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SB, NH softball teams lose in playoffs

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From Staff Reports
    Monday was a tough night for softball squads in the county as both North Hopkins and Sulphur Bluff suffered playoff losses.

Wolfe City 15,
North Hopkins 9

    COMMERCE — The North Hopkins Lady Panthers could not overcome their own mistakes and Wolfe City’s hitting, falling 15-9 in Monday's one game bi-district playoff.
    Wolfe City scored 10 runs in the first three innings to take a 10-3 lead, but the Lady Panthers came roaring back in the top of the fourth inning with five runs to cut the lead to 10-8.
    Freshman catcher Baile Gammill had a stellar performance with a 4 for 4 night at the plate with five RBI and she threw out a runner trying to steal third base. Macy Griner fought through a painful hip injury to pitch for the first time in two weeks.
    "Baile had an incredible game and I can never say enough about how tough Macy is. A lot of kids would not have suited out with the same injury," Coach Larry Tucker said. "We made 11 errors and you can't beat anybody with that many mistakes."
    Sarah Weatheread added two hits for North Hopkins with Griner, Briana Weigel, and Ashley Garcia each getting one hit. Wolfe City was paced at the plate by Raven Armstrong who had a 4 for 4 day including a home-run in the third frame.  
    "I was really proud the way my girls never gave up and just kept battling back," Tucker added. "I thought we had a great year. We had only three returning starters back and several of our girls were playing for the first time."
    The Lady Panthers will return all players except seniors Griner and Weigel, but the further looks bright.
    "We are going to miss Griner and Weigel a lot, but we do have some a lot coming back," Tucker said. "Add to that we had an undefeated junior high program this year and several of those girls will play varsity as freshmen next year."
    Wolfe City moves to the area playoffs against Lindsay this week.
    The Lady Panthers end their season at 13-13-1.

Merit Bland 20,
Sulphur Bluff 9
    CADDO MILLS — The Sulphur Bluff Lady Bears had a bad inning and suffered a 20-9 defeat in the Class 1A bi-district playoffs to Merit Bland Monday.
    Sulphur Bluff was ahead 6-3 until the fifth inning, then Bland took advantage of a bad inning by the Lady Bears and took the lead for good.
    Top hitters for Sulphur  Bluff include - Cheyenne Bryant with a double and a triple; Skylar Evans, Kadee Anderson, Meagan Coberly and Sarah Williams had singles according to head softball coach Kim Bryant.




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