The Panther Press

North Lamar Continues District Domination in Win Over Paris

SoftballGreg Higgins
(Photo by Joe Watson) Madison Morrison rounding third base after a first inning home run against Paris. 

(Photo by Joe Watson) Madison Morrison rounding third base after a first inning home run against Paris. 

Through three games in district, the North Lamar Pantherettes have outscored their opponents 44-4. That total includes a 14-2 victory over crosstown rival Paris High on Friday night. The game was supposed to be played at Paris High. Rain earlier in the day, though, caused the game to be moved to Chisum High School.

North Lamar is used to outstanding pitching. We've watched Reagan Richardson for three years now and enjoyed her dominance. However, a freshman for Paris High was equally impressive on Friday night.

(Photo by Joe Watson) Reagan Richardson getting the sign from catcher Bailee Nickerson. 

(Photo by Joe Watson) Reagan Richardson getting the sign from catcher Bailee Nickerson. 

Richardson sat down 15 Lady Cats via the strikeout on Friday night while Saya Swain struck out 14 batters in the losing effort. The problem was the seven errors committed behind her that allowed North Lamar to score 14 runs. That and the impressive hitting by the Pantherettes.

Madison Morrison, Bailee Nickerson and Reagan Richardson all hit home runs on the night. Morrison got the scoring started with her home run over the centerfield fence in the top of the first inning. North Lamar would add one more in the inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Paris would get a run in the bottom of the inning without getting a hit. Two walks and an error plated Taylor Looney for the Lady Cats. The game would remain that way until the fourth inning.

The Pantherettes would score two runs in the fourth and fifth inning. They would blow the game open, though, with four runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Erin Scholl led the team with four RBI's. Richardson, Morrison and Nickerson each had two RBI's. Summer Andrews and Ashlyn Reavis each had one for North Lamar.

Paris got their other run in the fifth inning. Swain hit a towering two-run homer for the Lady Cats. However, a coaches appeal at first base was held up by the umpires as they said she never touched first base after the hit. The first run counted, but hers did not.

With the win, North Lamar is now 3-0 in district and will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday night. Paris is now 0-3 and will be at Pleasant Grove on Tuesday.

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