Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Panthers Senior Jesus Zamarripa fields a ball and throws to first for an out this season.

Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL

Panthers Senior Jesus Zamarripa fields a ball and throws to first for an out this season.

The Russellville Lady Panthers continue to improve year after year. One year ago, the program celebrated its first ever 19-win season. Fast forward to now, the Lady Panthers finished with 20 wins in 2019.

8th grader A'miyah Collier put together a great season that got her noticed as well. A'miyah was selected for the 4th Region All-Region Seasonal Team by the coaches of the 4th Region. It was also recently announced that Collier was selected 2nd team All-State.

A'miyah Collier hit eight home runs, had 46 hits, 30 RBIs, scored 40 runs, and carried a batting average of .505. That is only half of the story. The 8th grader also threw 85.2 innings in 23 appearances in the circle. Within those 85.2 innings, Collier struck out 135 batters while allowing only 23 runs and 42 hits.

Coach Ryan Davenport said, "This year, we set many goals. Winning 20 games was one of those goals. Last year we were one short of 20, but we also lost 17 games. This year we cut our losses in half and only lost eight games."

Addie Mosier, Bam Ray, and Chloe Whitescarver all finished with a season average of over .400. Whitescarver hit seven home runs, had 35 hits, and drove in 26 runs. Bam Ray had five homers, 40 hits, and 30 RBIs. Addie Mosier hit safely 36 times and only recorded six strikeouts all season.

Coach Davenport went on to say that having a 20-win season is great but the team is not satisfied.

"Our biggest goals are to win Class A region, 13th District, and compete for the 4th Region championship."

The Lady Panthers had four Seniors on the roster this season. Coach Ryan Davenport and his team finished with a final record of (20-8.)

"We lose several Seniors that had outstanding careers and will be missed. We have several great young athletes returning who are more than ready to step in."

Coach Davenport concluded by saying, "I'm very excited for next season and I believe our young ladies are going to work extremely hard and make a lot of noise next season! I love my team and consider it a privilege to coach such great young athletes."

The Panthers baseball team had a rough 2019 and continue to rebuild. Russellville matched the win total from the 2018 season with two. The two wins both came against Caverna.

The Panthers had five Senior players on the roster. Russellville will continue to build its young talent for the upcoming seasons.