By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports
Natchitoches Central used a 4-run fifth inning to break open a 3-3 game on the way to an 8-4 District 1-5A softball defeat of Haughton in Natchitoches.
The district loss by the Lady Bucs was their first in five games and puts Natchitoches in first place at 5-1. Haughton is now tied with Airline in second place one win back at 4-1.
Ariana Mathews’ 2-run single in the third inning scored Kylie Small, who had doubled, and Brooklynn Bockhaus, who had walked, and put the Lady Bucs ahead 2-0.
After Natchitoches scored three runs in the fourth inning to move ahead 3-2, Haughton tied it in the fifth when Ella Vickers doubled in Small.
The Lady Bucs got two hits from Small and Vickers and Bockhaus hit a home run.
Natchitoches is now 13-7 overall and Haughton is 12-9.
AIRLINE 14, NEVILLE 4: The Lady Vikings hit the road down I-20 to Monroe and came away with the run-rule win at Neville. Paige Marshall led a 15-hit attack going 4-for-4 with 2 RBI. Jina Baffuto was 2-for-4 with two doubles and 2 RBIs, Elena Heng went 3-for-4, with 3 RBIs, Paris Endris clubbed a home run and Lindsey Marcinkus was 2-for-4. Winning pitcher Emily Rachal came on in relief and worked 3 1/3 innings giving up five hits, no runs and she struck out 3.
CAPTAIN SHREVE 11, BYRD 2: The Lady Gators had 12 hits and Mikel-Ann Ricdardo collected three of them and struck out 13 in the circle in the District 1-5A win at Byrd. Ricardo had two doubles and 2 RBIs for Shreve (10-8, 3-2) while Aubry Townsend, Morgan Cyphers and Nora Falcon all had two hits each. Hadley Thompkins was 2-for-4 and Maggie Griffin 2-for-3, with a double, led Byrd (4-11, 0-5). Morgan Cantrell and Jenna Smith both added doubles for the Lady Jackets.
NORTHWOOD 15-16, SALINE 1-1: The Lady Falcons got the doubleheader sweep on the road to improve to 13-5. Northwood took advantage of 16 walks in the first game win. Taylor McCabe had 3 RBIs and Hailey McKnight a double and scored four runs. Gigi Robinson picked up the win in the circle allowing two hits and striking out six in five innings. The Falcons had 12 hits in the second game as Isabelle Wright was 3-for-4, double, triple and 3 RBIs; McCabe was 2-for-3; Hannah Ward 2-for-3 with a double; Selena Nunnery hit a home run and McKnight had a double. Cameron Clark pitched the five-inning complete game allowing one hits, walking four and striking out seven.