Cabot Centennial Bank made a good showing in the American Legion State Tournament, but came up just short in a 9-8 12-inning thriller against Jonesboro in their final game.
Cabot fell 3-1 to the defending state champion Texarkana Razorbacks in their opening game Friday night, then bounced back to defeat Jacksonville Saturday morning to advance in the losers bracket on Sunday.
Against Jonesboro, Cabot fell behind early, but took the lead late, only to eventually lose 9-8 to the home team.
Jonesboro seemed firmly in charge after six innings when they held a 7-0 lead over Cabot.
Cabot began changing the momentum in the top of the seventh. Tristan Bulice led off the inning with a single, but the next two batters got out after a walk, caught stealing and a strike out. Bulice had moved to third after a pair of wild pitches and scored Cabot’s first run on a single by Lee Sullivan. Connor Vocque single and was followed by Dylan Bowers being hit by a pitch.
All three would eventually score thanks to a walk an error and a single from Ryan Logan.
Cabot took the lead the next inning with four more runs. Bulice started this rally as well, this time with a double. Hayden Vinson came in to pinch hit and both would eventually score. Sullivan reached and scored in the inning as well. Vocque continued his clutch hitting with a two-run single to left as Cabot took an 8-7 lead.
Cabot shut down Jonesboro in the bottom of the eight, but couldn’t get an insurance runs in the top of the ninth as they stranded a pair of runners.
Jonesboro was back at the top of their order in the ninth inning and quickly tied the game thanks to a single, sacrifice and another single. Cabot was able to get out of the jam and take the game to extra innings with two runners still on base for Jonesboro.
Neither team put up a solid threat until Jonesboro came to bat in the 12th inning. A fly out was followed by a double and a pop up. Following a walk, Jonesboro’s leadoff hitter launched one to left that was just out of the fielder’s grasp, scoring the run from second and ending the game and Cabot’s season.
Cabot’s win Saturday morning over Jacksonville came on the back of a strong six innings of relief pitching from Gavin Tillery. Zach Patterson got the start against Gwatney Chevrolet, and while they weren’t exactly killing the ball, his control was a little off with four walks and a hit batter through three innings. Tillery pitched the final six innings without allowing a run and scattering five hits while walking one and fanning a pair in the 6-2 win.
Six Cabot hitters had multiple hits against the Jacksonville pitching duo of Brandon Hickingbotham and Blake Perry. Vocque had a big day, going 3 for 4 with a run, RBI and a steal. Adam Hick, Ryan Logan, Tristan Bulice, Cole McAtee and Patterson each had two hits in the win. Logan had a double and a pair of RBIs for Cabot.