The Panther Press

Tanna Huie Helps Lift North Lamar over Atlanta in District Softball Action

SoftballGreg Higgins
 Tanna Huie with a double in the fifth inning against Atlanta Friday night. Huie also had a home run for North Lamar in the 4-2 victory.

Tanna Huie with a double in the fifth inning against Atlanta Friday night. Huie also had a home run for North Lamar in the 4-2 victory.

The North Lamar Pantherettess came into Friday night's game with Atlanta hoping the offense would wake up. After struggling against Pittsburg Wednesday, Coach Fendley knew his team would have to hit the ball better to have a chance to beat the Lady Rabbits.

Although the box score only shows four hits for the Pantherettes, it's not a great representation of what actually transpired on the field. North Lamar hit the ball all night and hit it hard. Unfortunately, the majority of the hits were right at the Atlanta defense.

Two hits, however, were not right at the defense and that was the difference in the game. Senior Tanna Huie hit a three-run homer in the third inning to open up the scoring. Then, in the fifth inning, she hit a double off the center field fence. She would come around to score the final run for North Lamar on an error by the Atlanta defense.

 Reagan Richardson getting the signs from catcher Bailee Nickerson during the game Friday night.

Reagan Richardson getting the signs from catcher Bailee Nickerson during the game Friday night.

"Wednesday I wasn't hitting good, so I needed to come back and I've been practicing; giving extra hours," Tanna said about her two big hits. "Felt good to hit it, especially against this team."

Reagan Richardson pitched a great game for the Pantherettes as well. The freshman threw 102 pitches and 70 of them were strikes. She allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked one batter. The only runs for Atlanta came with two outs in the seventh. With a runner on, A. Simmons launched a two-run homer over fence just left of centerfield. The next batter, however, would strike out to end the game.

"I was nervous," Richardson about starting against Atlanta. "I knew our team could do it, though...we did some good things well on defense. I wouldn't have been able to pitch as well as I did without that team."

After the 4-2 victory for North Lamar, the Pantherettes are now 3-0 in district. They do not play again until Friday night when they will host the crosstown rival Paris Ladycats.