The Parkway Lady Panthers and Airline Lady Vikings posted shutout victories over parish rivals Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers downed Haughton 6-0 in a District 1-5A game at Parkway’s Dana Bailey Coya Field. Airline ran its record to 5-0 with a 3-0 victory over Benton at Benton.
Parkway senior Samantha Guile, a Southern Utah signee and first-team All-Parish selection last season, struck out 18 and limited the Lady Bucs to four hits.
The Lady Panthers broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the third. Parkway put the ball in play and took advantage of a couple of walks and errors.
Madelyn Elliott brought in the first run with a ground ball to second. Hannah Kennady singled in courtesy runner Makayla Strother with the second.
Maecy Ingram followed that with a double. Errors figured in the final two runs of the inning. The second one came on a hard hit ball by Rebecca Lynch that took a tough bounce.
Parkway added two more in the bottom of the sixth. Brittany Bryant’s double scored Abbie Norcross. Bryant advanced to third on a single by Guile and stole home.
Parkway’s Allie Hunt didn’t get a hit, but she had a couple of sacrifice bunts to put runners in scoring position.
Haughton pitcher Shelby Hensley allowed just four hits and two earned runs. Lacey Dodson, who is off to a fantastic start for the Lady Bucs, went 2-for-3.
Parkway improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in 1-5A. Airline is 1-0 in district. Defending champion Byrd, which defeated Southwood 12-0 Tuesday, is 1-1. Evangel, which defeated Captain Shreve 11-1, is also 1-1. Southwood is 0-1, and Captain Shreve is 0-2.
District 1-5A play resumes Thursday. Airline hosts Southwood, Parkway visits Captain Shreve and Haughton hosts Evangel.
At Benton, Airline’s Hannah Hutson pitched a three-hitter.
Jessica Baffuto went 2-for-3 with a home run. Jamie Roberts had two hits, including a double. Maddie Ennis continued her impressive start to the season, going 2-for-3. Kaylee Adams also had two hits.
Baffuto, Ennis and Kourtnee White were members of the Bossier City All-Stars team that finished second in the Little League Softball World Series in 2014.
It was Airline’s second victory over Benton this season. The Lady Vikings won 6-5 in eight innings last week.
Abi Cole, Abby Kent and Angel Martin had hits for Benton. The Lady Tigers return to action Friday against Rayville in a tournament in Northeast Louisiana.
NOTE: The above report is based on box scores and play-by-play on teams’ GameChanger accounts and information submitted by coaches.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org