|Both North Hopkins teams win Friday night in district action|
|From Staff Reports|
April 24, 2006 - Both North Hopkins teams won key district match-ups Friday night as the softball team will be headed to the bi-district playoffs later this week.
In baseball action, the Panthers won big over Sulphur Bluff.
North Hopkins 3, Rivercrest 2
BOGOTA - The North Hopkins Lady Panthers wrapped up a co-district championship with a sacrifice fly by Maegan Baxter in the top of the 10th inning for a 3-2 win on Friday.
"Both teams played great," said NHHS coach Jim Westbrook. "No errors and several big plays were made by both sides and it was a playoff type atmosphere."
Both Rivercrest and North Hopkins finished the District 14-A season with 9-1 records, and Rivercrest won the coin toss and elected to go into the playoffs as the second seed.
North Hopkins will take on the Cumby Lady Trojans in the bi-district round later this week at a date and time to be announced.
KayLee Cotten picked up the win on the mound with a complete-game six-hitter while striking out nine and walking four.
"KayLee Cotten pitched a great game keeping hitters off balance all day," Westbrook said. "She got the big outs when needed."
Cotten went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, while Chastin Smiddy was 2-for-4, and Ashley Wilson went 1-for-4 with three stolen bases and a run scored. Baxter finished the game 1-for-3 at the plate while Katy Williams went 1-for-5 for North Hopkins.
Westbrook said left fielder Elizabeth McPherson made a game-saving catch on a sinking liner in the bottom of the 10th inning.
North Hopkins 16, Sulphur Bluff 1
BIRTHRIGHT - Jake Cockrum pitched a complete-game four innings as the 15-run rule was used Friday night.
Cockrum gave up three hits and two walks while striking out five in the win.
Josh McPherson led North Hopkins going 4-for-4 with four RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases, while teammate Sean Wells went 1-for-3 with three RBI, and Jeremy Dixon was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Adrian Ramirez had two RBI and a run scored, and Joe Smiddy had two RBI and two runs scored, while Bradley Ball and Dustin Clements each had one RBI.
For Sulphur Bluff, Reichle went 2-for-2, Lance Smith was 1-for-2 with an RBI, and Sam Woody had two walks and one run scored.