NH clinches softball title; sets up a showdown with Cumby in baseball

From Staff Reports

April 21, 2008 - The North Hopkins baseball and softball teams picked up big wins on Friday as the Lady Panthers wrapped up their district season undefeated, while the Panthers set up a game with Cumby for the district championship on Tuesday.

Softball

North Hopkins 7, Cumby 2

CUMBY - The Lady Panthers head into the playoffs with a first-round bye after wrapping up the season at 17-7 overall and 7-0 in District 17-A.

North Hopkins recorded seven hits off Cumby pitcher Lindsey Lemon as Chastin Smiddy, Cayla Newkirk, Tana Hall, Grace Cox, Jessica Harry, Courtney Loper and Ashley Deaton all recorded hits in the game.

Smiddy pitched a solid game for North Hopkins with nine strikeouts and seven hits. She did not walk any Cumby batters.

"Chastin again pitched a good game mixing up pitches to keep batters off balance," said NHHS coach Jim Westbrook.

Westbrook praised the play of Ashley Newman and the Lady Panthers infield.

Cumby was led by Lemon with two hits and a run scored.

Baseball

North Hopkins 3, Saltillo 0

North Hopkins freshman pitcher Paco Castro struck out 17 Saltillo batters on Friday.

"Paco really stepped up as a freshman striking out 17 batters," said NHHS coach Tim Henderson. "When your pitcher throws the ball that well everything else takes care of itself."

The Panthers were led at the plate by Bradley Ball, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI, Castro went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, and Jason Leber was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Canyon Cockrum, Patrick Gold, Brandon Joslin and Lorenzo Rivera each had a hit.

"We have a huge game on Tuesday against Cumby at 5 p.m. that will decide the district champion," the coach said. "We encourage all baseball fans to come out and watch us as it should be a great game between two talented schools."

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