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NORTH LITTLE ROCK SOFTBALL Cats wanting to return to title form

Anthony Cantrell is in a unique position.

The North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats, for the first time since anyone can remember, are coming off a losing season after years of recent success and state championships.

And they are young.

“We’ve got 16 total kids,” Cantrell said, “and of those 10 are freshmen or sophomores.”

That may appear to be a tough hand to play, but Cantrell said his team will do fine without any excess pressure.

“They don’t know they aren’t supposed to be good,” Cantrell said. “There’s no pressure at all.”

Cantrell will work with four pitchers. Junior Katy Kennison got the bulk of the work last season and will get a look again. Meanwhile sophomore Rachel Gregory and freshmen Lanie Necessary and Kaleigh Wynne will get looks as well.

According to Cantrell, Wynne has extensive tournament experience.

Cantrell said his team will be strong offensively and will have some speed.

“We’ve got some seniors that can run, and hit into gaps,” Cantrell said.

Their first contest of the season was rained out on Tuesday, but the Lady Charging Wildcats hope to get six games in Longview, Tex. this weekend.

It will give Cantrell a chance to see what he has before a rigorous conference schedule against the likes of Bryant, Benton, Russellville and Sylvan Hills.

This team promises to be interesting for Cantrell.

“We will compete,” Cantrell said. “And we will have fun doing it.”

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