Cabot traveled to Jonesboro and came away with a split in the doubleheader, dropping the first game 5-3, then coming back to win the nightcap 3-1.
The Panthers’ win came with Zach Patterson and Dustin Morris combining to toss a three-hit beauty. Patterson pitched the first four innings, allowing three hits, while striking out three. Patterson walked four batters and hit another, but was able to pitch out of those jams. Morris came in and earned the save after retiring nine consecutive batters to secure the win.
Cabot struck first blood with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Cole Thomas led off with a walk, then later scored on back-to-back two-out singles from Riley Knudsen and Kason Kimbrell.
Grayson Cole began the second inning in style for Cabot with a home run to left-center. Conner Vocque singled, stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Ryan Logan.
Jonesboro broke through with a run in the fourth inning thanks to a pair of doubles, setting what would eventually be the final score of 3-1.
Cabot received a single in the sixth inning by Thomas, but couldn’t push across another run. Morris took over for Patterson in the fifth inning and set down the Hurricane in order from that point on.
Vocque led Cabot with two singles and a pair of steals to go with a run.
The first game saw the Hurricane swing the bat well and take advantage of some uncharacteristic wildness from starting Cabot pitcher Logan. Jonesboro had a homer in the second inning for its first run, then added one in the third thanks in part to three walks. A walk, three singles and a triple in the fifth inning gave the Hurricane a 5-1 lead.
The Panthers scored their first run in the third inning when Casey Vaughan walked and scored on a double by Kimbrell. Thomas singled in the fourth, but it would be the seventh inning before the Panthers put together a rally.
After a flyball out to center, Vaughan was hit by a pitch and Knudsen was walked. Kimbrell singled in his second RBI of the night and later made it to third when Tristan Bulice reached on an error. Knudsen scored on the error. Cabot had the bases loaded with two outs, but a fly ball to center couldn’t find a place to land as Jonesboro squeaked out the win.