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Haughton, Benton eye spots in state softball tournament

Russell Hedges

The Haughton Lady Bucs and the Benton Lady Tigers are one win away from a spot in the FastPitch 56 State Softball Tournament.
Haughton (18-10), the No. 13 seed, is in New Orleans today for a 4 p.m. game against No. 4 Mt. Carmel (20-8).
Haughton lost to Mt. Carmel 4-3 in the West Monroe tournament on March 29.
Benton, the No. 7 seed, hosts No. 10 Assumption  (15-15) at 2 p.m. Saturday in a second-round Class 4A game.
Haughton knocked off No. 20 seed St. Joseph’s Academy 7-0 at home in the first round Tuesday. Benton defeated No. 26 Franklinton 11-0 in five innings in its first-round game at Benton.
Airline , the No. 21 seed in Class 5A, almost pulled off an upset against No. 12 Northshore in Slidell before losing a 10-9 heartbreaker.
The Lady Vikings, who finished the season 15-12, led 8-6 after 4.5 innings, but Northshore scored four in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Airline scored one in the sixth but couldn’t get the tying run.
Parkway, the No. 31 seed in Class 5A, lost to No. 2 Ouachita 6-0 in Monroe. The Lady Panthers finished the season 11-16.
At Haughton Tuesday, the Lady Bucs hit five home runs, including two by Haley Krumpelbeck.
Anna Dies, Savannah O’Neal and Miranda Ogletree had one apiece.
Dies, who went 2-for-4, allowed just one hit and struck out 12 in six innings.
O’Neal also had two hits, and Natalie Smith had a double.
At Benton, Gabby Kespelher allowed just two hits in five innings and struck out six.
Yancey Cox went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a single. Taylor Thompson had two doubles.
Brittany Craig and Abi Cole had two hits each, including doubles.
At Slidell, Airline pounded out 14 hits, equalling Northshore’s total.
The Lady Vikings left the bases loaded three times and hurt themselves with five errors.
Carly McIntosh went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Cheyanne Hutchins also had three hits.
Miranda Young went 2-for-4 with a double. Ashley Salinas also had a double.
At Ouachita, the Lady Panthers managed just two hits in the loss to the No. 2 seed.

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