Softball: Benton edges Airline; Bossier splits doubleheader

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The Benton Lady Tigers edged the Airline Lady Vikings 14-13 in a non-district softball game Friday night at Airline.

It was designated a “Pink Game” to raise breast cancer awareness and in support of Amy Thibodeaux Greathouse.

The game was a wild one.

Airline jumped out to an 8-1 lead after two innings. Benton came back with three in the third and four in the fourth to tie it at 8.

The Lady Vikings scored two in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead. The Lady Tigers put six on the board with two outs in the top of the sixth for a 14-10 lead. Airline scored twice in the bottom of the inning to get within two.

The Lady Vikings scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to get within one with one out. But the Lady Tigers turned a double play to end it.

Benton improved to 16-11 overall. The Lady Tigers have won three in a row and five of their last six. Airline dropped to 16-7.

According to Benton statistics, Abby Kent went 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI to lead the Lady Tigers. Sarah Koeppen had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI.

Taylor Jones and Siara Erickson had two hits each. Mackenzie McEntee had a two-RBI double. Sarah Koeppen got the win.

According to Airline stats, Maddie Ennis went 3-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBI. Hannah Brooks, Jamie Roberts and Hannah Hutson had two hits apiece.

Kourtnee White hit a solo home run. Jessica Baffuto, Kaitlyn Walker, Roberts, and Hutson all had doubles. Hutson had two RBI.

Elsewhere, the Haughton Lady Bucs came close to pulling off an upset for the second night in a row. Haughton, which defeated Airline 7-3 Thursday, was tied with West Monroe at 1 after six innings.

But the Lady Rebels, ranked No. 15 in the 5A LHSAA power rankings, scored six in the top of the seventh and won 7-1.

Wednesday, Bossier split a doubleheader with Booker T. Washington. The Lady Kats lost the first game 10-4 and then came back to win the second by an identical score.

Bailey Phillips went 2-for-2 with a double in the loss. Shanna Baker also had a double. Phillips, Marraina Howard and Kyra Cassel had hits in the win.

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