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NORTH LITTLE ROCK BASEBALL Cats head north and west for weekend games

Things are coming together for the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats. Head coach Randy Sandefur’s club is winning games in a variety of ways and utilizing depth when they can.

In wins over Sylvan Hills and Maumelle, Sandefur said he was able to utilize several young players including six different pitchers on Monday against the Hornets.

“All six of them did a good job,” Sandefur said. “We have a lot of players that fill roles on this team. They know their roles and we’ve gotten some really good production out of them.”

Landon Gray, Paul Morris and Drew Denny played bigger roles in non-league games over the weekend.

“We put the kids in certain situations,” Sandefur said. “They have all responded.”

The Charging Wildcats have gone undefeated in the last week after beating Sylvan Hills 7-6 in nine innings on Friday followed by a win over Maumelle and a double header sweep of Searcy beating the Lions in conference play 8-1 and 14-5.

“We are hitting it good,” Sandefur said.

Preston Oberling was a double threat on Tuesday pitching seven innings in game one of Tuesday’s double-header striking out 13 Lions.

“We were able to keep his pitch count down,” Sandefur said. “As a team, we have been pretty focused.

Oberling also performed well at the plate on Tuesday getting a pair of hits in each game.

Sandefur lauded praise over several members of his team including Alex Gosser, Spencer Byrd and Danny Mitchell.

“They are seeing the ball really well right now,” Sandefur said. “Mitchell tracked down a couple balls in the outfield that not a lot of players get to.”

The weekend holds more adventures for North Little Rock (15-2, 6-0) with a trip to northwest Arkansas to take on Bentonville on Friday and Springdale Har-Ber on Saturday followed by a trip to watch the Arkansas Razorbacks take on LSU at Baum Stadium.

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