Samantha Guile pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 as the Lady Panthers edged the Airline Lady Vikings 2-1 in a District 1-5A softball game Wednesday at Parkway.
Elsewhere, the Haughton Lady Bucs fell to the Byrd Lady Jackets 6-3 in a District 1-5A game at Byrd.
Those games were the final two of the regular season. Both were postponed from Monday because of rain, and both teams were forced to cancel other scheduled games.
Byrd (18-8 overall) finished as the undefeated District 1-5A champ at 12-0. Haughton (15-9, 9-3) and Parkway (16-11, 9-3) tied for second.
All three teams will make the playoffs and be on the road for first-round games. Benton, which finished its season last week, will make the Class 4A playoffs and also travel for a first-round game.
Playoff pairings will be announced Thursday and first-round games must be played by next Tuesday.
At Parkway, the Lady Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Kaytlyn Guerrero reached on an error and scored on Lindsey Hutcheson’s double to center field.
Parkway added another run in the fourth. Guerrero walked, advanced to second on Hutcheson’s sacrifice and scored on Hannah Kennady’s double.
Airline took advantage of a couple of walks and passed balls to cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth.
Airline sophomore Hannah Hutson allowed just four hits. Mary Macaulay had the Lady Vikings’ lone hit.
Airline, which went through a coaching change at midseason, finished the season with six wins. The Lady Vikings suffered some tough losses to the district’s top teams. In addition to Wednesday’s loss, they fell to Byrd 5-3 and 9-6 in 10 innings and Haughton 3-2.
At Byrd, the Lady Jackets jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings but Haughton cut it to one with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Anna Dies led off the fourth with a single and advanced to third on sacrifices by Ashley Smith and Savannah O’Neal. Lacey Dodson’s double to center field brought Dies home.
Keeleigh Bennett and Dies had RBI singles in the fourth. The Lady Bucs left runners at first and second.
Alex Wynne’s two-out, two-RBI double gave Byrd a 6-3 lead going into the seventh.
Dodson and Dies had two hits each. Ashley Smith pitched a solid game for the Lady Bucs, scattering six hits.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org