North Little Rock’s hitting woes plagued them Tuesday at Bryant.
After producing three runs in the top of the first on Lily Douglass’ two-RBI triple, the Lady Charging Wildcat (17-5) only mustered two more hits and no more runs and suffered a 6-3 setback to the Lady Hornets.
Grace Kimbrell and Anna Beaver notched the other two hits for the Lady Wildcats. The third run scored after Douglass scored when Lauren Lester reached base on an error.
“We had one good inning and quit swinging the bat,” North Little Rock Coach Jason Houle said. “It’s frustrating because we are not taking swings and are just watching strikes go by. I’d be happy if we would just take some swings.”
Last week in a 14-4 over Fort Smith Northside, it was a different scenario. North Little Rock whacked four home runs including two by Cassidy Tucker. Her last one was a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth that gave the Lady Wildcats a 13-4. Katelyn McMahan followed Tucker with a home run and ended the contest of the run rule. Reagan Sperling also smacked a two-run home run and slapped a two-RBI single. She and Madi Bobbitt, who hit two doubles, paced North Little Rock with 4 RBI.
“The last few games, we were aggressive at the plate,” Houle said. “We didn’t make errors and swung the bat and hit the ball.”
The Lady Wildcats finish the regular season Friday at Cabot. Bryant leads the league with an undefeated mark while Cabot is next at 11-2. North Little Rock is in third with a 10-3 mark and could jump to the second seed into the 7A conference tournament with a victory over Cabot. However, points would also have to come into play. Nonetheless, they can finish no lower than third.
“Cabot hasn’t been struggling like we have” Houle said. “In my eyes, these last two conference games are like state tournament games. Both those teams will be there.”