By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports
Jina Baffuto’s third hit of the night drove home the game-winning run in the eighth inning as Airline rallied to defeat Parkway 4-3 in a District 1-5A softball game Wednesday.
The Lady Vikings forced an extra inning by scoring a pair of runs in the seventh inning.
Baffuto, who came a home run from hitting for the cycle, tripled in the seventh and scored on a passed ball to bring Airline within a run at 3-2. Paige Marshall tied the game with a two-out double to drive in Paris Endris, who had walked.
Aleena Duran was credited with the win after allowing one run on three hits and striking out four in 2 2/3 innings. She relieved Emily Rachal who pitched the first 5 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on five hits. Duran struck out six and walked one.
Parkway led 3-1 going to the bottom of the seventh inning with single runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings.
Chloe Larry, already with one hit on the night, delivered a solo home run in the third inning for Parkway’s first run.
Avery Schoenborn got her second hit of the game in the sixth and scored on a passed ball to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
Larry tripled for her third hit and increased the lead to 3-1 by scoring on a ground out.
Airline improves to 8-4 overall and 2-1 in 1-5A with the win. Parkway’s record is even at 4-4 overall and 1-2 in district.
NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL 4, BENTON 2: The Lady Tigers scored two runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a four-run deficit in Natchitoches. Ava Defee suffered the loss despite allowing four runs on three hits in six innings and striking out 12 while walking five. Kennedy LaPierre had two hits for Benton (9-6, 1-3).
CAPTAIN SHREVE 4, SOUTHWOOD 3: Mikel-Ann Ricardo didn’t allow an earned run in seven innings and struck out 14 to pitch the Lady Gators to the District 1-5A win. Ricardo also had two hits that included a double which drove in Shreve’s first run. Aubry Townsend’s bases-clearing double in the fourth inning gave the Gators a 4-1 lead. CS is now 8-5 overall, 2-1 in 1-5A. Southwood falls to 8-4, 0-2.
HAUGHTON 15, BYRD 0: Macey Schut pitched a shutout and led the Lady Bucs with three hits and five RBIs in the District 1-5A win. Schut limited the Lady Jackets to two hits, notching four strikeouts in four innings to get the win. Averi Phillips and Kayleigh Goss also had three hits in the 13-hit attack by Haughton, now 8-7, 2-0. Byrd falls to 4-9, 0-3.