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Lady Panthers go for regional title

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BIRTHRIGHT — The element of surprise is gone.
Both teams have seen each other and they know about the huge job ahead of them.
North Hopkins took a 6-3 win in the first game of the best-of-three Region II playoffs series against Lindsay. The Lady Panthers need one more win to earn the first trip to the state softball playoffs in Austin in the history of the school.
“I think Lindsay took us lightly in the first game, just like Valley Mills did,” said North Hopkins head coach Jim Westbrook. “All I know is that Lindsay is a very good team. They’re capable of beating us two games and we don’t want that to happen.”
A big factor for North Hopkins is the health of starting pitcher/leadoff hitter Chastin Smiddy.
Smiddy took a line drive off her left leg in the win over Lindsay.
“She’s got a big bruise on her leg, it’s her landing leg when she pitches,” Westbrook said. “She did not pitch yesterday and we will rest it today. We are definitely a better team defensively when she (Smiddy) pitches. She doesn’t walk anybody and she keeps us in the game.”
While North Hopkins is thinking about the game, Lindsay will have four players graduate Friday and turnaround to play in McKinney on Saturday.
“They have more distractions than we do,” Westbrook said. “Our girls have been a good group about focusing on the task ahead of them. We are just looking for one more win. I am not  even talking about state or anything like that. We have to take care of our business with Lindsay first.”



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