Big seventh inning propels Many past Lady Cavaliers

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Defending 2A state champion Many scored four runs in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and defeat Calvary 7-4 in a non-district battle of top-ranked softball teams Thursday at Calvary.

Georgia French hit a two-run home run to highlight the seventh inning for Many (21-5) who is the No. 1 ranked team in the Class 2A power ratings according to Geauxpreps. Calvary is the No. 1 ranked team in Division IV.

Tavia Leadon had two home runs and three RBI for Calvary (18-12). Ramsey Walker was 2-for-3 and Carlie Guile homered.

NORTH DESOTO 13, BENTON 7: The Lady Griffins overcame a 4-1 deficit with six-run fourth and fifth innings to win the non-district game in Stonewall. Five of the Lady Tigers’ six hits in the game went for extra bases and three of them were two-run home runs. Piper Stephens, Kennedy LaPierre and Meaux Carroll all had long balls. Tayler Gonzalez and Sophia Livers had doubles with Livers the only Benton player with multiple hits with the only single. Benton slips to 17-8. North DeSoto goes to 26-5.

CAPTAIN SHREVE 16, LAKESIDE 0: The Lady Gators scored 12 runs in the first inning of the three-inning rout in Sibley. Freshman Aubry Townsend had two doubles in going 4-for-4 with two RBI. Mikel-Ann Ricardo had a single and double and drove in five runs. She also got the win allowing one hit and striking out five of the 10 batters she faced. Maggie Guy, Kayla Currie and Brianna Jones all had two RBI for Shreve (15-10).

HAUGHTON 10, CLAIBORNE CHRISTIAN 4: Brooklynn Bockhaus doubled and homered and Ella Vickers tripled and homered to lead the Lady Bucs to the non-district win at home. Kylie Small was 3-for-3 with a triple and Laney Dobrow had a double for Haughton (15-12).

SOUTHWOOD 12, SUMMERFIELD 2: The Lady Cowboys had 11 hits led by Riley Myers’ three hits and two RBI in the five-inning game at Southwood. McKynzie Smith was 2-for-3, Jayda Martin hit a 3-run home run, Anicia Taylor tripled and Kayla Beckett and Kristah Bananno doubled for Southwood (15-8).

NORTHWOOD 15, CASTOR 7: At Northwood, the Lady Falcons got three hits from Isabelle Wright that included a double and two hits and three RBI from Selena Nunnery and Lilly Cooper. Hailey McKnight was 2-for-3 with four runs scored as Northwood improved to 14-7.