NH girls remain unbeaten in district

Lady Panthers go 16 innings to beat Saltillo

From Staff Reports

April 11, 2008 - SALTILLO - North Hopkins wrapped up the first round of District 17-A softball with a 16-inning thriller over the Saltillo Lady Lions on Tuesday.

The Lady Panthers scored five runs in the top of the 16th inning for a 7-2 win to improve to 15-7 overall and 5-0 in district.

"This was an outstanding game by both teams," said NHHS coach Jim Westbrook. "There were spectacular plays on both sides and the pitching was great. The resolve of both teams was strong in this game."

With Saltillo holding a 2-1 lead heading into the seventh inning, North Hopkins' Chelsea Hampton smacked an RBI triple to send the game into extra innings.

Hampton and Courtney Loper each went 3-for-8 in the game with three runs scored, while Tana Hall went 3-for-6 with two RBI. Recording two hits each were Cayla Newkirk, Crissy Hall, Ashley Newman and Chastin Smiddy. Jessica Harry went 1-for-5 while Ashley Deaton went 1-for-6 with two RBI.

Smiddy picked up the complete game win while giving up 10 hits, eight walks and two runs. She struck out 13 batters in the game for the Lady Panthers.

Saltillo was led at the plate by Kirsten McLane, who went 3-for-9 with one run scored, while teammates Brooke Lane and Winter Johnson each went 2-for-6. Emily White, Cassie Prather and Kimber Thompson recorded one hit each.

McLane took the loss in the circle as she gave up 19 hits, two walks and seven runs while striking out three batters.

Westbrook said both teams played well defensively as he praised the play of second baseman Crissy Hall, first baseman Loper and third baseman Deaton.

He also praised the play of Saltillo shortstop Johnson, as she had several outstanding catches.

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