After a delay caused by the winter weather, the high school softball season finally got underway last week with mixed results for parish teams.
Here is a look at how parish teams fared last week and a look ahead.
Airline: The Lady Vikings lost three games in the Brusly tournament but they got progressively better. After losing big to Barbe in Roo Richardson-Johnson’s first game as head coach, Airline fell to traditional 3A power Brusly 6-1.
In their final game, the Lady Vikings were within one run of 4A power Teurlings Catholic before losing 8-6.
Airline had nine hits in the game. The Lady Vikings open District 1-5A play against Haughton Thursday.
Haughton: The Lady Bucs won one of three, defeating Minden 13-2 and falling to Ouachita 6-1 and Oak Hill 6-5.
Savannah O’Neal had three hits, including two doubles, in the five-inning victory over Minden. Natalie Smith went 3-for-4, including a double. Keeleigh Bennett had two doubles.
Savannah Salley had two hits and two RBI. Ashley Smith pitched a four-hitter and had two hits, including a home run. Anna Dies had a three-run homer. Lacey Dodson drove in two runs.
Dies went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI against Oak Hill. The Louisiana Tech signee allowed eight hits and struck out 10. O’Neal had two hits and two RBI.
Lauren Edwards and Leah Hopson had two hits each, including doubles, again Ouachita. Dies had a double.
The Lady Bucs visit Airline Thursday.
Parkway: The Lady Panthers won one of three, defeating Texas High 9-5 and falling to North Webster 3-0 and North DeSoto 10-0.
Mary Kate Bozeman went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI against Texas High. Kelsey Gallman tripled and Hannah Kennedy had two RBI. Allie Hunt got the win.
The Lady Panthers faced two All-State pitchers in North DeSoto’s EC Delafield and North Webster’s Amberlee Nix.
Alexis Rayborn and Kaytlyn Guerrero had the only hits against North DeSoto, a Class 4A semifinalist last year.
Brittany Bryant got the only hit off Nix. Samantha Guile had a solid outing on the mound, allowing seven hits and striking out 10.
The Lady Panthers host Caddo Magnet before heading to the Cenla Classic this weekend.
Benton: The Lady Tigers began the season without Gabby Kespelher, a three-year starting pitcher and an outstanding hitter. Kespelher moved to Texas last fall.
Benton split two games, falling to Calvary 10-0 and defeating Buckeye 7-4.
Chelsea Rangel, Yancey Cox and Abi Cole had one hit apiece against Calvary.
Benton fared much better against Buckeye, pounding out 10 hits.
Mackenzie McEntee blasted a three-run homer. Sarah Koeppen went 2-for-4 with two RBI. She also went the distance on the mound, scattering eight hits.
Cole, Samantha Maranto and Savannah Collo all had two hits.
The Lady Tigers are headed to the Ruston tournament this weekend.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org