As the Parkway Lady Panthers head into their LHSAA Class 5A second-round playoff game at Walker, they hope their freshman/sophomore tandem of Haydn Parker and Alexis Rayborn stay hot.
Rayborn has been ripping up opposing pitching batting .544 with 8 home runs, while Parker is at .468 with 41 RBIs.
The Lady Panthers will play at 5 p.m. Friday with their first berth in Sulphur as a 5A school on the line.
Northwood: The Lady Falcons (12-13) may not have a winning record but they have virtually the same team that advanced to Sulphur last year. And they are taking the same route so far to get there.
In 2012, coach Greg Swearengin’s club beat Bolton on the road, then dropped Lutcher at home to advance to the championships. Northwood topped St. Louis 7-5 in nine innings on Tuesday on the road and will host Neville at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
When they defeated St. Louis, it was Northwood’s first win over a playoff team since March 8.
Loyola: The Lady Flyers will travel to Kaplan for a 4 p.m. Saturday contest after advancing to the 3A second round with a 9-2 win over St. Mary’s Academy.
Airline: The Lady Vikings went on the road and ousted Denham Springs (5-3) from the 5A state playoffs. The underrated Airline club has a quality lineup that may be getting hot at the right time.
Carly McIntosh, Katie Smith and Cheyenne Hutchins had a pair of hits each for Airline, while Lindsay Fronzaglio, Madison Rowland and Sarah Martin had a hit apiece. Freshman Jamie Roberts took the win on the mound, giving up five hits and walking five.
Airline hosts two-seed St. Amant , which blasted Lafayette 14-0 in the opening round, at 5 p.m. Friday on Viking Drive.
Calvary: The Lady Cavs will play at Winnfield at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the second round of the 2A playoffs. Freshman pitcher Tara Irvin, who became eligible on April 5 after transferring from Haughton, hurled the win in the opener and will be on the mound against Winnfield.
“We have a lot of people hitting the ball throughout the lineup,” Calvary coach Tiffany Frazier said. “We had 16 hits in our opening game, but we play a team that is used to the playoffs in the second round.”
North Caddo: Even though Kassie Harris cracked a home run, Kinder eliminated North Caddo from the Class 2A playoffs with a 3-1 win. Rachel Pittman and Tesla Hughes also had two hits for coach Lory Kowaleski.
“Kinder is a very solid team defensively and on the mound, and we just could not put together our seven hits,” Kowaleski said. “We had a great pitching performance (Jordi Mason), and our best defensive game of the year.”
Kowaleski was pleased with the team’s 19-10 record, the best in her four seasons in Vivian.
“And also we had a district win over Evangel, who had not lost a district game in six years,” she said. “We had the highest seed at 15 in all my years and we landed a home game in the first round. I would say overall we had a very successful season.”