The Panther Press

Pantherettes Roll into Area Round of the Playoffs

SoftballGreg Higgins
(Both photos by Joe Watson) Reagan Richardson (left) and Brooke Collard with homeruns in the fourth inning of North Lamar's win over Rains.  

(Both photos by Joe Watson) Reagan Richardson (left) and Brooke Collard with homeruns in the fourth inning of North Lamar's win over Rains.  

Like a train just leaving the station, the North Lamar Pantherettes took a couple of innings to get up to full speed in their Bi-District matchup with Rains. When they did, though, it was over quickly as they defeated Rains 15-0 in five innings to move on to the Area Round.

In the one-game series, North Lamar scored one run in the second inning, two in the third and 12 in the fourth. Every starter, with the exception of one had at least one RBI for North Lamar in the game. The first run of the game came when Erin Scholl was hit by a pitch. She would come around and score a few batters later on a Lauren Hodges single.

North Lamar would get two more in the next inning. Keagan Fendley would reach on an error and then steal second base. Reagan Richardson would then bring her home on a single. It was one of four RBI Richardson would have on the night. Freshman Kerissa Gilliam, a courtesy runner for the pitcher, would come around and score on a sacrifice fly by Bailee Nickerson.

The next inning would provide the fireworks as North Lamar would send 15 batters to the plate, scoring 12 of them. Summer Andrews got things going with a walk. Two batters later, Brooke Collard hit a home run to make the score 5-0. A combination of walks, hit batters and singles kept the runs coming across the plate for North Lamar.

The next big hit came off the bat of Richardson. Already leading 12-0 and with two runners on base, Reagan took the first pitch she saw and planted it over the right field fence.

It wasn't just an offensive explosion either. Defensively the Pantherettes played great. Of course a lot of that starts in the circle. Richardson didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. It was the only hit she allowed in the game. She also walked one and hit a batter. She did strike out 10 batters as well.

North Lamar now moves on top play Henderson in the Area round. That will also be a one game series and will be played in Lindale on Friday at 6:30.

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