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NORTH LITTLE ROCK SOFTBALL | Cats back in state title form

So far, the North Little Rock Lady Wildcats are continuing where they left off last year.

The defending 7A state champs have only lost three contests while adjusting to the loss of five players from last year’s team. Four of those were seniors while one was a freshman pitcher who moved to Nashville, Tenn.

With an 11-3 overall mark, North Little Rock (4-1 6A/7A-East) has lost to Russellville (2-0), Rogers (3-2) and Cabot (9-7). Russellville is known to have one if not the top pitcher in the state, and the combined number of runs in those three setbacks is four. Coach Anthony Cantrell is pleased the Lady Wildcats have been in every game and are playing together as a team.

“I tell the girls no one position is more important than another,” Cantrell said. “We hit up and down the lineup and play good defense. As long as the pitchers can throw strikes, we will be in games. The thing is we worry about us and can’t look forward to other teams.”

This past weekend, North Little Rock went to Northwest Arkansas where it lost to Rogers but defeated Springdale Har-Ber, 5-4. Cantrell said it was good to see how the Lady Wildcats played against some good teams and also showed him a few areas of improvement.

“It opened our eyes to what we need to do,” he said. “We left kids runners on base. In getting timely hits, we need to be aggressive.”

Yesterday, North Little Rock played Searcy and travel to Marion today.

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