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Forty-seven pitches was all Madison Morrison needed to get through the game Thursday night. The North Lamar freshman mowed through the Kaufman lineup with ease. Fifteen batters walked to the plate and all 15 batters were retired in order as North Lamar defeated Kaufman 13-0 to open up the first round of the playoffs.
Morrison’s perfect game wasn’t the only dominating thing for the Pantherettes. Tanna Huie set the stage for the North Lamar offense as she blasted a home run over the center field fence to start the game. With North Lamar up 1-0 going into the bottom of the third inning, the offense came to life. North Lamar would score eight runs in the inning to blow the game wide open.
Huie doubled to open the inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Lauren Coursey walked to the plate and got a single to score Tanna, giving North Lamar a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back hits by Balee Brown and Delaney England, followed by an error on Kaufman loaded the bases with only one out in the inning.
Erin Scholl hit a ball to the third baseman for Kaufman. The fielder looked like she was going to step on third base to cause the force-out there but instead tried coming home with the throw. The throw was late, and all runners were safe giving North Lamar a 3-0 lead. Morrison and Kayla Igleheart both hit two-run singles for the Pantherettes. Huie and Coursey had back-to-back doubles to tack on the last two runs of the inning for North Lamar.
North Lamar would add four more runs in the fourth inning thanks to a triple by Huie. An emotional moment came during the fourth inning as Jordan Jones walked up to the plate. Jordan had been sidelined all season with an injury. After being medically released to play last week, coach Fendley allowed Jordan to bat. Although Jordan struck out, you could hear the chants and cheers from teammates, teachers, fans and family as she was batting.
Game 2 will be played Saturday in Kaufman at 1:00 p.m. If necessary, game 3 will be played 30 minutes following game 2.
Tanna Huie 4-4, 3 RBI
Lauren Coursey 2-3, 3 RBI
Delaney England 2-3, 2 Runs
Balee Brown 2-3, 1 Run
Madison Morrison 1-2, 2 RBI
Kayla Igleheart 1-3, 2 RBI
Madison Morrison 5 IP, 0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Walks, 4 SO
By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra
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