The Cabot Centennial Bank Red Junior American Legion team had two close losses against Sheridan and Morrilton last week, then faced some top pitching in losses to Bryant and the Little Rock Eagles over the weekend.
Cabot Red lost an 8-6 heart-breaker to Sheridan where they led 6-4 after two innings. Trailing 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth, Cabot was able to load the bases with just one out, but a strikeout and flyout to center ended the rally attempt.
Josh Kelpine had a big night for Cabot Red, going 3 for 4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Line Garcia also had a pair of doubles and two RBIs for Cabot.
Cabot received solid pitching from Jacob Womack and Ethan Holland, but six errors in the game hurt Cabot’s chances.
The Red team lost another close one, 7-6 at home against Morrilton in a different fashion. Cabot trailed Morrilton 8-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when the bats and luck started to swing their way.
Mike Havard led off the inning with a single, followed by Kelpine reaching on an error and Tyler Fowler walking to load the bases. Jarrett Pitchford hit a two-run single and was followed an out later by Womack bringing in a run by reaching on another error. Holland and Wes Brown came through with singles and Cabot surged back into the game with what would become the final score.
Pitchford hit a two-out double down the left field line in the sixth inning to put the tying run in scoring position, but was stranded there with a deep fly that ended the game. Pitchford finished his night 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a run. Havard hit two singles and scored twice, while Holland had a pair of hits, one run and an RBI.
Against Bryant and Little Rock, the Red squad ran into some buzz saw pitching in 9-2 and 7-1 losses.
Havard, Holland and Brown picked up the only three singles in the 9-2 loss at Bryant. Holland and Brown both scored. Seth Cummings and Fowler didn’t pitch poorly for Cabot, who trailed 5-2 after five innings. Three errors in the sixth allowed Bryant to score four unearned runs and take control.
Little Rock used a pair of pitchers to carry a no-hitter into the final inning against Cabot, when they brought in their third pitcher of the day. Garcia broke up the bid for a no-no with a triple that scored Holland, who had reached on an error. Caleb Harpole also singled for Cabot.