High school softball: Airline edges Haughton

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The Airline Vikings scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Haughton Lady Bucs 5-4 in a District 1-5A thriller at Airline on Tuesday.

Airline improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in district. Haughton dropped to 2-5. It was the Lady Bucs’ district opener.

Elsewhere in 1-5A, the Parkway Lady Panthers suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Captain Shreve 9-3 at home. Parkway dropped to 5-1 and 1-1. Shreve improved to 4-2 and 2-0.

At Airline, Haughton’s Savannah Salley tied the game at 4 in the top of the seventh with a two-RBI double.

Airline’s Kourtnee White led off the bottom of the inning with a double. After Caroline Easom singled, White scored the winning run on Maddie Ennis’ single to right field.

Ennis, the co-MVP on the 2016 All-Parish team, went 4-for-4. Easom, a freshman off to a great start, went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Freshman Jessica Grubbs, who pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, got the win in relief.

Haughton had five hits. Senior Lacey Dodson reached base four times, though. She had one hit and was hit by three pitches.

The Lady Bucs took a 1-0 lead in the third. After being hit by a pitch, Dodson stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a passed ball.

Airline took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Easom and Ennis led off with back-to-back singles. Both runners advanced on Grubbs’ groundout. Hannah Hutson brought home Easom with a single. Ennis scored on Megan Clinton’s sacrifice fly.

Haughton’s Hannah Borah scored a run on a passed ball to tie it in the fifth.

Airline answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Easom’s double scored Tori Ligman, who led off the inning with a walk. Easom scored the second on on an error.

Airline and Haughton continue District 1-5A play Thursday. The Lady Vikings visit Southwood and the Lady Bucs visit Captain Shreve.

At Parkway, Captain Shreve took advantage of some Parkway errors with some timely hitting to take a 5-2 lead after two innings. The Lady Gators added two more in the third.

Madelyn Elliott had two of Parkway’s six hits. Both of those were doubles. Shreve’s Lacee Page homered in the first inning.

NOTE: The above report is based on information on teams’ official GameChanger accounts.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com