Lady Panthers win Martins Mill Tournament; open district with win over Cumby

From Staff Reports

Mar. 21, 2007 - BIRTHRIGHT - The North Hopkins Lady Panthers won the Martins Mill Tournament championship last weekend, their second title in as many weeks.

The Lady Panthers (10-6) went undefeated and beat Rains 5-2, Kemp 3-1, and Martins Mill 5-2 and 5-3 in the tournament finals.

KayLee Cotten was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player in pitching all four games, while Chastin Smiddy was named All-Tournament as she went 6-for-12 .

In their district opener on Tuesday, the Lady Panthers defeated Cumby 11-0 due to the run-rule.

District 17-A

North Hopkins 11, Cumby 0

Cotten had her second no-hitter of the season in the District 17-A opener as Ashley Deaton made a bare handed pickup and throw to preserve the no-hitter in the fifth inning.

Cotten had two walks and 11 strikeouts and went 3-for-3 with three runs scored at the plate.

Teammates Holli Argenbright, Courtney Loper and Deaton each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Loper and Deaton had two runs scored, while Argenbright scored once.

The Lady Panthers (11-6) face Saltillo at home on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 10 a.m.

Martins Mill Tournament

Championship Game

North Hopkins 5, Martins Mill 3

The Lady Panthers were down 3-1 heading into the top of the sixth inning and won on doubles by Tana Hall and Cotten to pick up the win.

Jessica Harry led the way at the plate going 3-for-4, Smiddy went 2-for-4, and Cotten, Kayla Newkirk, Brandi Loper and Hall each had a hit.

Cotten pitched a complete game and gave up six hits, one walk and struck out 11 batters.

North Hopkins 5, Martins Mill 2

Cotten went a complete game, giving up two runs on two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Newkirk, Smiddy and Tequina Hood each recorded a hit in the game.

North Hopkins 3, Kemp 1

Against Kemp, Cotten went the distance and gave up one run on two hits with six walks and five strikeouts.

Holli Argenbright went 2-for-2, while Smiddy went 1-for-3.

North Hopkins 4, Rains 2

Rains jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Cotten before North Hopkins scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the opening-game win.

Cotten went the distance and gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts for the Lady Panthers.

Smiddy and Argenbright had two hits while Ashley Deaton recorded a hit in the game.

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