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High school softball: Airline claims share of fourth straight district title

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The Airline Lady Vikings claimed a share of the District 1-5A championship with an 8-0 victory over Southwood on Thursday at Airline.

The Lady Vikings improved to 13-5 overall and finished district play 6-1. They will share the title with Natchitoches Central (18-7, 6-1).

Haughton and Benton, which handed Natchitoches Central its only district loss, finished one game back with 4-2 district marks.

The championship is Airline’s fourth straight. The Lady Vikings won in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Airline is a combined 41-2 in district play in the four championship seasons.

There was no champion last season because the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a week left in the regular season, Airline, Haughton and Benton are all on pace to make the playoffs.

According to GeauxPreps.com, Airline is No. 6 in the Class 5A power rankings. Haughton (14-9) is No. 14 and Benton (11-13) No. 24.

Benton and Haughton both dropped non-district games Thursday. The Lady Tigers fell to Calvary Baptist 12-1 at Calvary, and the Lady Bucs lost to Cedar Creek 14-9 at Haughton.

Parkway (8-13), which did not play Thursday, is No. 32.

The top 32 teams in the final rankings qualify for the playoffs with the top 16 hosting first-round games.

At Airline, Elena Heng led the Lady Vikings at the plate, going 4-for-4.

Pitcher Kenzee Perry, Jina Baffuto and Morgan Kunath all went 2-for-3. Paris Endris hit a home run.

At Haughton, the Lady Bucs cut a 10-3 lead to 10-8 with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. But the Lady Cougars scored four in the top of the seventh.

Brooklynn Bockhaus went 2-for-3 with a double three RBI. Reagan Jorstad and Alayiah Mingo had two hits each. Mingo had two RBI.

Elia Vickers belted a two-run home run. Madison Trujillo had a double.

At Calvary, Benton’s Christina Gegg had a double, one of three hits allowed by Riley Walker in the five-inning game.

Calvary (22-5) extended its winning streak to 18 games. 

NOTE: The above report is based on information on teams’ GameChanger accounts and provided by coaches.

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