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Panthers plan to keep rolling along

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SMITHS STATION, Ala. -

The Smiths Station Panthers are in the middle of one of the most remarkable seasons in program history.

Clinton Britton's team is 29-5 overall, and undefeated in area play, good enough to garner the top ranking in Alabama 6A by the Alabama Sportswriters Association.

The team says, while the no. 1 ranking is an honor, it's not something they're thinking about.

"When we hit the ball, I don't think anybody has a chance with us right now," said senior catcher Dylan Tomlin. "We're hitting the ball really well right now, everybody, one through nine. We don't have a weak spot in our lineup right now. We're all hitting the ball really well, hustling a lot."

The Panthers are coming off a spring break that saw them run-rule multiple opponents. Tomlin says that's a result of the whole lineup getting hot at the same time, something Britton says needs to happen more often.

"We need to hit as a team," Britton said. "We have certain people hot on certain days, and if we can put it all together [we can be] a very good, productive offensive team."

As the Panthers have hit enough to win, the pitching has been that much better.

"I think our pitching and our defense have been our best assets this year," Britton said. "[They have] really been our strong points."

Smiths Station beat Opelika 6-0 on Tuesday, and they travel to the Bulldogs on Thursday.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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