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Softball: Benton claims share of 1-4A title

Russell Hedges

The Benton Lady Tigers earned a share of the District 1-4A softball title with a 14-4 victory over Northwood Wednesday at Northwood.
The Lady Tigers improved to 15-10 overall. They finished 5-1 in district and will share the title with North DeSoto.
Abi Cole led Benton at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double. Pitcher Gabby Kespelher went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Chelsea Rangel, Yancey Cox and Savannah Collo had two hits apiece. Brittany Craig had a two-run triple.
In a District 1-5A game Thursday, Haughton downed Parkway 12-4. The Lady Bucs (15-10) finished tied for second in the district with Airline at 4-2.
Haughton’s Lacey Dodson continued her outstanding freshman season,  going 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs.
Brooke Payton had three hits, and Miranda Ogletree had two.
Pitcher Anna Dies belted another home run. Kirsten Martin had a double.
Parkway dropped to 11-14 overall and finished 2-4 in district. The Lady Panthers still have a chance of making the playoffs as a wild-card team.
Haydn Parker had three hits. Alexis Rayborn and Kaytlyn Guerrero had two each.
In a non-district game, Airline fell to Oak Grove 11-1. The Lady Vikings (14-10) managed only two hits.

Tuesday games

At Byrd, Airline pitchers Jamie Roberts and Melissa Roberts allowed just four hits against the Lady Jackets, but Byrd made them count in a 5-0 victory.
The biggest was a three-run shot by Claire Hyde with two outs in the third inning.
Ashley Salinas had two of the Lady Vikings’ five hits. Madison Rowland had a double.
Byrd (19-10, 6-0) clinched the District 1-5A title with the victory. Airline could’ve claimed a share of the title.
At Haughton, the Lady Bucs smashed six home runs in a 15-5 1-5A victory over Southwood.
Dies hit two of the home runs. Dodson, Savannah O’Neal, Haley Krumpelbeck and Natalie Smith had one each.
Dodson also had three other hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Krumpelbeck went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Dies went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
O’Neal also had a double and two RBIs. Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Ogletree and Kirsten Martin had one double each.
Haley Miller pitched a five-hitter.
At Parkway, Carol Cash went 4-for-4 with a double to lead the Lady Panthers to a 12-6 victory over Caddo Magnet.
Rayborn went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Parker had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Rebecca Lynch had two hits.
Samantha Guile got the win.
Wednesday, Bossier dropped an 11-10 decision to Ringgold.
Casey Johnson had three RBIs. Destiny Morris went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

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