Evangel (15-4, 6-1). Haughton (10-11, 4-2) is third.
In District 1-4A, the Benton Lady Tigers defeated Northwood 11-10 in eight innings at Northwood.
Benton improved to 8-11 overall and 2-1 in district. Two-time defending state champion North DeSoto (16-3, 5-0) leads the 1-4A division that includes Benton, Northwood and Caddo Magnet.
At Haughton, Airline scored four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 9-1 lead. But the Lady Bucs came back with two in the bottom of the inning and four more in the seventh.
The Lady Bucs had runners at second and third with two outs but a popup ended the game.
Freshman Caroline Easom had a big game for Airline, going 3-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBI. Lexi Gray went 2-for-3. Maddie Ennis had two hits and an RBI.
Jessica Grubbs was the winning pitcher. She allowed four hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts in five innings.
Haughton’s Hannah Borah had a home run, double and three RBI. Savannah Salley went 2-for-4 with a home run and RBI. Shelby Hensley also hit a home run. McKayla Burkart and Lauren Edwards had doubles.
At Captain Shreve, Madelyn Elliott went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Parkway’s loss. Faith Ingles and Allie Hunt had two hits each. Abbie Norcross had a double.
Parkway dropped to 8-10 overall and 2-5 in district. Captain Shreve improved to 13-8 and 5-3.
At Northwood, Benton led 8-0 after 3 1/2 innings, but the Lady Falcons scored eight in the bottom of the fourth to tie it.
Benton went ahead 9-8 in the sixth but Northwood answered with a run in its half and the game went in extra innings tied at 9.
Benton’s Makenzie Chaffin led off the eighth with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball and third on Taylor Jones’ groundout.
She scored scored on a two-out error, making it 10-9. Sarah Koeppen, who had walked after Chaffin’s single, advanced to third. Marissa Martin came in to run for Koeppen and scored on a single by Olivia Oliphint.
The Lady Falcons scored an unearned run with two outs and followed that with a single. But Koeppen induced a fly ball and center fielder Hallie Saintignan caught it to end the game.
Chaffin went 5-for-5 with a double. Jones had two hits, including a double, and three RBI. Koeppen had a two-RBI double and walked three times. Brittany Ulmer had a double.
NOTE: The above report is based on information on teams’ official GameChanger accounts.
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