Airline follows dominant Duran to defeat Byrd

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Aleena Duran went the distance striking out 12 to pitch Airline to a 5-2 win over Byrd Tuesday in a District 1-5A softball game at Airline.

Duran allowed only three hits and shut out Byrd until a 2-run single in the seventh inning.

Duran was 2-for-3 at the plate and doubled in a run in the Vikings’ 4-run fourth inning. Genavieve Howard added a run-scoring double and Hannah Hayes had a sacrifice fly.

Jina Baffuto and Paris Endris both had doubles in addition to Duran and Howard.

Airline improves to 17-6 overall and 5-1 in 1-5A while Byrd drops to 6-13, 0-6.

NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL 8, PARKWAY 1: Maddie Robinson tossed a 2-hitter and struck out 15 to pitch the Lady Chiefs to the win at Parkway. Skylar Braxton and Morgan Robinson had multiple hits as District 1-5A leader NCHS improved to 17-7, 6-1. Parkway’s only hits came in the fourth inning when it scored its only run. Mikaylah Williams led off with a double and Chloe Larry followed with a single to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Natchitoches followed with two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Parkway dropped to 7-10, 2-4.

BENTON 14, SOUTHWOOD 0: Ava Defee tossed a five-inning no-hitter with seven strikeouts and walked three. Megan Risher had a double and two triples and drove in four runs to pace a 12-hit assault on Southwood pitching. Sophia Livers and Taylor Gonzales both had two hits for the only others with multiple hits for Benton (13-6, 2-2).

CALVARY 13, GRANT 7: The Lady Cavaliers started the game with a 6-run first inning and cruised to the non-district win on the road. Ramsey Walker had four hits that included a double and home run and drove in two runs for Calvary (16-10). Mallory Carver had a single and double and two RBI, while Molly Woodle delivered two hits including a double, Tavia Leadon added a double and Elena Franks homered and drove in two.

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