The Cabot Lady Panthers kicked off their softball season and their new ballpark the right away last week, with a 4-1 win over the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Thompson pitched a very solid game, not allowing a run until consecutive doubles in the fifth inning. Thompson’s only other hits allowed were a single in the first and a single in the seventh innings. Thompson struck out 11 while walking two and hitting two.
Thompson did a great job fooling the Lady Yellowjacket batters and working the corners. Seven of her 11 strikeouts came looking.
Offensively, Cabot’s first four batters went down in order to start the game. Brandyn Vines worked a one-out walk in the second inning, stole second and came around to score on a single by Kaitlyn Fielder. Fielder later scored on a single by Lane Justus to give the Lady Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Cabot added two more runs in the third inning to move ahead 4-0. Taylor Anderson and Heather Hill led off the inning with a single and walk, respectively. Both came around to score on a double by Kayla Henard. Kristen Sumler reached on a walk in the inning, but both her and Henard were stranded.
The offense slowed down over the next few innings, with a single by Vines being Cabot’s only hit. The Lady Panthers did have a walk each inning, but couldn’t come up with the timely hit to add any insurance runs.
The Lady Panthers got back on the field Monday night when they traveled to Russellville, but ran into a buzz saw this time in an 11-1 loss to the Lady Cyclones.
Russellville ace Andrea Kindrick struck out 14 over five innings of work. The Lady Panthers were able to avoid the shutout in the third inning when Payton Steadman worked a full count walk, then later scored on a single by Thompson.