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Lady Panthers split two games

The Cabot Lady Panthers played two games last week with two very different results.

Cabot fell 4-0 to North Little Rock in their first game, then bounced back with a 24-0 thrashing of Little Rock Central.

The Lady Panthers had chances against the Lady Charging Wildcats, but couldn’t get that timely hit they needed.

Cabot left the bases loaded three times in the game, and had another inning leaving a runner in scoring position.

A fielder’s choice, hit batter and error loaded the bases with Lady Panthers in the second inning with two outs. A strikeout would end the inning for Cabot. In the fourth inning, Brandyn Vines hit a one-out single, followed by walks to Kaitlyn Felder and Macee Abbot. A fielder’s choice led to an out at home for the second out, then a strikeout followed to end Cabot’s threat.

In the bottom of the fourth, North Little Rock had a three-run homer to turn up the pressure on the Lady Panthers.

Cabot had its best shot in the top of the fifth when Taylor Anderson led off with a single. After a pop up for the first out, Heather Hill reached on an error and Kayla Henard lined one to right that loaded the bases. Back to back strikeouts ended the inning with Cabot empty handed.

Kaitlyn Thompson pitched a solid game for Cabot, scattering five hits and just one walk over six innings.

Offense would not be a problem later in the week when the Lady Panthers scored six runs in the first inning, 10 runs in the second and eight more in the third in a game shortened by the run-rule.

The first inning was a walk-fest for Cabot. Anderson, Hill, Vines and Raven Gilbert all reached on walks, while Abbot was hit by a pitch. Erin Eckert’s single and Shauna Attendorn reaching on an error cleared the bases as Cabot took a 6-0 lead.

The second inning saw six more walks and two more hit batters, but also the Lady Panthers take advantage of a few strikes.

A single by Abbot and a triple from Eckert led to the first five runs of the inning. Thompson added a single later, while more walks helped Cabot take a 16-0 lead by the time the dust settled.

Cabot put in several backups in the third inning, but didn’t slow down the offense. Attendorn led off with a walk, followed by walks to Lane Justus and Logan Smith. Molly Wood drove in runs with a single, while Marlee Munford added to the score after a fielder’s choice. Rachel Allgood and Kaitlyn Felder both reached base and both scored on a triple by Victoria Eckert. Eckert scored on a double by Erin Eckert to set the final margin at 24-0.

Thompson started pitching for Cabot, giving up a bloop single in the second inning while striking out seven over the three-inning shutout.

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