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Softball: Benton off to 3-0 start


Russell Hedges



The defending District 1-4A champion Benton Lady Tigers are off to a 3-0 start this season.

The Lady Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally past Parkway 10-9 in their season opener Tuesday night.

They defeated Captain Shreve 11-0 Wednesday and Cedar Creek 10-6 Thursday.

Elsewhere, defending District 1-5A champion Parkway dropped to 1-2 with its second straight tough loss Thursday night.

Evangel scored five runs in the sixth inning to win 7-3.

Haughton split games against Ruston and Neville to improve to 2-1.

The Lady Bucs fell to Ruston 3-2 Wednesday and routed Neville 11-0 Thursday.

Airline dropped to 0-2 with a 14-4 loss to Ouachita Thursday.

Bossier dropped to 1-2 with losses to Converse and Doyline.

At Benton Tueday, Alyssa Malone and Brittany Craig had big hits in the bottom of the seventh, and the Lady Tigers took advantage of Parkway errors to rally for the victory.

Benton’s Yancey Cox had two hits, including a home run. Craig, Abby Cole and Gabby Kespelher also had two hits apiece.

Sarah Koeppen, who pitched well in relief, reached base twice and scored two runs.

Parkway’s Carol Cash had two hits. Jordan Hubbard had a double and three RBIs. Brooke Stigall had a double.

Jere Grice/Press-Tribune Benton’s Yancey Cox reaches home plate after hitting a home run against Parkway Tuesday night at Benton.
Jere Grice/Press-Tribune
Benton’s Yancey Cox reaches home plate after hitting a home run against Parkway Tuesday night at Benton.

Kespelher and Savannah Collo had three hits each in Benton’s win over Cedar Creek.

Craig had three hits, including a triple, against Shreve. Kespelher went 2-for-4, including a triple. Collo, Samantha Maranto and Chelsea Rangel had two hits apiece.

Mary Kate Bozeman went 3-for-4 in Parkway’s loss to Evangel.

Haydn Parker and Miranda Scotten had two hits each.

Haughton’s Haley Miller pitched a five-inning five-hitter in the Lady Bucs’ victory over Neville.

Haley Krumpelbeck went 3-for-3 with a home run, double and three RBIs. Lacey Dodson had three hits and three RBIs.

Anna Dies slammed two triples. Natalie Smith, Jessica Blank and Brooke Payton had two hits apiece. Payton and Smith had two RBIs each.

Krumpelbeck had an RBI double in the loss to Ruston.

Miranda Young had two hits and Katie Smith a double in Airline’s loss to Ouachita. Corey Johnson went 2-for-2 in Bossier’s loss to Doyline.




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