The Cabot Lady Panthers swept a conference doubleheader against Mountain Home last week at Lady Panther Field.
Cabot took the first game 8-4, then completed the sweep with an 11-3 win in the second game.
Lauren McCluskey had a little bit of a rough start in the opener, giving up six hits and four runs in the first three innings. She found her groove with that final out of the third inning, not allowing Mountain Home another base runner the rest of the game.
The Lady Panthers scored three runs in the second to take a 3-2 lead. Molly Wood and Hannah Montgomery led off with walks, followed by a single from Brandyn Vines and a walk to Rachel Allgood. Erin Eckert drilled a two-run single to give the Panthers the lead.
Cabot took the lead for good with another three runs in the fourth inning. Allgood stroked a triple to score Lane Justus, who had reached on an error. Allgood came around on a double by Eckert, while Eckert scored when Heather Hills laid down a sacrifice. Vines and Justus would both single and score in the sixth inning as well, thanks to an error and a sac fly from Eckert.
The second game saw some late fireworks as well, with the Lady Panthers scoring all they needed in a five-run fifth inning.
Montgomery singled to start the inning, but was later erased on a fielder’s choice. Vines singled and would later come around to score after Justus reached on a walk, Allgood reached on a fielder’s choice and Eckert singled to load the bases.
Hill stepped to the plate and drilled a 2-0 pitched over the fence for a grand slam that put the Panthers in the control of the game.
Allgood also singled and scored in the first inning, while Vines had a nice game with a single in the second inning and a triple in the third inning. She scored after each hit.
Montgomery got the win as the starting pitcher for the Lady Panthers. Mountain Home’s lone run came on a homer by the leadoff batter in the first inning. Montgomery scattered eight hits after that, not allowing the Lady Bombers to mount a rally.
Cabot 4, Jonesboro 3
Cabot also beat Jonesboro 4-3 to remain unbeaten in 7A/6A-East play.
Cabot scored all four of its runs in the fifth inning. Rachel Allgood singled and scored. Erin Eckhert walked and scored. Molly Wood reached on an error and scored on a home by Macee Abbott.
Jonesboro scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth but left the tying run at first base.