Leesville at Neville Softball - Rd. 2 4A Playoffs

Round 2 Class 4A playoff game played at Forsythe Park, Monroe, LA, April 21, 2021. Photo by TOM MORRIS/The Ouachita Citizen.

West Monroe and Neville each saw their softball seasons end in the semifinals Friday afternoon in Sulphur. 

The Lady Rebels fell in a pitcher's duel to Airline, 2-1, while North DeSoto squeezed past Neville, 3-2. 

West Monroe trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning before Maddie Hayden's solo homer tied the game. LSU commit Raelin Chaffin hit the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning and closed the door from inside the circle for Airline's victory. 

Chaffin held West Monroe's offense at bay with 14 strikeouts. Hayden was 2-for-3 for the Lady Rebels, and Maddie Nichols struck out nine in the loss. 

In Neville's one-run loss, the Lady Tigers tied the game, 2-2, in the third inning on Kaitlyn "KK" Worsham's two-run single. Worsham had 14 RBIs in the last three postseason games combined. 

Elle Carter was 3-for-4 for the Lady Tigers in the loss. 

Addie Nickelson allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in the loss. 

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