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NH coach wins softball debut

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BIRTHRIGHT — Led by a core of experienced players and a group of talented freshman, the North Hopkins Lady Panthers ran to a season-opening 18-1 romp over Class 2A Cooper.

    The win was the varsity coaching debut of Lady Panther head coach Kaylee Wood, a former district MVP pitcher for North Hopkins. Last year's head coach, athletic director Larry Tucker, is now assisting Wood on the field.
    North Hopkins jumped to an 8-0 first inning lead led by Baile Gammill who stole home base twice for two runs on catcher return throws to the pitcher. Cooper gave up six walks and three hits to Lady Panther batters in the inning. North Hopkins added four more runs in the second inning and six in the third in the run-rule shortened game.
Freshman Sheyenne Mitchell tossed two solid innings and drove in four runs on a 3-3 day at the plate with fellow freshman Sydney McQueen getting two hits, blasting one off the top of the centerfield fence for a double. Shealey Wells, Brittany Flanagan and Sarah Weatheread all had run-scoring doubles in the game. Sophomore Gammill was 2-3 and added on to her varsity hitting streak raising it to 26 consecutive games with a hit since the second game last season.
    “I was really proud of the girls for playing so well the first game," Wood said. "We have only had two days of practice outside because of the cold weather. We spent a lot of time in the batting cage and it paid off today."
    The Lady Panthers will host Sulphur Springs JV Monday at 4 p.m.




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