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Panthers split with Bombers

Cabot split a conference doubleheader with the Mountain Home Bombers recently, taking the the first game 8-1, then dropping the nightcap 4-0.

The Panthers had some timely hits in the win, but the real star of the game was starting pitching Zachary Patterson.

Patterson was literally un-hittable early in the game, with eight of the first nine outs of the game coming by strikeouts. Patterson didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, when Mountain Home scored an unearned run with a double following an error.

Patterson finished his day by going the full seven innings, striking out 11 while allowing just two hits and no earned runs.

Cabot had their own problems at the plate in the first two innings, but bounced back with a big third inning. Lee Sullivan got the inning started with a walk, followed by Adam Hicks reaching on a fielder’s choice.

Riley Knudsen reached on error that scored Sullivan. Tristan Bulice and Cole McAtee hit back-to-back singles as the Panthers took a 4-0 lead.

The Panthers added two runs in the fourth inning when Jonathan Latture singled, Sullivan was hit by a pitch, and both scored when Knudsen stroked a double.

Cabot added a little extra insurance in the fifth and sixth innings with a run apiece. Kason Kimbrell launched a solo home run in the fifth inning, while Sullivan scored on a sacrifice fly by Knudsen in the sixth to set the final margin.

In the 4-0 loss, the Panthers missed out on some key scoring opportunities early in the game. Cabot left the bases loaded in the first inning, stranded another pair of runners in the second, and had runners reach base in almost every inning after that.

Adam Hicks pitched well for Cabot, allowing just three hits and one run over the first five innings. Mountain Home broke through in the sixth inning when an error and a walk were followed by a triple and single for three runs.

The Panthers also played a non-conference game against Arkansas Baptist, dominating the smaller Eagles 7-1.

Kimbrell was tough on the hill for Cabot, allowing four hits and one run over six inning, while fanning 13 batters.

The Panthers received all the runs they would need in the second inning when Hicks doubled in Connor Vocque and Sullivan, who were both issued free passes. Patterson was walked around the bases in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Hicks and Knudsen singled and doubled, both later scoring on an error as the Panthers took control of the game.

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