Lady Panthers rout Jonesboro, fall to NLR

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Cabot’s Rachel Allgood gets a double in the seventh inning against North Little Rock. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Cabot pitcher Kaitlyn Felder applies a tag to North Little Rock’s Hannah Lovercheck during the Lady Panthers’ loss Thursday. Lovercheck was called safe on the play. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The road was kinder than home to the Lady Panthers this past week, as Cabot traveled to Jonesboro and came back with a 10-3 win.

Two days later at home, Cabot fell 10-0 to a very good North Little Rock team.

At Jonesboro, Cabot added a little to the lead almost every inning, taking firm control of the game in the middle innings.

The Lady Panthers got their first run in the top of the first when Heather hill reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored when Brandyn Vines laced a double on a full count.

Jonesboro answered that run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 1-1. The second inning was scoreless for both teams, although Cabot did load the bases and leave them stranded in the top of the inning.

Cabot began taking control in the third inning with three runs. Vines singled and later scored after four straight hits by Lady Panthers. Macee Abbot doubled, and was followed by singles from Rachel Allgood, Lane Justus and Shauna Attendorn. Abbot and Allgood scored to give the Panthers a 4-1 lead.

Starting pitcher Kaitlyn Thompson singled and scored in the fourth inning after a single by Hill and Vines’ third hit of the game.

Leading 5-2 heading into the fifth, the Lady Panthers tacked on three more runs. Justus led off with a single, followed by a walk to Attendorn. An error on a grounder by Thompson followed by another single from Hill helped give Cabot an 8-2 lead.

Cabot added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to set the final 10-3 margin. Taylor Anderson led off with a single, but was erased on a fielder’s choice by Thompson. Thompson scored when Hill blasted one out of the park for a two-run homer. Hill finished 3 for 5 with two singles, a homer and two runs. Vines was 3 for 4 with a double, two singles, a walk and a run. Thompson had just one hit, but scored three times.

Thompson gave up just two hits over seven innings to earn the win. She fanned seven while walking two. A pair of Cabot errors helped the Lady Golden Hurricane as many as they did.

The home game against North Little Rock didn’t go as well for Cabot. Anderson singled in the first, but Cabot didn’t have another hit until a double by Allgood in the fifth inning.

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