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Lady Panthers have successful week in softball

Mark Buffalo The Cabot infielders huddle before the start of an inning against Searcy on Friday.Buy Photo
Mark Buffalo The Cabot infielders huddle before the start of an inning against Searcy on Friday.
Mark Buffalo Cabot’s Kaitlyn Thompson gets a hit against Searcy on Friday.Buy Photo
Mark Buffalo Cabot’s Kaitlyn Thompson gets a hit against Searcy on Friday.

Three shutouts and one tough loss in extra innings made for a pretty good week on the softball fields for the Cabot Lady Panthers.

The Lady Panthers began last week with an 11-0 whitewash on the road at West Memphis.

Kaitlyn Thompson got the week started the right way by tossing a two-hit shutout against the Lady Blue Devils. Thompson struck out five, while carrying a no-hitter into the final inning.

Cabot’s first four batters all reached base and scored, giving the Lady Panthers an early lead. Taylor Anderson and Thompson led off with walks, followed by a double from Heather Hill and a single by Brandyn Vines. Later walks to Macee Abbott and Rachel Allgood, along with a fielder’s choice by Lane Justus, scored Hill and Vines.

In the second inning, a walk to Thompson was followed by three consecutive doubles by Vines, Kristen Sumler and Abbott as Cabot added three more runs to take firm control.

Hill had a pair of doubles and two runs in the win. Vines doubles, singled, drew a walk and scored three runs, while Sumler doubled, singled and scored a run. Thompson walked three times, scoring twice.

Cabot hit the field again against Little Rock Central and put together a dominant 15-0 mercy-rule showing.

Giving mostly reserves playing time against the Lady Tigers, the Lady Panthers didn’t miss a beat. Kaitlyn Felder tossed a no-hitter over four innings, striking out five and walking three.

At the plate, leadoff batter Payton Steadman had a huge game, going 4 for 4 with four singles, three stolen bases and three runs. Molly Wood had a double, single, walk and three runs, while Victoria Eckert also scored three runs after two walks and reaching on an error.

The end of the week was a little tougher for the Lady Panthers, as Searcy came to town and came from behind to beat Cabot 4-3 in extra innings.

The Lady Panthers led 2-1 going into the seventh inning, but gave up the tying run after three singles.

Starting the eighth inning with a runner on second because of the international tie-breaker rule, Cabot gave up a pair of runs after a fielder’s choice, a single and an error.

The Lady Panthers had their chance in the bottom of the inning as Thompson began on second base and moved to third on a fly to right by Hill. Vines hit an RBI single and stole second, but was stranded there when the game ended after a strikeout and groundout.

Cabot had struck first in the game when Vines also singled and stole second in the second inning. A single by Justus brought in vines. Abbott singled and scored in the fifth inning.

Cabot got back to their shutout ways Monday with a 9-0 win over Jonesboro.

The Lady Panthers led just 1-0 after three innings, but exploded for four runs in the fourth inning and added four more in the sixth to secure the win.

Wood led the Lady Panthers with three singles and a run. Hill hit a pair of doubles and also scored a run. Each of the nine Cabot starters scored once in the win. Thompson and Abbott also each had two singles for Cabot.

Thompson tossed a seven-inning, two-hit shutout, striking out four and not allowing a hit until the sixth inning.

The Lady Panthers are now 10-11 overall and 4-5 in conference action.

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