The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats appear to be on a nice little upswing after a bad loss to Bryant last week.
North Little Rock has won seven of their first eight outings including a double-header sweep of Cabot on Tuesday night, 5-2 and 8-4.
Preston Oberling pitched into the seventh inning and registered 10 strikeouts in game one despite suffering from strep and tonsillitis.
"We’ve been able to stay locked in and focused," North Little Rock head coach Randy Sandefur said. "We are pitching to contact and playing good defense."
But as good as Sandefur’s pitching has been, he said that the Charging Wildcats’ approach at the plate has been excellent, especially situational.
"They are really buying into our approach," Sandefur said. "We hit to all fields."
Going with outside pitches and hitting to all fields with two strikes has worked well.
"We’ve been able to be patient," Sandefur said, "and work up pitch counts."
It also doesn’t hurt to have a couple power hitters. Alex Gosser and Spencer Byrd each had homeruns on Tuesday.
Top it off with some senior leadership that has already made an impact on a green 2013 season, and the Charging Wildcats look tough to contain.
"We’ve had great seniors so far," Sandefur said. "Anytime something happened with this team, the seniors have been right there and taken care of it."
Whether it’s an approach at the plate or homerun hitting, or outstanding pitching, the Charging Wildcats are off to an excellent start to a very young season.