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Softball: Parish teams pick up wins in tournament

Russell Hedges



Haughton, Airline and Benton all picked up victories in a tournament based in Northeast Louisiana Friday and Saturday.

The event featured some of the top teams in the state.

Here is how each team fared.

Haughton — The Lady Bucs (12-9) picked up a big win Friday over St. Amant, 6-4, in eight innings.

St. Amant, a Class 5A semifinalist last season, was No. 2 in the latest LHSAA 5A unofficial power rankings. It was only St. Amant’s second loss of the season.

Saturday, Haughton lost one-run games to defending 4A state champ St. Thomas More 5-4 and 2013 5A finalist Mt. Carmel 4-3.

The St. Amant game went into extra inning tied at 2. Haughton scored four in the top of eighth and then held off the Lady Gators in the bottom of the inning.

Lacey Dodson had an RBI single. Haley Krumpelbeck singled in two runs. Anna Dies, who reached on a walk, scored on a passed ball.

Dies allowed just eight hits in eight innings and struck out seven. She also went 2-for-3 with a game-tying home run in the sixth.

Dodson went 2-for-4 with a double.

St. Thomas Moore scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.

Dodson had a two-out double in the bottom of the inning but the Lady Bucs couldn’t get her home.

Dodson went 2-for-4 and Natalie Smith had a double.

Mt. Carmel scored the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth.

Dodson and Dies both had doubles. Krumpelbeck drove in two runs.

Airline — The Lady Vikings (13-7) lost to West Monroe 5-4 and 2013 Class 4A semifinalist West Ouachita 5-3.

Airline and Ruston were tied at 3 after three when the rain hit Friday.

Madison Rowland went 3-for-3 against West Monroe. Katie Smith had two doubles.

West Ouachita broke a 1-all tie with four runs in the top of the seventh.

Airline rallied in the bottom of the inning with two runs.

The Lady Vikings had the bases-loaded with just one out when there was some controversy.

Ashley Salinas hit a popup. The West Ouachita shortstop dropped the ball and the end result was a double play.

Airline coach Lynne Roberts said she believed the infield fly rule should have been in effect.

Benton — The Lady Tigers (12-7) went 3-0 in the tournament, defeating Simsboro 17-0, Downsville 16-8 and North Webster 4-1.

Samantha Maranto and Abi Cole had three hits each against Simsboro. Chelsea Rangel had two hits and two RBIs.

Sarah Koeppen had a two-run homer. Savannah Collo had a double. Yancey Cox drove in two runs.

Koeppen pitched a three-inning one-hitter.

Cole went 3-for-4 with a triple, double and four RBIs against Downsville. Brittany Craig, Samantha Maranto and Collo had two hits and a double apiece.

Craig went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs against North Webster. Maranto had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Taylor Thompson went 2-for-3 with a double.

Koeppen pitched a five-hitter with five strikeouts.

Teams resume district play Tuesday. Airline hosts Haughton in a big District 1-5A game, and Parkway hosts Captain Shreve.

Benton hosts Loyola in District 1-4A.







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