The Cabot Panthers split a conference doubleheader with the always tough North Little Rock Charging Wildcats last week at Brian Wade Conrade Memorial Field.
Cabot took the first game 6-3, then lost a heartbreaker 9-8 in the nightcap.
Kason Kimbrell came through in the clutch in a big way for the game-winning RBIs in the opening game.
With the game tied 3-3 in the sixth inning, Lee Sullivan and Riley Knudsen both walked and advanced with two outs. Tristan Bulice was intentionally walked to set up a force out at any base. Kimbrell didn’t give the Wildcats a force out, but he did stroke a triple that cleared the bases and gave the Panthers a 6-3 lead.
Zachary Patterson pitched the first six innings to earn the win. Knudsen came in the seventh inning and picked up the save with a scoreless inning.
Cabot scored first in the game when Coleman McAtee was hit by a pitch, moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Patterson and scored on a single by Grayson Cole. In the fourth inning, Patterson was hit by a pitch and later scored after consecutive walks to Connor Vocque, Sullivan and Adam Hicks. Cabot’s third run came in the fifth when Buliced doubled and scored on a single by McAtee.
The second game came down to the wire as Cabot trailed 6-4 after six innings, then came roaring back in the top of the seventh.
Logan Kirkendoll got the rally started with a single, followed by Sullivan being hit by a pitch.
Adam Hicks laid down a sacrifice bunt for the first out, while Knudsen grounded out to first, driving in a run, but also providing the second out.
Bulice was intentionally walked, but a single by Kimbrell and a triple by McAtee brought in the runs that gave Cabot an 8-6 lead heading to the bottom of the inning.
Things went way wrong for Cabot in the bottom of the inning, as North Little Rock was able to come back and win thanks to a trio of errors and a hit batter.
Cabot also beat Little Rock Christian 6-3 behind the pitching of Kimbrell, Chase Kyzer and Knudsen.
Patterson was 2 for 2 with a walk and a run in the win. Brent Dean hit a pair of singles and scored, Jonathan Latture had a single, walk and run, while Knudsen walked twice and scored twice for the Panthers.