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Softball: Four parish teams make playoffs

Russell Hedges

Four parish teams made the LHSAA state softball playoffs.
The Haughton Lady Bucs and the Benton Lady Tigers will host first-round games. The Airline Lady Vikings and Parkway Lady Panthers will be on the road.
All four first-round games are Tuesday.
Haughton (17-10), seeded No. 13 in Class 5A,  faces No. 20 St. Joseph’s Academy (18-8) of Baton Rouge at 4 p.m.
Haughton is the only team from Louisiana with a victory over top-seeded St. Amant this season.
Benton (17-10), the No. 7 seed in Class 4A, plays No. 26 Franklinton (14-12) at 5 p.m.
Airline (15-11), seeded No. 21 in 5A, travels to Slidell for a 1 p.m. game  against No. 12 Northshore (19-6).
Parkway (11-15), the No. 31 seed in 5A, travels to Monroe to face No. 2 Ouachita Parish (21-4) at 5:30 p.m.
Airline split games Tuesday and Wednesday.
A seventh-inning rally fell just short in a 10-9 loss to North DeSoto Tuesday at Airline.
Wednesday, the Lady Vikings picked up a 6-4 road victory over West Monroe.
Katie Smith had three hits and three RBIs against North DeSoto.
Carly McIntosh went 4-for-5 with two doubles.
Lindsay Fronzaglio had a double and a triple. Mary Macaulay went 2-for-4 with a double. Miranda Young and Ashley Salinas also had two hits.
McIntosh and Smith had two hits each against West Monroe.
Salinas and Macaulay had one double each. Melissa Gillenwater got the win.
Also Wednesday, Parkway lost to District 1-5A champion Byrd 3-2.
Carol Cash and Alexis Rayborn both had doubles.
Tuesday, pitcher Anna Die went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs as Haughton defeated Cedar Creek 9-0.
Kirsten Martin had a three-run homer. Savannah O’Neal had a solo shot. Lacey Dodson tripled.
Dies allowed just three hits in six innings and struck out six.
Benton got a power rankings boost with a 12-10 victory at District 1-2A champ Calvary in its season finale.
Gabby Kespelher had two home runs, including a grand slam, and six RBIs.
Brittany Craig and Samantha Maranto had two hits each. Chelsea Rangel had two RBIs.
Bossier closed its season Wednesday with a 19-1 victory over BTW.
The Lady Kats finished third in District 1-3A at 2-2.
Cheyenne Driggers had two hits and four RBIs. Shelby Peebles also had two hits. April Sainz gave up just two hits in three innings.

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