NJ softball flexes some muscle

The North Johnston softball team remained unbeaten with a pair of wins over conference rival Beddingfield. In the first win, the Panthers received home runs from (left to right) Blayke Batten, Lindsey Massengill, Jada Santiago and Jordyn Scott. (Michael Held photo)

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

KENLY—The North John-ston softball team shot out of the gates this season and entered last week’s action unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps.com 2A rankings.

However, the Panthers may have been most impressive thus far last week in crushing previously unbeaten Beddi-ngfield 10-3 and 20-0 in a pair of Eastern Plains 2A Conference games. 

In the first game at home, North Johnston launched four home runs in the easy victory.

Long balls from Blayke Batten, Lindsey Massengill, Jada Santiago and Jordyn Scott provided more than enough cushion for starting pitcher Amberlynn Pearce to record the complete game victory from the circle as Pearce allowed just three hits for the game.

North Johnston set a school record with home runs last year with 31 and after the first contest against the Bruins, this year’s powerful squad sat at 17 already.

“I really don’t emphasize or teach to try to hit them…so to hit this many is a great bonus,” said North Johnston coach Chris Batten. “Nice to know that we have several girls that can change a game with one swing. Makes it hard to pitch around them all.”

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