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Slade named player of the year, six Panthers All-Conference

The Coastal Plains 1A Conference coaches named Northside senior Kathleen Slade as the player of the year and five teammates joined her on the All-Conference team.

Slade hit .514 with 22 runs scored and six doubles, while going 5-0 with a 1.09 ERA on the mound. She struck out 38 batters in 32 innings as the Panthers roared through the conference 12-0.

They finished 14-2 after a second-round state tournament loss to Vance Charter.

Senior third baseman Rylie Norman, sophomores Hannah Baker (CF) and Hannah Black (LF) also made the all-conference squad along with freshmen Bella Boykin (P/1B) and Emaleigh Cherry (2B/SS).

Norman hit .462 with 19 runs scored, while Black led the team with a .605 average, five home runs and 33 RBI.

Baker batted.317 with four doubles, while Cherry hit .304 and scored 18 runs.

Boykin was a double threat with a .500 average, three home runs and 26 RBI to go along with a 5-0 pitching record, a 1.09 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 32 innings on the mound.

The Panthers also announced their team awards. Senior 2B/RF Taylor Chase won the Coaches Award, Black was named Offensive Player of the Year and Baker won the Defensive Player of the Year award. Slade was the team MVP