After a disappointing performance against Atlanta on Tuesday night, the North Lamar Pantherettes took out some frustration Friday night against the Paris Lady Cats. They only needed four at-bats to put up 22 runs against their crosstown rival. That along with a dominating pitching performance gave North Lamar a 22-0 victory.
In the circle, North Lamar only allowed one hit and one walk to Paris. Both of those came off relief pitcher Reagan Richardson, who went two innings. Starting pitcher Brooke Collard pitched three innings of perfect softball.
Offensively, the Pantherette bats exploded against Paris. Bailee Nickerson led the way with five hits in five plate appearances. She belted two homers and drove in six runs.
"Hopefully this boosts our confidence a lot," Nickerson told me after the game. "With Lauren getting that grand slam, hopefully it shows us that we can hit the ball every time."
The play she is referring to is in the bottom of the fourth inning when Lauren Hodges stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. Lauren took a 2-2 pitch and hitter it over the right field fence. As soon as she made contact, you knew the ball was out of here.
Not only was this a game against Paris, but it was senior night for the Pantherettes. North Lamar's two seniors, Jaycie McEwin and Bill Jones had a memorable game last regular season home game.
"Going out with a bang," Jaycie said about the game. But we still have a big game."
That big game she is referring to is Tuesday night at Pleasant Grove. North Lamar defeated the Lady Hawks earlier in the season at home.
"It's not over yet," Bill added. "We still have a lot of work to do."