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NORTH LITTLE ROCK BASEBALL Cats get split in northwest roadtrip

North Little Rock baseball is thriving.

Even when they suffer a setback, head coach Randy Sandefur finds something positive.

The Charging Wildcats traveled to Northwest Arkansas over the weekend to take on the Bentonville Tigers on Friday and the Har-Ber Wildcats on Saturday.

Friday didn’t go as planned.

“We just didn’t play well from top to bottom,” Sandefur said. “It just didn’t happen. When you play 30 games a year, you have games like this. Hopefully, you don’t have games like this in conference play or the state tournament.”

The Charging Wildcats fell behind 6-0 in a 10-2 loss.

Sandefur said the bright spot was Troy Kimbrell who pitched the game’s last four innings and didn’t yield an earned run.

“He’s a guy that we know now that we can put in the middle of a game and eat innings,” Sandefur said.

Even though the Charging Wildcats’ weekend started off a little tough, Saturday was much better.

North Little Rock beat Har-Ber 12-6 and did some team building before returning home attending the Arkansas Razorbacks’ win over LSU on Saturday night.

“We wanted to do something to help this team stay together,” Sandefur said.

Sandefur said his team is meshing nicely on the field.

“They play well together,” Sandefur said. “Each guy knows their role and have bought in. They pull for each other and are responding well.”

North Little Rock is 6-0 in league play with three more double-header series to go starting with a road trip to Marion on Wednesday.

The halfway mark of the league schedule has arrived. If the Charging Wildcats can stay the course, championship hardware could be in their future.

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