The Panther Press

Pantherettes Edge Pittsburg in Second District Game

SoftballGreg Higgins
Reagan Richardson on third base before scoring the first run of the game for North Lamar.

Reagan Richardson on third base before scoring the first run of the game for North Lamar.

It wasn't a pretty game for North Lamar, but it was a win. It was a game that was scheduled to be played Monday but had to be moved because of the field conditions. Then the game was pushed back almost an hour and a half because the umpires were delayed getting to the park. After all of that, North Lamar escaped with a 3-1 win over Pittsburg to remain undefeated in district play.

All the offense came from the top four batters for North Lamar. Reagan Richardson, Madison Morrison and Bailee Nickerson each had two hits for the Pantherettes while Tanna Huie had one. Nobody else in the lineup was able to get a hit off the Lady Pirates' pitchers. Six of the seven hits were singles for North Lamar. Nickerson had a double for the Pantherettes.

The scoring started in the first for North Lamar when Richardson opened the game with a single. The center fielder over ran the ball, allowing Reagan to reach third base. Richardson would score when Morrison singled. Nickerson's double when then score Madison giving the Pantherettes an early 2-0 lead.

Coach Fendley discussing strategy with North Lamar senior Tanna Huie before she goes to bat Wednesday night.

Coach Fendley discussing strategy with North Lamar senior Tanna Huie before she goes to bat Wednesday night.

Sarah Penrose and the North Lamar defense would make sure that lead held. In the second inning, Pittsburg would get a runner to third base with only one out. The next batter would strike out, and a ground out later would end the inning and securing the two-run lead.

 Pittsburg would get the leadoff hitter on base the first three innings only to watch the inning end with them stranded on base. It wasn't until the fourth inning that they scored their only run of the game.

Richardson pitched the last three innings for the Pantherettes to secure the victory. Penrose went four innings, gave up three hits and struck out two. Richardson went three innings, gave up two hits and struck out three.

"We weren't prepared for the game," coach Fendley said afterwards. "We got a win 3-1, but if we play like that Friday, we won't be 3-0 in district."

North Lamar is home on Friday to face the Atlanta Lady Rabbits at 6:00 p.m.