It’s been a whirlwind week for the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats. Five games. Six days. Five wins.
After a 5-1 heavyweight win over Sylvan Hills, North Little Rock won back-to-back 11-1 wins over Van Buren and Rogers. They followed that up with a pair of conference wins. A 14-1 win over Searcy followed by a 4-0 shutout of Cabot.
"We killed the ball Monday," said North Little Rock coach Anthony Cantrell of Monday’s blowout.
Cantrell said in Tuesday’s game and on Thursday, the Lady Charging Wildcats didn’t hit the ball quite as well.
"But we scratched out enough runs to win," Cantrell said. "We are a real young team. We have a good mix, but we have a lot of youth."
Where the Lady Charging Wildcats have is some lights out starting pitching in that youth movement.
Kaleigh Wynne has allowed a total of four runs in the last five games and is averaging nearly 10 strikeouts per game in the process.
"She mixes her pitches," Cantrell said. "She can throw it by you, and she can spot her pitches as well.
Cantrell said Wynne’s changeup was "nasty" on Monday and Tuesday.
Wynne makes hitters swing through as well as hit to contact. With that the Lady Charging Wildcats have a solid defense behind their up and coming pitcher. North Little Rock had just one error in the field on Tuesday and none on Monday.
The offense has been clicking this week as well. The Lady Charging Wildcats have scored 45 runs in five games and Cantrell said it starts with Sydney Parr at the top of the order.
"She gets on base," Cantrell said. "She steals bases. She easily gets from first to third. We wouldn’t be the same without her."
Couple Parr’s on-base tendencies with Katy Kennison’s power and the Lady Charging Wildcats may have cured their championship drought.
They are certainly contenders once again.