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WINNSBORO, Texas — Grace Pippin worked a shutout inside the circle, and Shea Nelson paced the offensive attack with three hits and two RBI for Hughes Springs in a 6-0, one-and-done area softball playoff game against DeKalb Friday.

Emma McKinney had two hits, and Pippin, Karmen Searcy and Maggie Pate all singled for Hughes Springs.

Pippin struck out six, walked four and allowed three hits.

Linden-Kildare splits pair

GLADEWATER, Texas —Trey Phillips went the distance on the hill for Linden-Kildare, and the Tigers stayed alive in a best-of-three bi-district softball playoff series with a 7-4 win over Alba-Golden on Friday night.

Alba-Golden won the opener, 1-0, earlier in the day. The teams will settle the series at 3 p.m. today back in Gladewater.

Phillips struck out seven and walked one, giving up two earned runs. Hunter Crenshaw doubled twice and drove in a run for the Tigers. Jackson Lee added two hits and an RBI.

In the opening game, Landon Green struck out five with one walk and four hits allowed in seven shutout innings as Alba-Golden edged Linden-Kildare, 1-0, to open the bi-district series.

Mason Johnson struck out seven, walked four and gave up one earned run on one hit in the loss for Linden-Kildare. Hunter Crenshaw, Colt Neville, Clayton Mulkey and Carter Foreman had hits for the Tigers.

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