The Cabot Lady Panthers were able to get in several softball games last week before a rainy weekend moved in.
Cabot started by dropping an extra-inning game with Marion 4-3, then bouncing back against Conway for a 6-1 win. The Lady Panthers traveled to Harrison for tournament play, beating Harding Academy 4-3 in the opening game. Paragould got the best of Cabot in the second game, beating the Lady Panthers 8-4. Cabot came back and dominated Pea Ridge 9-2 in the third-place game of the tournament.
In the nine-inning thriller against Marion, neither team managed to score over the first five innings. Marion scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning on a pair of Cabot errors. In the bottom of the inning, Cabot got a run back when Kaitlyn Thompson tripled and scored.
After the Lady Patriots added a run in the top of the seventh, the Lady Panthers were forced to come back beginning at the bottom of the order. That was no problem as Erin Eckert singled, followed by a triple from Shauna Attendorn. A single by Taylor Anderson tied the game at 3-3 as the Lady Panthers left a pair of runners on base.
Cabot got out of a jam in the eighth inning, but couldn’t hold off Marion in the ninth to take the loss.
The Lady Panthers swung the bats well against Conway, combining with a solid pitching outing by Thompson for the win.
Attendorn, Anderson, Thompson and Heather Hill all strung together line drives in the third inning, leading to three runs. Thompson and Hill hit back-to-back doubles to the wall in the fifth inning when the Lady Panthers took control 6-1.
In the Harrison Tournament, Cabot took an early 3-0 first-inning lead against Harding, then held them off late to take the win.
Anderson singled to lead off the game, then scored on a double by Hill. Hill would move around on a wild pitch and score on a sacrifice by Brandyn Vines. Kristen Sumler walked and later scored on an error. In the fourth inning, Hill singled and scored on a Sumler double for Cabot’s fourth run.
Harding fought back with a pair of runs inn the fifth, then pushed one more across in the seventh. The Lady Panthers stranded a pair of runners in the seventh to hold on to the win.
After suffering a loss to a hot-hitting Paragould team, the Lady Panthers came back in the third place game with their own bats on fire.
Anderson, Thompson, Sumler and Rachel Allgood each had multiple hits in the win. Anderson had a double, single and scored two runs. Thompson also singled and doubled while scoring a run and earning the win in the circle. Sumler and Allgood each had a pair of singles, with Sumler scoring once and Allgood twice. Hill had a single and a pair of RBIs.