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NORTH LITTLE ROCK SOFTBALL | Cats get two conference victories last week

North Little Rock experienced two different kinds of triumphs last week.

The Charging Lady Wildcats’ first victory was a 17-4 wallop over Searcy last Tuesday. Last Thursday, North Little Rock (13-3, 6-1 6A/7A-South) came from behind to defeat Marion, 8-5.

In the Searcy contest, McKenzie Escovedo was 5-for-5 with four doubles. She is hitting over .500 as is leadoff hitter Sydney Parr while Morgan Seaton is hitting over .400. North Little Rock Coach Anthony Cantrell said when Parr gets on base good things happen.

At Marion, the Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Marion tied the contest at three and then owned a 5-3 margin going into the top of the seventh. North Little Rock scored runs on Parr’s RBI-triple and Reagan Sperling’s two-run double. Lainey Necessary and Rachel Gregory pitched for the Lady Wildcats.

“We had to come from behind to beat Har-Ber (5-4, a couple of weeks ago),” Cantrell said. “We have a scrappy bunch. We play good when they play loose. They don’t give up and don’t quit.”

A contest with Little Rock Central last Friday was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader May 6. North Little Rock did have West Memphis on its schedule Thursday, but that was played in a doubleheader on April 1. So, the Lady Charging Wildcats don’t play again until April 30 when they travel to Mountain Home for a doubleheader. While Cantrell would rather be on the field, he can see some positives of the layoff.

“We’ll work on bunt coverage and fielding ground balls,” he said. “The pitchers will also throw to live hitters, and the hitters will hit live pitching.”

Additionally, Cantrell said they will work on base running and also just do what they can do to get better. He is glad this layoff is now instead of before the state tournament and will use it to shore up some aspects.

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