North Little Rock softball looks to be back. Back on top of their conference, back in the conversation of elite teams — possibly back on top.
Behind the pitching and hitting of Kayleigh Wynne, the Lady Cats swept Mountain Home to remain unbeaten in the 7A/6A-East with just one more double header against Jonesboro to play.
The Lady Charging Wildcats beat Mountain Home by identical 8-4 scores in both games. Put that sweep with three shutouts of Cabot (10-0), Little Rock Central (15-0), and Marion (5-0), then North Little Rock looks primed and ready for a return to state title glory.
Coach Anthony Cantrell said Wynne is coming into her own.
"She hitting and throwing it well right now," Cantrell said. "If she pitches good, we have a great shot to win."
Wynne’s bat came alive against Marion when she hit a three-run homerun.
But Cantrell cautions about putting all of the praise on just one. They are all contributing.
Sydney Parr is scoring runs in bunches.
"If she get’s on, she’s gonna score," Cantrell said.
Cantrell said Ashton Bobbitt and Morgan Seaton are doing good work at the plate as well.
"They are sacrificing, hitting balls the other way," Cantrell said. "They’re a tough out."
Seaton ran out a ground ball she hit to shortstop against Marion that started a two-out rally.
"She makes them make plays," Cantrell said. "That was probably a seven or eight pitch at bat. She makes pitchers work."
Cantrell would like one more tune-up before state tournament, but with weather makeups, the schedule may not permit.
"I don’t want to play past next Tuesday," Cantrell said.
State tournament begins Thursday. With the way the Lady Cats are peaking, they are back. Possibly back in Fayetteville in a couple of weeks.