Calvary slips past Benton in softball playoff tuneup

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Ramsey Walker and Tavia Leadon hit third-inning home runs to spark Calvary Baptist to a 4-3 win in a playoff tune-up game at Benton Monday.

The Lady Cavs (20-12) entered the game ranked second in the Division IV power rankings, percentage points behind Opelousas Catholic according to Benton was ranked No. 15 in Class 5A which would give them a home game in the first round of the playoffs when the brackets are announced Thursday.

The Lady Cavaliers scored a first inning run on a Tavia Leadon double that brought home DJ Lynch. They increased their lead to 4-0 with three more runs in the third. Lynch led off with a double and Ramsey followed with her home run to centerfield. Leadon followed with her blast to rightfield.

Benton (19-9) scored its three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Marissa Schoth tripled in Meaux Carroll and Megan Risher who had singled. Dylan Defee pinch ran for Schoth and scored on a ground out to close the gap to 4-3.

Kynzee Anderson went the distance for the win allowing six hits. She walked four and struck out 10.

Ava Defee suffered the loss despite having almost the same pitching line as Anderson. She allowed five hits, walked two and struck out 10.

AIRLINE 10, OUACHITA CHRISTIAN 4: The Lady Vikes made the trip back from Monroe a little easier with the lopsided win. Shortstop Jina Baffuto had three hits that included a triple and home run. She scored three runs and brought home three more to lead Airline (18-11). Paris Endris was 2-for-3 with a double and Paige Marshall 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Freshman Lindsey Marcinkus had a three-run home run to highlight the Vikes’ four-run third inning.

CONVERSE 10, PARKWAY 9: Chloe Larry doubled, tripled and homered and drove in four runs but the Lady Wildcats got the walkoff win with two runs in the seventh inning. Mikaylah Williams also homered and was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and scored three runs, Hayleah Thornton was 2-for-4 with a triple and Alannah Wilson had two doubles for Parkway (9-12).

D’ARBONNE WOODS 13, BYRD 2: The Lady Jackets fell on the road despite the efforts of Morgan Cantrell, who had two doubles in three at bats. Jenna Smith and Ariel Taylor also had two hits that included a double for Byrd (6-15).

HAUGHTON 7, FLORIEN 6: The Lady Bucs scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to slip past the Black Cats. Brooklynn Bockhaus was 3-or-4 with two home runs and three RBI. Ariana Mathews and Macey Schut also homered for Haughton (16-11).

ZWOLLE 8, CAPTAIN SHREVE 0: The Lady Gators fell at home to drop to 15-13. Freshman Aubry Townsend led Shreve with two hits.

EVANGEL 11, NORTH CADDO 5: At Evangel, Jordan Miller was 4-for-4 with a double and triple to lead the Lady Eagles past the Titans. Landry Naquin was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Haven Brooks singled and tripled and Joy Tillman singled and doubled for Evangel (9-15).

NORTHWOOD 7, EBARB 6: At Northwood, Hannah Ward had a bases-clearing walk-off double as the Lady Falcons survived a five-run seventh inning by the visitors. It was Ward’s third hit of the night that included a home run for Northwood (16-10).