In case anyone missed it, North Little Rock softball is back.
After a couple of lean years, the Lady Charging Wildcats are returning to where they have been a staple in the last several years. They play Rogers on Saturday in the 7A state championship game after beating Springdale Har-Ber and Fayetteville in their two state tournament games last week.
North Little Rock pummeled the Lady Wildcats 8-0 and won a close 3-1 matchup over the Lady Purple Dogs.
Kayleigh Wynne shined from both the circle and in the batter’s box in both games striking out 11 in game one and coming back in game two fanning eight.
Wynne was also outstanding at the plate hitting a two-run double and a three-run homerun. McKenzie Escavedo had three hits and Hannah Loberchek hit one over the fence as well against Har-Ber.
In game two, Sydney Parr scored two of the Lady Charging Wildcats’ three runs. Her triple and single put her on base.
"We are hot right now," head coach Anthony Cantrell said. "Hopefully, we can stay hot."
Cantrell said while his younger players’ performance has stood out on the field; it’s been the behavior of his six upper classmen that have been just as important.
"Their attitude has been great," Cantrell said. "They know that without these freshmen and sophomores that we aren’t where we are right now. They’ve handled themselves very well."
Cantrell’s seniors have state title experience losing to Bryant 11-1 two years ago.
"We beat them twice in the regular season," Cantrell said.
That experience could prove invaluable as the Lady Charging Wildcats face Rogers on Saturday. North Little Rock is not only back in the conversation, they are back to building championship tradition.