The Haughton Lady Bucs defeated the Captain Shreve Lady Gators with a run in the bottom of the 11th inning in a District 1-5A game Monday evening at Haughton.
The Lady Bucs evened their overall record at 12-12 and improved to 6-2 in district. Haughton visits Evangel Christian (15-4, 6-1) in a key 1-5A game Tuesday.
Savannah Salley hit a home run and doubled. Leah Hopson had two hits, including a double. Lauren Edwards, Hannah Borah and Lacey Dodson also had two hits. Dodson drove in two runs.
Hopson started the game on the mound and pitched 5 1/3 innings. Shelby Hensley pitched the final 5 2/3.
Haughton scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth. But the Gators pushed across three in the fifth and sixth to tie it.
The Lady Bucs loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, but a popup ended the threat.
Haughton put runners on base in the eighth, ninth and 10th but couldn’t get one home.
Salley led off the 11th with a double and advanced to third on Courtney Garrett’s sacrifice bunt. With one out, Edwards hit a fly ball to center, allowing Salley to tag up and score the winning run.
Captain Shreve, which had a six-game winning streak ended, dropped to 14-9 and 5-4.
In other District 1-5A games Tuesday, Airine (14-6, 7-1) hosts Southwood (14-7, 3-5) and Parkway (8-11, 2-6) visits Byrd (4-20. 0-10).
In District 1-4A, Benton (10-11, 2-1) hosts two-time defending champion North DeSoto (19-3, 5-0). The Lady Griffins were No. 2 in the Class 4A power rankings released Monday by the LHSAA. Benton was No. 11.
The top 32 teams generally make the playoffs with the top 16 hosting first-round games. For the first time, the softball playoffs will have non-select classes (public schools) and select divisions (non-public, magnet/dual curriculum and some charter schools).
Airline was No. 14 in the 5A power rankings. Haughton was No. 26 and Parkway No. 27.
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