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High school softball: Benton downs Shreve; Airline can clinch share of 1-5A title Thursday

The Benton Lady Tigers defeated the Captain Shreve Lady Gators 8-6 in a non-district softball game on Wednesday at Benton.

In a District 1-5A game, Evangel Christian downed Haughton 5-1 at Haughton.

Airline (19-7, 10-1) can clinch a share of the District 1-5A title with a victory in their final district contest Thursday at Parkway (9-14, 3-7). Airline and Evangel Christian (20-5, 9-1) are tied for first in the loss column. Evangel faces Captain Shreve Thursday and closes district play against Parkway Monday.

Airline moved up to No. 10 in the latest Class 5A power rankings and is virtually assured of hosting a first-round playoff game.

At Benton, Hallie Saintignan hit a home run, doubled and drove in two runs for the Lady Tigers. Abby Kent went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Makenzie Chaffin had two hits, including a solo home run.

Pitcher Sarah Koeppen had one hit and walked twice. Olivia Oliphint and Macey Bridges both doubled.

Benton (13-14) visits North Webster Thursday. The Lady Tigers are No. 13 in the Class 4A power rankings and will likely host a first-round playoff game.

At Haughton, Leah Hopson had the Lady Bucs’ lone hit in the loss. Haughton trailed 2-1 through four innings before Evangel got a little breathing room with three in the top of the fifth.

Haughton (13-14, 7-4) closes District 1-5A play Thursday at home against Southwood. The Lady Bucs are No. 25 in the 5A power rankings. The top 32 make the playoffs. Parkway is No. 28.

Elsewhere, the Bossier Lady Kats split a District 1-4A doubleheader against Huntington, losing the first game 15-13 and winning the second 16-15.

Haley Femia and Skylar Whittington both went 3-for-3 in the win. Hannah Commins, Asyla Walker and Miranda Lucero all had two hits, including doubles.

Walker went 2-for-2 with a double in Game 1. Chaye Granger and Amaya Conway both had two hits. Commins had a double.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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