The Benton Lady Tigers and Parkway Lady Panthers won district softball games Thursday night.
Benton downed Northwood 8-5 in a District 1-4A contest at Benton. Parkway rallied past Haughton 12-9 in a 1-5A game at Haughton.
In a non-district game, Airline fell to defending Class 4A champion North DeSoto 7-2 in Stonewall.
At Benton, Hallie Saintignan went 3-for-4 to lead the Lady Tigers at the plate. Mackenzie McEntee had two hits.
Starter Ashley Hunter scattered six hits and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings. Sarah Koeppen allowed just one hit in the final 1 2/3 innings.
Benton trailed 2-0 after 3.5 innings, but the Lady Tigers pushed across three runs in the bottom of the fourth. After the Lady Falcons came back with two in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead, Benton answered with four in the bottom of the inning.
The Lady Tigers improved to 10-8 overall and 3-1 in 1-4A. They are in second place behind North DeSoto.
Benton faces Byrd at 11 a.m. Friday in the Calvary Baptist tournament. The Lady Tigers play Haughton and Calvary on Saturday.
At Haughton, Parkway scored five runs in the top of the seventh to rally for the win.
Mary Kate Feaster led the Lady Panthers at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two RBI. Madelyn Elliott also had an outstanding game, going 3-for-4 with four RBI. Kendall Lewis had two hits, including a double, and an RBI. Brittany Bryant went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Rebecca Lynch had two RBI. Maecy Ingram had two hits.
Lacey Dodson had a big game for Haughton, going 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Savannah Salley went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Lauren Edwards had a grand slam home run in the fourth to give Haughton a 9-6 lead. Sidney Arnold had two hits.
Parkway (10-6, 6-2 1-5A) played its second full game without injured ace Samantha Guile, a Southern Utah signee.
Lynch and Allie Hunt combined on the mound. Hunt got the win in the relief, allowing two hits in the final 3 2/3 innings.
It was the third game in a row that Haughton’s opponent has scored the winning or go-ahead run in the final inning. The Lady Bucs have had 39 hits in those games.
Haughton faces Calvary Baptist and Converse Friday and Benton Saturday in the Calvary tournament.
At North DeSoto, Airline got just three hits off North DeSoto ace E.C. Delafield. Kelci Johnson had two of those, including a double. Kourtnee White had the other.
Delafield, who pitched the Lady Griffins to the 4A title last season, struck out nine. She also had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI.
Airline, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 13-4.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org