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High school softball: Benton, Haughton lose heartbreakers in first round of playoffs

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The Benton Lady Tigers and Haughton Lady Bucs both lost heartbreakers in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Tuesday.

Benton, the No. 15 seed, fell to No. 18 Dutchtown 5-4 at Benton. Haughton, the No. 16 seed, dropped a 6-5 decision to No. 17 Lafayette Southside at Haughton.

Benton closed its season 19-10. Haughton finished 16-13.

At Benton, a seventh-inning rally came up just short.

Benton led 2-0 through four innings. Dutchtown scored three in the top of the fifth to go up 3-2. The Lady Griffins added single runs in the sixth and seventh.

Olivia Burns and Kennedy LaPierre led off the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles. 

Sophia Livers doubled with one out, making it a one-run game. But Dutchtown pitcher Abby Froelich induced a flyout and groundout to end the game.

Marissa Schoth’s solo home run with one out in the bottom of the second gave the Lady Tigers an early lead.

Piper Stephens’ two-out RBI-double made it 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth.

Tayler Gonzalez also had a hit in the game.

Benton sophomore pitcher Ava Defee struck out eight and allowed two earned runs.

Dutchtown’s Katelyn Bessonette went 3-for-4 with a double. The Lady Griffins improved to 18-14.

At Haughton, the Lady Bucs led 4-3 after five innings. Southside scored three in the top of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead.

Leadoff hitter Averi Phillips smacked a home run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to one.

The Lady Bucs gave themselves a chance in the bottom of the seventh. Kayleigh Goss led off with a single. She advanced to second on Kylie Small’s sacrifice bunt and third on Brooklynn Bockhaus’ popout to right field.

Ariana Mathews walked, putting runners at first and third. But Southside pitcher Brooklyn Foreman got a strikeout to end the game.

Goss went 3-for-3. Her two-out RBI-double in the bottom of the second inning tied the game at 1.

The Sharks regained the lead with a run in the third. Sara White’s RBI-double in the fourth knotted the score again.

Southside went back on top with a run in the fifth.

The Lady Bucs answered in the bottom of the inning. Goss led off with a single and Small drew a walk. Goss stole third and scored on a lineout by Bockhaus.

A groundout by Mathews scored Small, giving Haughton the 4-3 lead.

Haughton starter Dixie Williams allowed five hits and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings. Macey Schut gave up one hit and no runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Foreman allowed five hits and struck out nine. Southside’s Aly Moss had a double and home run.

The Sharks improved to 18-10.

In a Class 1A first-round game, No. 20 Plain Dealing fell to Northwood-Lena 15-5 on the road. The Lady Lions finished 4-6.

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

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