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Softball: Airline splits a pair of close ones; Parkway, Benton win

Russell Hedges



Another week, another pair of nailbiters for the Airline Lady Vikings.

The Lady Vikings defeated parish rival Haughton 6-4 in eight innings Tuesday at Haughton before dropping a 6-5 decision to Captain Shreve Thursday at Airline.

Airline is 14-8 overall and 4-1 in District 1-5A. Four of the district games have been decided by one run or in extra innings.

Airline’s loss Thursday left Byrd as the lone 1-5A team without a loss at 3-0. The Lady Vikings can still claim at least a share of the district title with a victory at Byrd Tuesday.

Lindsay Fronzaglio led Airline against Shreve, going 3-for-4. Madison Rowland had two hits, including a double. Ashley Salinas also had two hits.

Elsewhere Thursday, Parkway won its first District 1-5A game, 14-1, over Southwood.

Mary Kate Bozeman and Kelsey Gallman had three hits each for the Lady Panthers. Alexis Rayborn had a triple, double and two RBIs.

Samantha Guile pitched a five-inning three-hitter.

Gabby Kespelher and Sarah Koeppen combined on a five-inning no-hitter in Benton’s win over Minden.

Chelsea Rangel went 4-for-4 with a triple, double and four RBIs. Kespelher and Abi Cole both had doubles.

Benton (14-10) can win at least a share of the district championship with a victory at Northwood Tuesday.


Tuesday games


Mary Macaulay’s two-run homer in the top of the eighth lifted Airline to the victory over Haughton.

The Lady Vikings led 4-1 through 3 1-2 innings, but the Lady Bucs rallied to tie it with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

It stayed that way through seven.

In the top of the eighth, Macaulay followed Rowland’s one-out single with a home run over the center-field fence.

Haughton got a couple of singles in the bottom of the inning, but Kayla Ranit got a ground out to end it.

Airline’s Miranda Young had a huge game, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.

Macaulay finished with two hits and three RBIs. Bailey Turbeville had a double.

Haughton pitcher Anna Dies went 3-for-3 with a home run. Kirsten Martin had three hits.

Savannah O’Neal homered, and Natalie Smith doubled.

Haughton dropped to 12-10 and 2-2.

Elsewhere in District 1-5A, Parkway fell to Captain Shreve 3-0 at Parkway.

Guile pitched an outstanding game, allowing just four hits, but the Lady Panthers managed just three off Shreve’s Mackenzie Morgan.

Benton routed Loyola 16-1 in a four-inning District 1-4A game at Benton.

Brittany Craig went 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and four RBIs. Taylor Thompson also had three hits and two doubles.

Savannah Collo had a home run, single and four RBIs. Yancey Cox went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

Kespelher and Samantha Maranto had two hits each. Kespelher allowed three hits.

Bossier edged Mansfield 11-10 in District 1-3A action.

April Sainz struck out nine while walking only two. Corey Johnson scored three runs and drove in one.

Coach Josh O’Nishea said Victoria Slaughter was also a standout at the plate.

Bossier lost to Red River 14-10 Wednesday.

Angie Nguyen went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Shelby Peebles had two hits and scored twice.


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