North Little Rock Coach Jason Houle was just tired of the Lady Charging Wildcats not being aggressive at the plate so last week at Fort Smith Southside, he called a hit-and-run for every batter. The result is the Lady Wildcats piled up 42 runs in their last three contests.
North Little Rock (16-4, 9-2 7A-Central) defeated Southside twice, 15-0 and 9-1, respectively last Thursday. On Tuesday, they eclipsed Mount St. Mary, 18-3.
“Southside was throwing pitches, and we were standing and watching and not being aggressive,” Houle said. “We were not swinging until we had one or two strikes and letting good pitches go by. I just tired of that and started calling a hit and run on every batter.”
Houle since then the Lady Wildcats have been swinging at pitches and making contact. Houle is hoping the last three games will inspire them to continue to swing the bats and not take pitches down the middle.
“We’ve been playing good defense and not making errors,” he said. “We also are being more aggressive at the plate. It’s coming together.”
Against Mount St. Mary, the Lady Wildcats recorded seven runs in the first inning and 10 in the second for a quick 17-0 cushion. Finishing with 11 hits, North Little Rock was paced by Madi Bobbitt’s three which included two doubles and a triple. Anna Beaver added two triples, and Katelyn McMahan tripled and singled. Grace Kimbrell and Marissa Mitchell also doubled.
“We came out and took care of business,” Houle said. “We did what we had to do.”
In the first game at Southside, Reagan Sperling led the Lady Wildcat’s 16-hit production with four hits, and Lauren Lester added three. Beaver, McMahan and Kimbrell recorded two apiece. In the second contest, Bobbitt went 4-for-4 which included a double. Cassidy Tucker and Lester also doubled and finished with two hits each.
On Thursday, the Lady Wildcats host Fort Smith Northside and will honor seniors Beaver, McKenzie Roberts, Brooklynn McCowan, Sperling and Autumn McCowan. Weather permitting, they are scheduled to travel to Northwest Arkansas and face Rogers on Friday and Bentonville West on Saturday. They finish 7A-Central competition next week at Bryant and Cabot.