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Lady Panthers gain share of conference crown

The Cabot Lady Panthers picked up an easy win over the Lady Lions of Searcy as they get themselves ready for this week’s Class 7A State Tournament.

Cabot needed just four innings to take the 16-1 mercy rule win. With the win, Cabot clinched a share of the 7A/6A-East conference title at 12-2.

Cabot received all the offense they would need with four runs in the first inning, starting the game with four consecutive hits and all coming around to score.

Brandyn Vines got the game started with a leadoff double, followed by a single from Rachel Allgood and a double by Heather Hill. Starting pitcher Hannah Montgomery and Kaitlyn Felder also singled in the inning.

Cabot scored just once in the second inning after Vines singled and was later doubled in by Montgomery.

The Lady Panthers took firm control of the game in the third inning with four more runs. Felder led off with a double, then was able to trot home when Molly Wood blasted a homer. Macee Abbott was up next and roped a double, followed by Vines reaching on an error and both scoring on a single from Allgood.

Cabot ended the game early in the fourth inning after taking a 15-run lead. Erin Eckert reached on an error to start the inning, then moved into scoring position one batter later on a fielder’s choice by Wood. Abbot, Lane Justus, Vines, Allgood and Montgomery all followed with hits and each scored as the Lady Panthers put the game away early.

Montgomery went the full four innings for Cabot, giving up four hits and one run while striking out a pair.

The win gave the Lady Panthers second placed in the 7A-Central conference, behind first place North Little Rock. That gives them a bye in the first round. Cabot will play at 2:30 in Conway on Friday.

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