The Cabot Centennial Bank White Junior American Legion wrapped up its season in the Regional Tournament in Bryant.
Cabot beat the one out-of-state team it played, but fell against Jonesboro and familiar foe Jacksonville.
White opened regionals with a game against Jonesboro. Cabot was originally scheduled to play a team out of Alabama, but after pulling out two days before the tournament, a good replacement needed to be found.
Cabot was making Jonesboro look like a replacement team early on, leading 7-0 after three innings. Jonathan Latture, Chris Odom, Brandon Jones and Gavin Tillery all scored in the first inning. Odom had an RBI single, while Tillery had a two-run double. Adam Hicks also doubled, while the fourth run was brought in when Trent Frizzell was walked with the bases loaded.
Walks and errors let Odom, Jones and Tillery reach base again in the third, while a sacrifice fly by Hicks and a double by Dylan Bowers brought them home.
Hicks was cruising on the mound through those first three innings, not allowing a hit or walk while fanning four at that point.
Jonesboro’s bats woke up in the bottom of the fourth inning with four hits and four runs. Cabot was still leading 7-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jonesboro came back to tie the game and force extra innings. A walk, double and pair of errors allowed Jonesboro to score three runs, two of those unearned.
Cabot’s bats had fallen silent since the third inning, but they took the lead in the top of the eighth inning 8-7. Dalten Hurst walked to lead off the inning, then was sacrificed to second by Jess Reed. One batter later, with two outs, Odom came through in the clutch with an RBI single to give Cabot the lead.
Jonesboro had the bats going again in the bottom of the inning. The home team began the inning with a single and a walk to immediately put the winning run on base. After a sac bunt, back to back singles brought in the tying and winning runs as Cabot fell 9-8.
Playing in the loser’s bracket on Saturday, Cabot came out strong and beat Atlanta, Texas, 7-2.
Gavin Tillery tossed a complete game, scattering five hits over seven innings while fanning three and not issuing a single walk.
Cabot didn’t score in the first three innings, but it seemed inevitable as they had four hits, four walks and a hit batter during that span. They finally got on the board and took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Lee Sullivan reached on a walk, then scored after three wild pitches.
After a quiet fifth inning, Cabot White broke out in the top of the sixth with five runs. Latture led off with a walk and was safe at second on a fielder’s choice by Sullivan. Bowers had an RBI single, while Odom and Jones also drove in runs as Cabot took a 6-0 lead. Cabot added an extra run in the seventh.
Atlanta scored one in the bottom of the sixth and used an error to score again in the bottom of the seventh as Tillery finished the game strong.
Cabot’s matchup with Gwatney Chevrolet out of Jacksonville the following day didn’t go as planned or as close as previous games with Jacksonville have been. Sullivan scored in the top of the first thanks to two errors, but that was it for Cabot as Jacksonville took a 15-1 win. Gwatney swung the bats well in the game, while Cabot also helped them with 10 walks as every pitcher had problems with the strike zone.
Cabot finished a successful season with a 34-14 record and berth in the regional tournament, something to build on in the following years.