The Panther Press

Pantherettes Edge Pleasant Grove to Remain Undefeated in District

SoftballGreg Higgins
Bailee Nickerson with one of her three hits Saturday against Pleasant Grove.

Bailee Nickerson with one of her three hits Saturday against Pleasant Grove.

The North Lamar Pantherettes played their second district game in as many days when they travelled to Texarkana Saturday. North Lamar switched Tuesday night's contest to Saturday because of the soccer playoff game.

Reagan Richardson stepping into a pitch Saturday against Pleasant Grove.

Reagan Richardson stepping into a pitch Saturday against Pleasant Grove.

North Lamar had no problem hitting the ball Saturday as they had nine of them. However, they had a hard time pushing runs across the plate. Pleasant Grove opened up the scoring in the second inning when Kimmie Atienza took a Reagan Richardson pitch and launched it over the centerfield fence. For a moment, it looked like Tanna Huie would be able to reach up and catch it, but the ball sailed just over her glove.

The game would remain that score until the sixth inning. Huie reached base on a single to start the inning. Bailee Nickerson singled her over to third. Erin Scholl hit the ball to the shortstop, who tried gunning Tanna down at the plate. Tanna was able to slide around the catcher who was blocking the plate.

Bill Jones then singled to score Nickerson, giving the Pantherettes a 2-1 lead. That was all that was needed for Richardson, who pitched a great game. Richardson, who pitched four innings Friday night, threw a complete game on Saturday. In her seven innings of work, she allowed one run on two hits. She struck out six and walked none.

The hottest hitter for North Lamar, though, is Nickerson. After going 3-4 on Friday night, Bailee went 3-3 on Saturday. She set up the tying run and scored the go-ahead run for North Lamar. With the win, North Lamar is now 6-0 in district. They will now go on the road for three straight games as they play in Pittsburg, in Atlanta and at Paris.