Cabot Red goes 1-2 in zone tourney

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Cabot Red’s Lino Garcia is hit by a pitch during his team’s win over Lonoke in the loser’s bracket of the zone tournament at the Brian Wade Conrade Memorial Field on Friday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Cabot Red second baseman Kayde Ridgeway awaits a throw to force out Lonoke’s Thomas McCallie in an elimination game during the zone tournament Friday in Cabot. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

Cabot Centennial Bank Red wrapped up its Junior American Legion season this past weekend during the Zone 3 tournament hosted in Cabot.

The Red squad lost 6-5 to Conway, came back the next day with a 12-7 over Lonoke, then was put out with a close 10-8 loss against White Hall.

Against Conway, Cabot fell behind 6-1 before coming from behind in the final two innings. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jarrett Pitchford led off with a single. Lino Garcia was hit by a pitch, while a later walk to Caleb Harpole drove in Pitchford. Braden Jarnigan drove a double to center that scored Garcia and Harpole.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and down by two runs, Cabot came close to tying or winning the game. Kayde Ridgeway walked with one out, then took second on a wild pitch. Pitchford singled to move Ridgeway to third and put the winning run on base. Chase Harper laid down a sacrifice bunt to try and score Ridgeway, but the play was made at home for the second out. Garcia walked to load the bases. A fielder’s choice was enough to score Pitchford, but also provided the final out of the game.

Jarnigan, Harpole and Ridgeway combined to only allow four hits, but also gave up seven walks while the defense made four errors.

Cabot put together a strong offensive performance the next day in their win over Lonoke. Cabot led 6-2 after two innings, and added five runs in the sixth inning to take control late.

Garcia had a big night at the plate, banging out a pair of doubles while driving in four runs and scoring once. Pitchford had a double, triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Ridgeway didn’t have a hit, but did reach base enough on walks and errors to score three runs. Seth Cummings and Mike Havard combined for the win on the mound.

White Hall’s powerful offense was too much in the final game, as the visitors had 10 runs on 13 hits, compared to six hits for Cabot.

Cabot was able to take advantage of White Hall’s pitchers giving up 12 walks in the game. Jarnigan had one hit and two RBIs while also scoring three runs for Cabot. Ridgeway was the only other Cabot Red player with a hit, run and RBI as he had one of each. Kelpine singled and scored a pair of runs.

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