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North Lamar Pantherettes: Area Champions

SoftballGreg Higgins
 Infield meeting at the pitchers circle after Reagan struck out a batter.

Infield meeting at the pitchers circle after Reagan struck out a batter.

The North Lamar Pantherettes only needed two games to get by the Brownsboro Bearettes in the Area Round of the playoffs. However, it wasn’t an easy two games for Coach Fendley and the Pantherettes.

Game 1: North Lamar 3 Brownsboro 2 (8 Innings)

Brownsboro, Tx - Sarah Penrose drove in the winning run to give North Lamar the lead in the eighth inning, as the Pantheretts hung on to beat Brownsboro 3-2 in game one. Bailee Nickerson singled to get on base in the eighth. She then went from first to third on a groundout by Erin Scholl, and would score on Penrose’s sacrifice fly.

Nickerson did her best to jumpstart the offense for North Lamar Pantheretts Varsity, reaching base three times. She singled in the first and eighth innings.

The top of the first saw North Lamar take an early lead, 1-0. North Lamar's threat began with a single by Nickerson. A stolen base then moved Nickerson from first to second. She would then score on an error by the Brownsboro defense.

 Bailee Nickerson with one of her two hits in Game 1 against Brownsboro.

Bailee Nickerson with one of her two hits in Game 1 against Brownsboro.

North Lamar got one-run rallies in the third inning and the eighth. In the third, North Lamar Pantheretts Varsity scored when Scholl was hit by a pitch, bringing home Reagan Richardson.

Brownsboro scored two runs of its own in the third. Brownsboro scored on a groundout by Kristen Anderson and an error.

Richardson pitched all eight innings for North Lamar. She gave up five hits and no earned runs. She had six strikeouts and only one walk in the win.

Game 2: North Lamar 6 Brownsboro 3

Commerce, Tx - Jaycie McEwin drove in the winning run to give North Lamar the lead in the sixth inning, as they hung on to beat Brownsboro 6-3 on Friday.

It was Madison Morrison that got the rally started for North Lamar in the sixth. Morrison took a 1-1 pitch and placed it over the left-field fence to start the inning. North Lamar would put up six runs in the inning on their way to the win.

"To be honest, I didn't know it was a homer. I was between second and third and Fendley told me to slow down," Madison said after the game. "[Fendley] told me it went over the fence and I said, 'What?' I had no idea until then."

To be honest, I didn’t know it was a homer.
— Madison Morrison

Lauren Hodges singled to get on base in the sixth. She then went from first to third on an RBI single by McEwin.

Reagan Richardson was a workhorse on the rubber for North Lamar. Richardson, pitching in back-to-back games went the distance in the circle. Richardson allowed two earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out three over seven innings of work.

Two runs gave Brownsboro a leg up after neither team scored for most of the game. Brownsboro got on the board thanks to an error and a sacrifice fly by Brittany Johnson in the fourth inning.

North Lamar scored their six runs in the sixth by an RBI double by Richardson, a solo home run by Morrison, and two singles. Brownsboro scored one run in the top of the seventh to cut its deficit to three but that’s all they would get as Bill Jones threw out a runner at the plate to end the game.

"We had a great team effort," Richardson said after the series. "Madison had a big home run, Bill threw out a runner at the plate. We all played great."

North Lamar will now face Athens in the next round of the playoffs. Athens knocked off Pittsburg in the Area Round of the playoffs.