Lady Panthers bounce back against Franklin


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Kelly Phillips|NDL Russellville’s Tonisha Hampton fields a bouncer in a game earlier this season.


After being blown out by district rival Franklin-Simpson earlier in the season, the Russellville High School softball team showed what they were made of on Tuesday with a 5-3 win over the Lady Cats.

The Lady Panthers lost 13-3 at home to Franklin-Simpson on March 29, but didn’t let that stop them from getting a big District 13 win this week.

Russellville got on the board first with a pair of runs in the top of the first, but Franklin-Simpson tied it up in the bottom half of the inning.

The Lady Cats then took the lead with another run in the bottom of the third.

Rather than give up after falling behind, the Lady Panthers stormed back to put up three runs in the top of the fourth to take a two-run lead.

The Russellville defense then shut out Franklin-Simpson over the last four innings to secure the 5-3 victory.

Tonisha Hampton led Russellville with a hit, a run and two RBI. Tara Gilbert, Johnea Pendleton and Susanna Higgins each added two hits apiece. Brooklyn Ray had a hit, one RBI and scored twice.

Russellville is now 6-11 on the year. The Lady Panthers will be back in action this weekend at home in the Kelly Russell Classic. They host Springfield on Friday night and Metcalfe County and McLean County on Saturday.

Kelly Phillips|NDL Russellville’s Tonisha Hampton fields a bouncer in a game earlier this season.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Outfielder-Tonisha-Hampton-fields-a-bouncer.jpgKelly Phillips|NDL Russellville’s Tonisha Hampton fields a bouncer in a game earlier this season.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

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