Softball: Airline picks up two wins in tournament Saturday

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The Airline Lady Vikings picked up two wins in an event hosted by Byrd and Parkway Saturday.

Airline defeated Natchitoches Central 17-8 and Bastrop 9-4 to improve to 11-3. The Lady Vikings host Parkway Monday in a big District 1-5A game. Parkway leads the district at 5-0 and Airline is a game and a half back at 3-1.

The game is the final one in the first half of district play for Parkway.

The Byrd/Parkway event was put together after the Sulphur tournament was cancelled because of rain and flooding in Southwest Louisiana. While Parkway hosted, the Lady Panthers didn’t participate. Parkway coach Neil May said he wanted to rest ace pitcher Samantha Guile. He also said Winnfield wanted in the event so he let them have the games the Lady Panthers were going to play.

Airline rebounded Saturday from a 12-3 loss to West Ouachita Friday night in Monroe.

Brittany Nelson had a home run, double and four RBI in the win over Bastrop. Kaitlyn Walker went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Maddie Ennis had two hits and an RBI.

Hannah Hutson scattered five hits and struck out nine.

Ennis, who is having an outstanding freshman season, had a big game against Natchitoches Central. She hit a home run and also had a double and four RBI.

Kourtnee White had a triple, double and three RBI. Walker had three hits, including a double. Jamie Roberts went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Hutson, who struck out eight, had a double.

Elsewhere, Benton lost three games in the Byrd/Parkway event, 6-2 to Natchitoches Central, 5-2 to Byrd and 10-2 to Calvary Baptist.

Against Byrd, the Lady Tigers (7-7) scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead, but the Lady Jackets scored four in the top of the seventh.

Sarah Koeppen pitched an outstanding game, allowing just three hits and three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. She also scored the run in the sixth on a passed ball.

Makenize Chaffin and Abi Cole had doubles. Cole’s double led off the sixth.

In the Natchitoches Central game, Benton led 2-1 after five. But the Lady Chiefs scored five in the sixth. Koeppen had one of the Lady Tigers’ three hits, a double.

Ashley Hunter scattered seven hits, struck out seven and allowed just two earned runs.

Errors hurt the Lady Tigers against Calvary as Koeppen allowed just two earned runs. She also had a home run, double and two RBI. Cole had Benton’s only other hit.

The Lady Tigers will look to return to the win column Monday when they host Captain Shreve in a non-district game.

NOTE: The above report is based on box scores and play-by-plays on teams’ official GameChanger accounts and information received from coaches.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com