The Cabot Panthers came up just short last week at Mountain Home in a doubleheaders against the Bombers, losing both games by one run.
The first game was a heartbreaker for the Panthers, losing 1-0 as the Bombers scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ryan Logan pitched a beauty for Cabot, but came away with a loss on his record. Logan got out of a jam in the second inning when he gave up three singles, but kept the Bombers off the board. Mountain Home managed just one other single until the seventh inning. A one-out double was followed by a walk. A passed ball led to both runners moving up, leading to an intentional walk to load the bases and set up a possible double-play. Another ball squirted far enough away for Mountain Home to send the runners and steal a win.
On offense, Cabot couldn’t get the big hit they needed to push a run across. Casey Vaughan hit a two-out triple in the first inning, but was followed by a ground-out to second.
In the third inning, Tristan Bulice made it around to third after drawing a walk, then moving on a passed ball and an error. Three strikeouts ended that inning with Bulice on third.
Double plays later erased singles by Kason Kimbrell and Conner Vocque. Coleman McAtee led off the seventh inning with a single up the middle and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, but a fly out to center ended the inning.
The second game saw a little more offense, but also a 3-2 loss by the Panthers.
Cabot took an early lead when Vocque was hit by a pitch leading off the game, moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a single by Logan.
After Mountain Home tied the game with a home run in the second inning, Cabot retook the lead in the fourth. Riley Knudsen led off the inning with a double and later scored on a two-out single by Kimbrell.
The Bombers took the lead for good in the top of the fifth thanks to a walk and three singles. Cabot’s best chance for a comeback came in the bottom of the inning when bases were loaded after a walk to Vocque and singles by Logan and Vaughan. A rundown and a double-play ended the inning. The Panthers went down in order in the seventh inning with three straight deep flies to center.