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NORTH LITTLE ROCK SOFTBALL Cats pick up two wins

Make up games have been kind to the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats.

North Little Rock made up a weather postponement against Marion winning 2-1 on Monday followed by a 12-1 drubbing of Searcy on Tuesday.

“We are playing pretty good,” coach Anthony Cantrell said. “We didn’t play well against Beebe (a week ago), but Beebe is a good team.”

Cantrell said better weather has helped his young team, and his go to players have stepped up their game.

Kaleigh Wynne has pitched well averaging nearly eight strikeouts per game and has won 13 games already against three losses.

“We’ve just got to keep playing,” Cantrell said. “We are young in age, but not young in softball. The more we play the better we get.”

The sticks are coming alive as well. McKenzie Esposito shined last week in North Little Rock’s 10-2 win against Bryant going 3-for-3 with a grand slam against the Lady Hornets.

Katy Kinnison leads the club in homeruns, and Sidney Parr has been the table setter in the leadoff spot that Cantrell had hoped she would be in the beginning of the year.

Cantrell is working his philosophy of getting as many innings of experience as possible with three sets of games in the next week.

North Little Rock heads to Marion to rematch the Lady Patriots and play Little Rock Central on Friday then Greenbrier on Monday.

“Nobody wants to practice,” Cantrell said.

The games don’t get much easier. The Bears take on the Searcy Lions and the Benton Panthers.

The Bears are 10-7 so far this season, but are in the driver’s seat in conference play with just one league loss at 7-1.

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