Lady Panthers go 1-2 in own tourney
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The Cabot Lady Panthers hosted a one-day tournament Saturday in some soggy conditions at Lady Panther Field.
Covered by a tarp during the two days of heavy rains, the infield was in great condition. Outfielders were splashing around in parts of the outfield however.
The Lady Panthers began their day on a high note, taking down Bauxite 11-2 in a four-inning win.
The next two games didn’t go quite as well, as Cabot fell 7-0 to a strong Brookland team, then lost 6-5 to Bryant in the final game of the night.
Against Bauxite, the Lady Panthers did most of their damage in the second and third innings.
After the first four batters of the game hit into outs, Molly Wood got the bats going with two outs in the fourth. Wood hit a single and was followed by Macee Abbott also adding a single. Erin Eckert reached on a fielder’s choice, while Lane Justuss added another single. All four would come around to score in the inning.
The third inning began much the same as the second. With one out, Wood singled to get the bats going again. Abbott was hit by a pitch, then Eckert launched a three-run homer to put the Lady Panthers in firm control at 7-0. The scoring barrage wasn’t over though, as Justus hit a single and was followed by doubles from Rachel Allgood and Hannah Montgomery.
In the fourth inning, Parker Steadman walked, then she and Wood scored after Wood and Abbott hit back-to-back doubles to set the final margin.
Cabot’s 7-0 loss against Brookland got out of hand quickly when four errors helped Brookland score all of their runs in the first two innings. Meanwhile, Jordan Maynard, one of the top pitchers in the state, fanned the first six Cabot batters she faced.
Cabot had a little more excitement in their 6-5 loss to Bryant. Trailing 5-2, the Lady Panthers came back to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, to send the game to extra innings.
Eckert started the sixth with a single, followed by Hill walking and Wood reaching on an error. All three came around to score in the inning, with the help of a single by Abbot.
With a runner beginning the extra inning on second, Bryant was able to push her across with a pair of groundouts. Cabot had a pop up and two strikeouts in the bottom of the inning to end the game.