NH girls clinch district title; MG boys close in on playoffs

From Staff Reports

April 18, 2007 - The North Hopkins girls wrapped up the District 19-A softball championship with a doubleheader victory over Campbell on Monday, while the Miller Grove boys took a big step toward the playoffs themselves.

North Hopkins improved to 9-0 in district with one game remaining.

Miller Grove needs to win just one of its remaining two games to get to the playoffs themselves out of District 17-A.

Baseball

Miller Grove 27, Fruitvale 8

FRUITVALE - Ten Miller Grove Hornets produced hits Monday as they barraged Fruitvale with an 18-hit attack.

With the win, the Hornets kept their playoffs hopes alive. Their District 19-A record is 4-2 (13-9 overall).

"We have a realistic shot at the playoffs with two games remaining," said MG head coach Sam Panter. "If we win one of the next two games, we are in."

The Hornets had no trouble against Fruitvale, ending the game with a 12-run seventh inning.

Aaron Baylus, Reece Evans and Brady Harmon each had three hits for Miller Grove. Harmon, a sophomore, knocked in six runs with a single and two doubles, Baylus scored three runs and knocked in two, and Evans had a home run and five RBI.

Chance Lee added two hits and two runs, Dakota Hrabal also had a pair of hits and four runs, and Seth Roberts had a two-run double. With singles were Yan Heijligers, Jordan Lennon, Joey Hegseth and Jeramie Burns.

Harmon started the game and went 5 2/3 inning, striking out eight and walking four while allowing seven hits and seven runs. Freshmen Seth Roberts finished the game, allowing one run in 1 1/3 innings.

Softball

Game 1

North Hopkins 2, Campbell 1

North Hopkins' Brandi Loper laid down a bunt in the second inning to drive in the go-ahead run, and KayLee Cotten made the one-run advantage stand up by throwing a three-hitter in the first game of a double-header Monday.

Campbell took a 1-0 advantage in the top of the second, but the Lady Panthers answered with their two runs as Courtney Loper and Ashley Deaton both scored.

The Lady Panthers managed six hits, two by Chasten Smiddy and one each by the Lopers, Deaton and Jessica Harry. Smiddy, the NH shortstop, also made an unassisted double play in the third to end a potential Campbell rally.

Cotten threw a complete game, giving up three hits and three walks while fanning 12.

Game 2

North Hopkins 3, Campbell 1

The Lady Panthers scored one run in each of the first three innings as Cotten and Smiddy combined to pitch a one-hitter.

Cotten threw the first two innings, giving up one run, then Smiddy threw the final three innings, allowing no hits and one walk.

Cotten and Smiddy each went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Also with hits were Courtney Loper, Harry, Deaton and Tana Hall.

"Chastin Smiddy was an outstanding hitter all day with four hits in six at-bats," said NH coach Jim Westbrook. "Jessica Harry did a great job at catcher both games, controlling passed balls and playing through an injury."

The Lady Panthers (12-2 overall, 9-0 in District 17-A) close out the regular season at home Friday against Sulphur Bluff. They will have a first-round bye in the playoffs.

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