Panthers open baseball season with wins
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The Cabot Panthers have had a busy and productive week on the baseball field.
The Panthers broke in their new facilities with a blowout of Little Rock Parkview, took a close win over Jacksonville, then on to the Red Devil Classic in Jacksonville where they handed Sylvan Hills a rare run-rule defeat.
Against the Patriots, the Panthers pounded out 15 hits while run-ruling Parkview 13-3.
Cabot had a big third inning, sending 14 batters to the plate while scoring nine runs — all with two outs. With a single sandwiched between a strikeout and a flyout, the Panthers started a streak of eight consecutive hits. Brent Dean had a single, double and two runs in the inning. Riley Knudsen also had two hits in the inning with a pair of singles.
Dustin Morris reached base all three appearances with two singles and a walk. Ryan Logan had a single, double, a stolen base and scored two runs in the win. Logan also got the win on the mound, going four innings while giving up four hits and one earned run while striking out five.
Cabot got a better challenge against Jacksonville, earning a 4-3 win.
Morris picked up the win for the Panthers thanks to six solid innings of work. Kason Kimbrell earned the save.
The Panthers struck in the first inning when Casey Vaughn hit a two-out double, Tristan Bulice was hit by a pitch, then Zachary Patterson brought them both in with a double.
Knudson gave Cabot a 3-0 lead in the second inning when he walked, moved around on a Grayson Cole double, then scored on a error.
Morris faced the minimum batters over the first three innings and had two quick outs in the fourth. David Williams and Greg Jones broke that streak with back-to-back singles for Jacksonville. A walk followed by an error allowed three runs to score as the Red Devils tied the Panthers 3-3.
That’s where the score stayed until Patterson hit his second double of the game to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. A sacrifice bunt by Kimbrell moved him into scoring position, while a pinch-hit single by Logan drove Patterson home.
Kimbrell came in to pitch the seventh inning and made short work of the Devils with a pop up, a single and double-play to end it.
Playing in wintry conditions early Saturday, Cabot received a two-hit shutout from Patterson in a 10-0 win over the Sylvan Hills Bears.
Patterson scattered those two hits over four innings while striking out seven.
The Panthers didn’t spread out their scoring very much though, jumping all over the Bears with eight runs in the first inning.
A walk to Connor Vocque and a single by Morris set up Vaughn for a three-run home run to start the game.
Two hits, three walks and an error helped the Panthers take a commanding 8-0 lead in the first inning.
Knudsen was the only Panthers with multiple hits, with a single and a double. Bulice scored two runs thanks to a single and a walk.