The softball season is winding down, but there are still many games to be played and much to be decided.
The Haughton Lady Bucs, who entered the week undefeated in District 1-5A, are scheduled to play six games in the next eight days, including big district games at home against Parkway Tuesday and at Byrd Wednesday. Byrd was the only other team undefeated in 1-5A entering the week.
Haughton is ranked No. 18 in the 5A LHSAA power rankings. The Lady Bucs are a virtual lock for the playoffs and a successful stretch run could earn them a first-round home game.
At No. 30 in the power rankings, Parkway has a good shot at making the playoffs. A win over Haughton should improve their power ranking, and the Lady Panthers will have four more games after that to move up even further.
The Benton Lady Tigers are No. 20 in the 4A power rankings. They will need to move up four spots to host a first-round playoff game. Benton closes out 1-4A play with home games against Minden and Northwood Tuesday. The Lady Tigers host Haughton next Tuesday in the regular-season finale.
Here is a look at how parish teams fared last week.
Haughton: The Lady Bucs defeated Airline 3-2 and Parkway 4-0 and swept Southwood 10-0 and 16-2 in District 1-5A games.
Lacey Dodson scored the go-ahead run against Airline in the bottom of the sixth on Lauren Edwards’ single to center field. Savannah O’Neal led off the inning with a single.
Anna Dies and Ashley Smith combined on a three-hitter.
Dies hit home runs in both halves of the doubleheader against Southwood. Ashley Smith had a home run in the opener.
Dies, who pitched a five-inning 3-hitter, also had a double in the first game. Savannah O’Neal, Smith and Leah Hopson had two hits apiece.
Smith had three RBI and Savannah Salley had two. Smith went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI in the second game. Dies went 3-for-5 with the home run, a double and five RBI.
Natalie Smith had a home run, double and four RBI. O’Neal had three hits, including a double.
Ashley Smith allowed four hits and struck out 10 in the five-inning game.
Parkway: The Lady Panthers split two close games, edging Caddo Magnet 7-6 and dropping a 3-2 decision to Byrd.
Parkway led Magnet 6-0 through 4.5 innings, but the Lady Mustangs scored six in the bottom of the fifth to tie it.
Brittany Bryant got things going in the top of the sixth with a two-out double. Hannah Kennady followed that with a single to center field, scoring Bryant.
Mary Kate Bozeman led Parkway’s 14-hit attack with three hits. Rebecca Lynch went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Alexis Rayborn, Kaytlyn Guerrero and Kennady had two hits apiece.
Starter Allie Hunt allowed five hits and two earned runs. Samantha Guile struck out five in two innings of relief.
Guile allowed five hits and struck out 15 against Byrd. The Lady Panthers led 2-0 through 4.5 innings, but Byrd put three on the board in the bottom of the fifth.
Parkway outhit Byrd 8-5. Bozeman went 3-for-4 with a double. Kendall Lewis and Rayborn had two hits, including doubles.
Benton: The Lady Tigers defeated Loyola 14-7 and Fair Park 16-0 in District 1-4A play.
They lost to North Webster 5-3, Evangel 3-1 and ASH 9-1 in non-district play.
Sarah Koeppen had a home run, triple and two RBI against Loyola. Yancey Cox had two hits and two RBI. Hallie Saintignan went 2-for-3 with a double.
Abi Cole and Savannah Collo also had two hits. Mackenzie Stewart had two RBI.
Stewart pitched a three-inning no-hitter against Fair Park.
Cole had two hits and three RBI. Stewart, Chelsea Rangel, Samantha Maranto, Abby Kent and Brittany Ulmer all had doubles.
Cole went 2-for-3 and Yancey Cox had a double against North Webster.
Cole had two hits against Evangel. Stewart pitched a solid game, allowing just five hits and no earned runs.
Evangel scored all of three of its runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Airline: The Lady Vikings lost to Haughton 3-2 and defeated Caddo Magnet 9-3.
Sophomore Hannah Hutson pitched a strong game against Haughton, giving up just four hits and striking out seven.
Brittany Nelson had a two-run home run against Caddo Magnet. Layne Elledge had a two-run double. Mary Macaulay and Kaylee Adams had sacrifice flys.
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