North Lamar got a dominating performance from freshman Reagan Richardson and timely hitting to vault themselves past Pittsburg 5-1 on Monday night. It was a game that was supposed to be played last Tuesday night. However, two rain delays and one lightning storm caused it to be pushed back to Monday night.
Reagan started in the circle and dominated the night. Reagan pitched her first no-hitter of her high-school career. Richardson went the distance striking out eight and only walking one for North Lamar. The only run came on two throwing errors in the first inning.
Reagan also helped herself at the plate as she led off the game with a single. She would come around and score the first run on an RBI groundout by Madison Morrison. The game would remain 1-1 until the sixth inning. Sarah Penrose led off the inning with a single and Bill Jones worked a walk. Erin Scholl, who has had a rough time in district hitting the ball, got a hold of 1-2 pitch and planted it over the left field fence.
"It felt amazing to finally be back," Scholl said about her home run. "To be able to help the team out. It felt great.....it felt so good to finally hit the ball."
North Lamar would add an insurance run in the seventh inning after Bailee Nickerson was hit by a pitch. Penrose took a 2-0 pitch and roped a double off the left field fence allowing Nickerson to score. Richardson sowed up the win with two strikeouts in the seventh inning.
Of the 93 pitches Reagan threw, 75% of them were strikes. For the season, her ERA is .950 and she is averaging almost seven strikeouts a game while only averaging just over one walk per game. In 17 games pitched this season, Richardson has only allowed 10 earned runs.
On a bitter-sweet note, Monday night was the final game for Senior Tanna Huie. Tanna will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in her shoulder. North Lamar will miss her bat as she had a batting average of .536 this season and drove in 23 runs. More importantly, though, is the fact they will miss her leadership on the field. All that aside, though, The Panther Press wishes Tanna a speedy recovery and the best of luck as she goes on to play college ball next season.
"It was probably the worst outing I could have had for my last game," Tanna said after the win. "My teammates picked me up, though, like they always do. It doesn't feel realistic that [I just played my last game in High School]. I have college ball, so I'll be going into that. That's the big picture here so that's what I'm focusing on."
In four plate appearances on the night, Tanna went 1-4 with two striekouts. It was fitting, however, that the last out was a pop fly to centerfield in which Tanna secured in her glove for the victory.
North Lamar will face crosstown rival Paris High at Paris on Tuesday night and then will be home for senior night against Pleasant Grove on Friday. Both games start at 6:00.