The Airline Lady Vikings are seeking a spot in the Class 5A softball semifinals today at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Softball Tournament at Frasch Park in Sulpnur.
The No. 6 seed Lady Vikings (26-4) take on No. 3 Sam Houston at 5 p.m. in a quarterfinal game.
District 1-5A champion Airline defeated No. 7 Hammond 4-1 in the first round and No. 11 Acadiana 6-2 in the second. District 3-5A champion Sam Houston downed No. 30 Zachary 17-2 in the first round and No. 14 Ponchatoula 7-6 in the second.
The Lady Broncos scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh against Ponchatoula.
Sam Houston reached the quarterfinals last season, falling to eventual state champion Central of Baton Rouge 6-1. Airline also lost to Central 8-0 in the second round.
Airline is making its first appearance in the state tournament since 2007. The Lady Vikings advanced to the title game, falling to Ruston 3-1.
Sam Houston’s losses were to Hahnville 8-2, St. Amant 8-6 and Notre Dame 6-5. The loss to Notre Dame was the Lady Broncos’ final regular season game and ended a 14-game winning streak.
The Airline-Sam Houston winner faces the winner of No. 2 Hahnville and No. 7 Northshore at 2 p.m. Saturday. The championship game is scheduled for 7:30 Saturday.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org