In their last two games, the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats have outscored their opponents, 23-1.
The victories include a 13-0 victory at Mount St. Mary last Friday and a 10-1 triumph at Fort Smith Northside this past Monday. The Northside victory moved North Little Rock’s conference record to 4-0.
While the Lady Wildcats (10-2) had some easy victories their last two games, that changes this week. They travel Thursday to Bryant and host Rogers on Friday. Both teams are traditionally good, and North Little Rock will be tested.
“Rogers has two good pitchers and beat Bentonville,” North Little Rock Coach Jason Houle said. “I told the girls we have to get our minds right because we have two tough teams coming up. We’ll see what we are made of.”
Against Mount St. Mary’s, the piled up 12 hits and were led Madi Bobbit’s four which included a double. Reagan Sperling notched two hits including a home run and was one of three players with two RBI. The other two were Lily Douglass and Lauren Lester. Katelyn McMahan gave up one hit, struck out eight batters and walked one.
At Northside, the two teams were tied 1-1 after three innings before North Little Rock added one run in the fourth, three in the fifth and exploded for five runs in the sixth. They pounded out 12 hits again and were paced by Douglass with three. Sperling, McMahan and Anna Beaver all recorded two hits apiece with McMahan smacking two triples and Sperling one. McKenzie Roberts notched the pitching victory and stuck out three batters, walked three and yielded four hits.
“Both games were good defensive games, and we only had one error,” Houle said. “We played pretty good. It’s hard to stay focused and stay on track and not get lackadaisical. Hopefully, we’ve figured out how to not let up.”