The Panther Press

Pantherettes Defeat Paris in Crosstown Showdown

Greg Higgins
(Photo by Bill Higgins) Bill Jones connects with a three-run homer in the first inning of Friday night's game with Paris.

(Photo by Bill Higgins) Bill Jones connects with a three-run homer in the first inning of Friday night's game with Paris.

The North Lamar Pantheretts jumped out to an early lead on Paris and captured an 18-1 victory on Friday. North Lamar put up eight runs in the first inning, highlighted by Bill Jones three-run homer over the center field fence. Tanna Huie and Bailee Nickerson both had RBI doubles in the inning as well.

Nickerson also had a solo home run in the game for North Lamar. Jaycie McEwin drove in two on an RBI single in the second inning.

North Lamar, leading 11-1 after two innings, added five more in the third. Erin Scholl provided the big blast of the inning as she connected on a Paris' pitch and drove it over the left field fence. Huie and Nickerson both would score. 

Bill led the team with four RBI in the game. McEwin and Nickerson both had three hits. Sarah Penrose got the win in the circle for North Lamar. Sara went five innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five for North Lamar.

(Photo by Bill Higgins) Jordan Jones stretching to get a runner out at first base Friday night in her first game after tearing her ACL.

(Photo by Bill Higgins) Jordan Jones stretching to get a runner out at first base Friday night in her first game after tearing her ACL.

Another bright spot for North Lamar was the play of Jordan Jones. Jordan played in her first game since her sophomore year. In her Junior year, Jordan tore the ACL in her knee and had to have surgery to repair it. Then, last fall, Jordan tore the ACL in her other knee. Jones has been battling back to try and get on the field during her senior year and she did just that.

"It felt amazing to actually get out and play," Jordan said after the game. "I was nervous about messing up and about the game."

She showed, though, she had no reason to be nervous. She played first base for coach Fendley and played it flawlessly. Jordan didn't get to bat until later in the game. Her first at bat was a line-out to the short stop.

"I didn't want to put her in defensively and to bat," Fendley said after the game. "I wanted to ease her into it."

North Lamar will now play Pleasant Grove on Tuesday in Texarkana.