If the early returns are any indication, the North Little Rock Charging Lady Wildcats have some serious potential.
One example that could be cited for such and argument could be the 3-0 tournament showing last weekend beating some top-notch competition including a 4-2 win over White Hall to win their tournament title.
That win was preceded by wins over Lake Hamilton, who lost just one from their state championship team from last year, and Bald Knob.
The Lady Charging Wildcats have done it with the pitching of Katy Wynne who has averaged nearly eight strikeouts per game so far this season including a 12 strikeout performance against Cabot last week.
Wynne’s domination in the circle seems to revolve around a devastating changeup.
"She can throw 60 (mph)," Cantrell said. "She changes speeds real well and hits her spots."
Wynne allowed just two runs in three tournament outings last weekend.
But Cantrell said his team doesn’t just rely on the circle.
"We are not one dimensional," Cantrell said. "We pitch well, we play good defense, and we can hit."
North Little Rock scored 14 runs in five innings last week on 15 hits. They scored six runs against the aforementioned Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves.
"They have bought into the team first concept," Cantrell said.
A team first concept that may put them right back to where they have been accustomed—competing for a state title.