North Little Rock couldn’t get opportune hits Tuesday in the Lady Charging Wildcats’ 7A-Central matchup with Cabot.
Losing 5-3, the Lady Wildcats (6-7) tied the contest at 3-all in the top of the fifth but then allowed the Lady Panthers to score two runs on an error in the bottom to take the 5-3 advantage. However, North Little Rock had bases loaded with one out in the top of the seventh but couldn’t get a runner home.
“It was a good game,” North Little Rock Coach Jason Houle said. “We just couldn’t get the job done. We couldn’t get the timely hit which has been our problem all year long.”
Not playing at all last week, the Lady Wildcats spent time working on their offense. Houle said that paid off as some players who weren’t hitting did get on base against Cabot. North Little Rock piled up 10 hits and were led by leadoff batter Marissa Mitchell’s 4-of-4 performance with a double and triple and one RBI. Katelyn McMahan was 2-of-4 at the plate, smacked a double and collected two RBI.
“We played better and hit the ball better,” Houle said. “We are right there and only one swing away. I told the girls we are getting better each day and hopefully by state, we’ll peak at the right time and rock and roll. We have to win the ones we are supposed to win and be competitive in the other contests.”
North Little Rock hosts Little Rock Central on Thursday and won the first meeting, 11-0. The Wildcats are also scheduled to host Rogers on Friday, but weather may cancel that contest.
A three-game winning streak came to a halt as the Wildcats (8-9) lost three close 7A-Central games in a span of a week.
Last Tuesday, North Little Rock lost to Fort Smith Northside, 2-1, then suffered a 5-1 setback at Bryant last Thursday. This past Tuesday, then fell at Cabot, 2-1.
Currently, the Wildcats are tied for fourth in the 7A-Central with Northside. They travel Thursday to Pine Bluff for a non-conference game then travel Friday to Little Rock Central and won, 10-0, in the first meeting between the two.
At Cabot this past Tuesday, the Wildcats tied the contest at one on Christian Litton’s RBI-double. The Panthers tallied a run in the bottom of the sixth to secure the victory.