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Pantherettes Outlast Atlanta in Epic Series

SoftballGreg Higgins
Pantherettes: Regional Quarterfinal Champions

Pantherettes: Regional Quarterfinal Champions

In their three game series, North Lamar and Atlanta battled to the very end. All three games were decided by a comeback victory. North Lamar scored 17 runs in the series while Atlanta scored 16. They played 26 innings in the three games and in the end, North Lamar is advancing.

Game 1: Atlanta 7 North Lamar 6 (12 innings)

Reagan Richardson both hit and pitched well for the Pantherettes. She reached base six times. She had a triple in the fifth inning and a double in the twelfth for North Lamar. She also went the distance in the circle as she allowed six runs on seven hits.

North Lamar struck first as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Richardson and Bailee Nickerson would score when Erin Scholl singled. Scholl would then score on a ground out by Summer Andrews.

Atlanta would tie the game in the second inning on a three-run double by Cydnee Wood. North Lamar would have a 5-3 lead heading into the sixth inning. However, Atlanta would score one run in each of the sixth and seventh to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

The game would remained tied at five until the tenth inning, when Atlanta would score. A sacrifice fly by Madison Morrison in the bottom of the inning would tie it up, though. Atlanta would take the lead for good, though, in the twelfth inning.

Reagan Richardson getting ready to pitch against Atlanta

Reagan Richardson getting ready to pitch against Atlanta

Game 2: North Lamar 6 Atlanta 5

Reagan Richardson, once again, went the distance for the Pantherettes in the circle. It was her bat, though, that helped secure the win. She went 4-4 from the plate with two singles and two doubles.

Her biggest at bat came in the seventh inning. Trailing 5-4 and the possibility of their season ending, Reagan led off the inning with a double. Bailee Nickerson would double her home to tie the game. The Pantherettes would finish the comeback and take the lead when Erin Scholl doubled Bailee home.

In the circle, Reagan allowed three earned runs, seven hits, two walks and struck out six batters.

Jaycie McEwin squaring around for a bunt for North Lamar

Jaycie McEwin squaring around for a bunt for North Lamar

Game 3: North Lamar 5 Atlanta 4

After playing nearly six hours on Friday night, the Pantherettes and Lady Rabbits met for one final time this season on Saturday afternoon. Both teams know what to expect from each other.

It wasn't until the fourth inning that either team finally got on the board. It was North Lamar striking first. Bailee Nickerson and Erin Scholl opened the inning with singles. Nickerson would be thrown out trying to score on a grounder by Summer Andrews. Bill Jones would hit a grounder to third. The throw to first was high and wide which allowed Scholl and Andrews to both score.

The score would remain 2-0 until the sixth inning. Atlanta would score four runs in the inning to take a 4-2 lead.

North Lamar would answer like they have all season. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Pantherettes would grab three runs. It started when Madison Morrison reached on an error by the third basemen. Nickerson would single her to second. Morrison would score on a single by Scholl.

Summer would hit a high pop up behind the pitching circle but the shortstop for Atlanta dropped it. Nickerson would score to tie the game. Scholl would score later in the inning on a fielder's choice. That would be all the Pantherettes would get in the inning but it was enough.

Brooke Collard, who came in to relieve Reagan Richardson in the sixth would close out the game for the Pantherettes. After giving up a leadoff single and walking the next batter, Collard got a fielder's choice, a strikeout and a ground out to end the game.

With the win, the North Lamar Pantherettes advance to play Krum in the Regional Semifinals. Time and location have yet to be set.