Liberty-Eylau took the first pitch Reagan Richardson threw Friday night and planted it over the left field fence for an early 1-0 lead. That didn't phase the freshman, however, as she only allowed one other hit over her four innings of work. As a matter of fact, Richardson struck out nine of the next 11 batters she faced as North Lamar cruised to a 12-1 victory.
Offensively for the Pantherettes, North Lamar was clicking at the plate. Three straight doubles in the first inning put North Lamar up 3-1. Madison Morrison, Tanna Huie and Bailee Nickerson all doubled off the LE starting pitcher.
North Lamar would add four more runs in the second inning, highlighted by a Nickerson home run that went over the scoreboard in left field. Nickerson would also get another hit in her next at bat. She doubled to left field. The fielder kicked the ball, allowing her to get to third base. Bailee led the team with four RBI on the night.
Bailee and Tanna each had three hits. The other hits were scattered among Richardson, Morrison, Sarah Penrose, Summer Andrews and Jaycie McEwin. With the win, North Lamar is now 4-0 in district play and they will play Pleasant Grove Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Texarkana. This game was supposed to be played Tuesday but was moved because of playoff Soccer.
Prior to the game, the North Lamar Pantherettes showed their support for Aiden Walters. Aiden is a six-year old North Lamar student that has an inoperable brain tumor and another tumor on his pancreas. North Lamar and the community have come together to help raise money for this cause. Prior to the game, North Lamar held a BBQ fundraiser that helped raise over $3,000 for Aiden and his family.