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Fayetteville edges Lady Panthers in state softball

The Cabot Lady Panthers came up just short in the second round of the Class 7A state softball tournament, falling 2-1 to the Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs.

Cabot’s first game of the tournament was much more successful when it beat the Van Buren Lady Pointers 11-1.

The Lady Panthers wasted no time taking the lead against the Lady Pointers, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning after giving up their only run in the top of the inning.

Taylor Anderson led off the game reaching on an error, followed by a walk to starting pitcher Kaitlyn Thompson. Heather Hill cleared the bases by going deep to right-center for a three-run homer.

Cabot added a run in the second for a 4-1 lead thanks to back-to-back-to-back singles by Macee Abbot, Shauna Attendorn and Anderson. The Lady Panthers added another run in the fourth when Anderson singled and later scored on a single from Brandyn Vines.

The Lady Panthers brought an early end to the game in the sixth inning with six runs that invoked the 10-rule mercy rule.

Anderson, Thompson, Molly Wood, Abbot and Attendorn each singled in the inning, while Vines added a double. Lane Justus also reached on an error and scored in the inning.

Anderson went 3 for 5 with two runs for the Lady Panthers, while Attendorn was 3 for 4 with a run. Thompson had a pair of doubles and an RBI in the win.

Thompson pitched the distance for Cabot, not allowing a hit over the final five innings. Thompson gave up three hits and a run in the first inning.

Against Fayetteville, the Lady Panthers struggled with getting the timely hits they needed. Cabot put runners in scoring position in the first, second, fifth and seventh innings without pushing a run across. Cabot scored its lone run in the third inning when Anderson led off with a single and scored on a ground out by Thompson. Thompson also singled in the first and seventh innings.

Fayetteville tied the game in the fourth inning with a leadoff homer. The Lady Bulldogs scored what turned out to be the winning run in the fifth inning with a two-out single followed by a deep double. Cabot had a pair of two-out singles in the seventh inning, but a strikeout ended the game for the Panthers.

Thompson scattered five hits over six innings while fanning seven in the loss. She also led Cabot at the plate with three hits. Anderson had a triple, single and scored a run, while Abbot added a double and single.

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