Lady Panthers get second in tourney
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The Cabot Lady Panthers had a busy week last week with a doubleheader at Mountain Home, followed by three tournament games.
A very solid Lady Bomber team got the best of the Lady Panthers on Wednesday, taking 4-0 and 7-4 wins in the double-header.
Cabot put runners on base in six of the seven innings in the opening game, but just couldn’t get the timely play they needed. Kaitlyn Thompson led the way with a walk and a double in the loss.
In the nightcap, Cabot had better luck on offense with Taylor Anderson, Thompson and Heather Hill each scoring. Lane Justus reached on a single and scored on a Hill single in the seventh inning, but couldn’t complete the comeback against Mountain Home, whose bats also heated up for the second game.
Coming back to play in the Cabot-Beebe Tournament, the Lady Panthers received plenty of offense, but lost a tough one in the first round, 12-11 to Farmington.
Anderson had a single, triple and two RBIs in the first inning as the Lady Panthers scored seven runs in the opening frame. Cabot needed those runs, as the Cardinals also scored seven runs in the first inning. Hill and Kristen Sumler also singled and scored in the inning.
A quiet second inning by both teams led to another wild inning in the third, with Farmington scoring five in the top of the inning and taking a 12-7 lead.
Cabot scored four runs in the third, with Anderson, Hill, Rachel Allgood and Peyton Steadman all scored in the third inning. Brandyn Vines singled and made it to third as the tying run, but was left there as a fly ball to center ended the game.
The Lady Panthers came back with a vengeance in the second game with a 16-0 win over the Nettleton Lady Raiders.
Thompson scattered three hits over five innings, striking out a pair while relying on solid defense.
On offense, Cabot received production up and down the lineup. Hill led the Lady Panthers with a single, two doubles, a walk and three runs. Anderson had three singles and three runs, while Thompson singled twice, reached on a fielder’s choice and also scored three runs.
Vines singled, doubled and scored a pair of runs, while Sumler had two singles and two runs.
Cabot’s final game against Beebe was a pitcher’s duel, with the Lady Badgers taking a 1-0 win in the championship game.
Thompson scattered just three hits over six innings in the loss. Beebbe scored in the bottom of the sixth with a single, fielder’s choice and another single.
Beebe’s Courtney Caldwell held Cabot to three hits in the game. Thompson had two of those with a single and double. Allgood also had a single for the Lady Panthers.