Panthers get much-needed wins last week
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The Cabot Panthers swept a conference doubleheader with Marion, then grabbed a win over Pulaski Academy on the baseball diamond last week.
Cabot had a big offensive night against the Marion Patriots, winning the first game 7-1, then taking a 12-2 run-rule win in the nightcap.
Ryan Logan went the distance for Cabot in the opening win over Marion, not allowing a run until the sixth inning and not allowing a hit at all until the fifth inning. Logan was helped out by getting a double-play in four of the innings, and fanning the side in another.
On offense, Cabot got going early with a pair of runs in the first inning. Connor Vocque led off the game with a single, moved around on a single by Logan, then scored on a balk. Casey Vaughan reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored after singles from Coleman McAtee and Grayson Cole.
Zach Patterson reached on an error in the second inning, then scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Vocque. Vaughan and Riley Knudsen singled and scored in the third inning after each stole a base and were followed by singles from McAtee and Kason Kimbrell.
Vocque finished his night with a double, two singles and two runs. Logan, Knudsen, McAtee and Cole each had two singles in the win.
The Panthers banged out 13 hits and drew four walks to go with two hit batters in the second win over Marion.
Logan led the Panthers at the plate this time with a double, two singles, two runs and two RBIs. Knudsen had a single, triple and pair of RBIs. Brent Dean and Cole Thomas also had multiple hits in the win. Thomas singled twice and scored twice, while Dean had a single and a double.
Patterson got the call on the hill for the Panthers, and other than a hiccup in the third inning, shut down the Patriots for a complete game win. Patterson scattered four hits and three walks over six innings, while fanning 11.
Playing against Pulaski Academy, the Panthers got the best of future Razorback Lawson Vassar on the mound for a 4-3 win.
Gavin Tillery earned the win for Cabot, going four innings and leaving with a 4-2 win. Knudsen came in for the final three innings to pick up the save.
The Panthers jumped on Vassar early with Logan, Vaughan and Knudsen hitting consecutive singles, with Logan and Vaughan scoring. A double-play got the Bruins out of the inning.
The Bruins scored a pair in the second inning, but Tillery stranded a Bruin runner on third to keep the game tied.
In the fifth inning, Cole and Kimbrell roped back-to-back doubles to give Cabot the lead. Cole scored on Kimbrell’s double, while Kimbrell came around later on a single from Vocque.
Pulaski Academy worked a run in the top of the sixth inning, but were shut down by Knudsen in the seventh as the Panthers took the win. Cabot out-hit Pulaski Academy 11-6, missing a run or two with some mental errors.
Logan had a pair of singles and two steals in the win, while Knudsen was on base all night with a two singles and a walk, along with two RBIs. Cole added a single and double for the Panthers.