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High school softball: Airline hands Natchitoches Central first district loss; Haughton grabs 1-5A lead

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The District 1-5A race got a lot more interesting Monday.

The Airline Lady Vikings handed the Natchitoches Central Lady Chiefs their first district loss, 9-7, at Airline. The game was moved up to Monday from Tuesday because of concerns about the incoming severe weather.

In another 1-5A game, the Haughton Lady Bucs routed Southwood in four innings at Southwood.

Haughton (11-8, 3-0) is now the district leader. Airline (10-6, 4-1) and Natchitoches Central (12-7, 4-1) are tied for second. Parkway (6-6, 2-2), Captain Shreve (9-8, 2-2), Benton (9-6, 1-2) are tied for fourth in the loss column.

Haughton and Parkway were scheduled to play Tuesday but the game has been moved to Wednesday. The Lady Bucs are scheduled to visit Natchitoches Central Thursday.

Airline’s final two district games are against the teams at the bottom of the standings, Byrd and Southwood.

Benton’s game at Captain Shreve scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed. The Lady Tigers are scheduled to visit Parkway Thursday.

At Airline, Natalie Sutton went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI. Paris Endris went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI,

Lindsey Marcinkus had two hits and two RBI. Emily Rachal and Aleena Duran had one RBI each.

Rachal got the win, striking out six.

The Lady Vikings took a 7-0 lead with three runs in the first and four in the third.

The Lady Chiefs tallied three in the top of the fifth. Airline answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Natchitoches Central got within one in the sixth on Desi Robinson’s grand slam home run.

Jina Baffuto scored on an error in the bottom of the inning to make it 9-7.

Rachal then induced three straight groundouts to preserve the victory.

At Southwood, Haughton scored four runs in the first and second. The Lady Bucs made it 16-0 with eight in the fourth.

Ariana Matthews, Ella Vickers, Averi Phillips and Kylie Small had three hits apiece.

Vickers hit a home run and had three RBI. Matthews had a triple, double and two RBI.

Phillips and Carsyn Kizzia both had doubles. Brooklynn Bockhaus, Laney Dobrow and Kizzia all had two RBI.

Starter Dixie Williams allowed two hits in three innings. Macey Schut struck out two in the fourth.

Note: The above report is based on information provided by coaches or available on teams’ official GameChanger accounts.

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