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Panthers drop doubleheader to NLR

The Cabot Panthers came up a little short in a doubleheader with the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats last week.

The Panthers took a 5-2 loss in the opening game, and while the offense picked up in the nightcap, Cabot went down 8-5.

Cabot trailed and had just two hits — singles by Kason Kimbrell and Riley Knudsen — over the first six innings in the opener.

In the top of the seventh, Coleman McAtee led off by reaching on an error. Casey Vaughan stroked a single, followed by walks to Zach Patterson and Knudsen, bringing Vaughan in. Patterson scored on a sacrifice fly by Kimbrell, followed by a walk to Tristan Bulice. A flyout to center and a strikeout ended Cabot’s rally.

North Little Rock scored all five of its runs in the first three innings, before Knudsen came in and shut down the Wildcats over the final three.

In the second game, the Charging Wildcats again took a commanding lead before the Panthers fought back and came up short.

North Little Rock scored in the second inning off two errors and a sacrifice. The Wildcat offense exploded in the fourth inning, knocking around three singles and a pair of home runs on the way to taking an 8-0 lead.

Cabot scored their first run in the fifth inning after McAtee walked and later scored on an error. Vaughan and Connor Vocque each walked in the inning, but the Panthers left the bases loaded after a fielder’s choice and a strikeout.

The Panthers scored three more runs in the sixth inning with Knudsen and Kimbrell leading off the inning with a pair of singles. A pair of passed balls brought Knudsen around to score, while Kimbrell scored on a two-out single by Vocque. Vocque moved into scoring position on a passed ball, then scored on a error at third to make the score 8-4.

North Little Rock got two quick outs to start the seventh inning, but Cabot wasn’t quite done. Walks to Knudsen and Kimbrell set up McAtee for an RBI single. That brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Grayson Cole. Cole couldn’t quite get all of it and flew out to left to end the game.

Dustin Morris pitched the first four innings for Cabot, not allowing a hit until the fourth. Zach Patterson came in to pitch relief, and despite allowing a runner to reach third in every inning, was also about to strand those runners there in each inning.

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