Panthers fall to Rogers in state baseball tourney

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Cabot starter Zachary Patterson delivers a pitch Thursday during the Panthers’ game against Rogers in the Class 7A state baseball tournament at Veterans Park in Rogers. (Photo by Marc Henning/Morning News)

The Cabot Panthers struck first, but couldn’t keep up late in a 6-1 loss to the Rogers Mounties in the first round of the Class 7A State Tournament on Thursday in Rogers.

Cabot took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Rogers came back with three runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

After an uneventful first inning, Cabot had a chance in the second to score when Riley Knudsen led off with a single to right, Kason Kimbrell walked and Dustin Morris reached on a fielder’s choice. A sacrifice bunt, pickoff and ground out kept any of those three from coming around to score.

The third inning saw Cabot come through with a run, with Conner Vocque hitting a one-out double. Vocque scored after a walk to Casey Vaughan and Knudsen reaching on an error.

Rogers had little in way of offense through the first three innings, but broke through with three runs in the fourth inning thanks to a pair of doubles, a single, and an error that kept the inning alive.

The Mounties came through with two outs again in the fifth inning. A hit batter, single and walk were sandwiched around a grounder and pop up. A deep double cleared the bases and gave Rogers a 6-1 lead after five innings.

Cabot had a single by Morris erased by a double play in the fourth inning, then a double play did the same thing after a Cole Thomas single in the fifth inning.

Grayson Cole led off the seventh inning with a single, while Tristan Bulice walked with a two outs. A full count strikeout brought an end to the game.

Zach Patterson pitched the first five innings for Cabot, with Ryan Logan coming in to pitch the sixth inning.

Vocque led Cabot with a double and a run. Knudsen, Morris, Thomas and Cole all singled for the Panthers.

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