Softball: Big sixth inning lifts Benton past Parkway; Ruston edges Haughton


The Benton Lady Tigers scored five runs in the sixth inning en route to an 8-3 non-district softball victory over the Parkway Lady Panthers on Monday at Parkway.

Elsewhere, the Haughton Lady Bucs dropped a 2-1 non-district road game to Ruston.

At Parkway, the Lady Tigers scored five runs without a hit in the decisive sixth. Mackenzie McEntee and Samantha Maranto had sacrifice bunts. Benton took advantage of three Parkway errors and two walks.

Abi Cole had a double and two RBI in the game. Maranto also had two RBI.

Benton (8-4) hosts North DeSoto (13-1) in a key District 1-4A game at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Mary Kate Bozeman went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple for Parkway. Samantha Guile struck out 11.

Haughton managed just three hits — two doubles by Dies and one by Salley — against Ruston.

— Russell Hedges,