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SYLVAN HILLS SOFTBALL

She couldn’t have asked for a better start to a new tenure.

The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears ushered in the Justine Gladden era with a bang—a bang of their bats in a 22-0 win over a Maumelle Lady Hornets’ program that is in it’s infancy.

“Couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Gladden said.

The Lady Bears’ bats rattled throughout the 5-inning affair, and Gladden used two of her stud pitchers.

Tyra Williams and Jeana Canady each got time in the circle. Williams pitched three innings allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out three.

Canady came on in relief and threw the final two and registered a walk and a strikeout.

While both pitchers didn’t put up dominating individual pitching numbers, Gladden said both her pitchers did an outstanding job pitching to contact.

“We had a ton of defensive chances,” Gladden said.

Speaking of contact, Canady took advantage at the plate. She made contact in both of her first two at bats and sent both swings over the fence and accounted for five runs batted in.

The competition gets exponentially tougher with their next game when they head up the road to Burns Park to take on the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats, a team that will have a very familiar feel.

“They all know each other,” Gladden said. “They’ve played against, and with each other in summer ball.”

North Little Rock is coming off a 2-4 trip to Longview, Texas over the weekend.

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