Nh girls improve record to 6-4

From Staff Reports

March 5, 2008 - BIRTHRIGHT - The North Hopkins Lady Panthers improved to 6-4 on the softball season with a 9-2 win over Lone Oak on Tuesday.

The Lady Panthers recorded 13 hits off Lady Buffs pitching as Chastin Smiddy and Courtney Loper each went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Tana Hall also had a multi-hit game as she went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Recording hits in the game were Ashley Newman, Cayla Newkirk, Chelsea Hampton, Chrissy Hall and Jessica Harry, who hit a home run and scored two runs.

Harry was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game, giving up two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

"Jessica pitched another very good game," said NHHS coach Jim Westbrook. "All of her pitches were working and she had good control."

The Lady Panthers head into their second tournament of the year in Ashdown, Ark. this weekend before hosting their own tournament March 13-15.

NH 8, Commerce 1

BIRTHRIGHT - On Friday, the Lady Panthers avenged an earlier loss to Commerce.

"We have come back to beat two teams who beat us in the tournament," said NH head coach Jim Westbrook. "We have begun to play really well."

The Lady Panthers had another strong outing from pitcher Jessica Harry, who threw a complete game, giving up one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one.

"Jessica Harry had another good outing," Westbrook said. "She changed speeds and hit her spots very well."

Chastin Smiddy went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored for the Lady Panthers, while Courtney Loper went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Chelsea Hampton and Tana Hall each went 1-for-3.

North Hopkins will travel to Rains on Tuesday for a doubleheader. The junior varsity will start the action at 4:30 p.m.

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