The Airline Vikings need one more win to clinch a share of the District 1-5A softball championship.
Airline defeated Byrd 10-0 in six innings at Airline on Tuesday. The Lady Vikings (19-7, 10-1) close district play Thursday at Parkway (9-14, 3-7), which fell to Haughton 10-2 at Haughton.
Airline and Evangel Christian (19-5, 8-1), which defeated Southwood 10-0 Tuesday, are tied for first in the loss column. The Lady Eagles have three district games left, including a game Wednesday at Haughton (13-13, 7-3).
Elsewhere, the Benton Lady Tigers completed District 1-4A play with a 16-0, 18-0 sweep of Caddo Magnet at Benton. Benton improved to 12-14 overall and finished district play 4-2, second in its division behind two-time defending state champion North DeSoto.
At Airline, six Lady Vikings had two hits — Jessica Baffuto, Jessica Grubbs, Maddie Ennis, Kourtnee White, Lexi Gray and Brooklyn Brandon.
White hit a home run and had two RBI. Gray, Ennis and Brandon all had doubles. Grubbs had two RBI.
Hannah Hutson pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts. The Lady Vikings led 6-0 after five innings and closed the game with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
At Haughton, the Lady Bucs’ Savannah Salley went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Shelby Hensley had three hits, including a solo home run in the five-run third inning, and two RBI.
Leah Hopson gave the Lady Bucs an 8-1 lead in the third with a two-RBI double. Lauren Edwards went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple. Hensley scattered six hits for the win.
Makayla Strother and Lauren Jones both went 2-for-3 for Parkway.
At Benton, Makenzie Chaffin went 5-for-5 with two doubles in the two games against Caddo Magnet. Hallie Saintignan had a double in the first game. She then went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and seven RBI in the second.
Abby Kent had two hits and three RBI in the first game. Macey Bridges had three RBI, and Brittany Ulmer two. Sarah Koeppen hit a home run and pitched a three-inning one-hitter.
Olivia Oliphint went 2-for-2 with a double in the second game. Kayla Vo had a two-run home run.
Koeppen and Vo combined on a four-inning three-hitter.
Benton hosts Captain Shreve in a non-district game Wednesday.
NOTE: The above report is based on information on teams’ official GameChanger accounts.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org