Tough weekend for local softball teams

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Captain Shreve rode a 1-hit shutout from Mikel-Ann Ricardo to split a pair of games in the Converse Tournament Saturday.

Ricardo had one more hit at the plate than she allowed her opponent in striking out 15 Negreet Indians in a 6-0 win. She and Marina Elkins both had a single and double at the plate with Ricardo driving in two runs and Elkins scoring twice. Addison Smith added a triple for the other extra-base hit for the Gators.

The host Converse Wildcats used an 8-run fifth inning to run-rule the Lady Gators earlier on Saturday. Elexa Beaudoin’s 2-run double highlighted the Gators’ 3-run fourth inning. She later scored the third run of the frame on a Wildcat error.

Parkway welcomes hoops duo: Mikaylah Williams and Chloe Larry are not only a force on the basketball court but also on the softball field. Williams, a shortstop, and Larry,a centerfielder, showed their athleticism in their first two games back on the softball diamond this week.

After only managing two hits against Captain Shreve on Tuesday, the Lady Panthers got three from Larry, that included a double and triple, and Williams had a hit and three walks. Both scored three runs apiece in a 11-4 defeat of Southwood Wednesday.

Parkway fell to St. Mary’s 9-4 on Thursday, but Williams had two doubles and Larry one to account for half of the Lady Panthers’ six hits in the game. Grace Wren struck out 12 in getting the win in the circle for the Tigers. Williams and Larry were the only Panthers in the lineup without a strikeout at the plate.

Benton hits rough patch: The Tigers rolled into last week with a 9-1 season record and ended it at 9-5.

It began with a 11-5 District 1-5A loss to Airline. Lady Vike Aleena Duran struck out 13 in picking up the win in the circle. Christina Gegg had two of the Tigers’ seven hits and Megan Risher the only extra-base hit, a double.

Paige Marshall had two triples for Airline and drove in five runs. Lindsey Marcinkus and Natalie Sutton also had two hits for Airline, who finished with 11 total.

The Tigers hit the road down south to play in the Brusly Tournament where they dropped all three games.

Sophia Livers had two hits in a 16-6 loss to Central of Baton Rouge. Livers had two home runs and a double and drove in four runs in an 8-inning 8-7 loss to Brusly. Piper Stephens added a double and triple to the cause. Marissa Schoth went 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs and Megan Risher and Kennedy PaPierre both had 3-run home runs in a 13-8 loss to French Settlement.

Byrd splits two: The Lady Jackets left the Converse Tournament with a 9-7 win over Hornbeck and a 11-1 loss to Zwolle.

Morgan Cantrell had three hits that included a triple and she drove in three runs in the win. Trinity Lyons had two hits and two RBIs and Ariel Taylor was 2-for-2 with two walks. Jenna Smith struck out eight to get the win in the circle.

Cantrell picked up two more hits and Hadley Tomkins had a double, but the Lady Jackets couldn’t keep pace with Zwolle. Byrd is now 3-6 on the season.