The Airline Lady Vikings and Parkway Lady Panthers fell in the first round of the Class 5A softball playoffs Monday.
Airline, the No. 19 seed, lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 15 West Monroe at West Monroe. Parkway, the No. 29 seed, lost to No. 4 Mt. Carmel 11-0 in six innings in New Orleans.
Airline, the District 1-5A runner-up, finished the season 17-10. Parkway, which finished tied for third in 1-5A, finished 12-13.
At West Monroe, Airline took a 2-0 lead over the Lady Rebels (18-9) with runs in the top of the first and second. But West Monroe rallied with one in the second and three in the fourth.
Airline (17-10) cut the lead to onein the sixth on Kourtnee White’s RBI double, but a runner was thrown out at home trying to tie it.
The Lady Vikings didn’t threaten in the seventh.
White went 2-for-3 with the game. Jamie Roberts went 2-for-4. Kelci Johnson, Maddie Ennis, Kaylee Adams and Hannah Hutson all had hits. Hutson allowed just four hits in six innings.
The game was the last for seniors Kaitlyn Walker, Brittany Nelson, Roberts, Adams, Melissa Gillenwater, Belle Montalbano and Heather Simons.
“Though we didn’t get the outcome we desired, this group of seniors made the decision to buy in and build the program up from six wins last season to 17 and a bid to the playoffs this season,” Airline head coach Regina Digilormo said. “It was a hard-fought game and I could be prouder for what the future has in store and what we will continually work for.”
At New Orleans, Parkway managed just four hits off Mt. Carmel’s Shelby Wickersham. Madelyn Elliott had two of them.
Parkway got into an early hole when Mt. Carmel scored four in the first. The Lady Cubs (21-3) didn’t score again until the fourth, when they added two. They ended it with five in the sixth.
The loss ended the prep careers of Parkway seniors Kendall Lewis, Shea Lopez, Mary Kate Feaster, Rebecca Lynch, Brittany Bryant, Hannah Kennady and Samantha Guile.
Guile, an All-Parish pitcher who sat out most of the final third of the season with an injury, will continue her career at Southern Utah.
NOTE: The above report is based on box scores and play-by-plays from team’s GameChanger accounts and information received from coaches.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com