The last time the North Lamar Pantherettes played Pleasant Grove, it was for the right to go to the state tournament in Austin. North Lamar outlasted the Lady Hawks in a three-game battle. This time it wasn't for the right to play in Austin, but rather, for the first district win.
Aided by a 10-run fourth inning, North Lamar jumped all over the visitors from Texarkana 14-1. The Pantherettes jumped out early thanks to a couple of walks and some sacrificing flies. North Lamar scored two in the first inning and one each in the second and third.
While the offense was producing runs, junior Reagan Richardson was dominating in the circle. The first hit allowed came in the top of the fourth. It was a solo home run hit by the pitcher, Kristin Key. It was one of three hits allowed all night. Reagan also struck out 10 batters, with seven of those looking at third strike.
Reagan helped herself at the plate, too. Leading off the inning, she took the first pitch she saw in the fourth inning and drove it over the right field fence. That seemed to open the flood gates as the first six batters reached safely and 15 batters batted in the inning.
Reagan wasn't the only homerun hitter on the night. Freshman Ashlyn Reavis hit a three-run shot over the left field fence in the same inning. Reavis finished with a team high five RBI's in the game. Richardson had three while Madison Morrison, Bailee Nickerson, Erin Scholl and Brooke Collard each had one RBI apiece.
With the win, the Pantherettes are now 12-3 (1-0) for the season. They will be on the road for the next three games against Liberty Eylau, Paris and Atlanta before returning home in two weeks to face Pittsburg.