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Cabot first baseman Kason Kimbrell field a foul ball against Jacksonville. Kimbrell stepped on first base to retire the batter because the umpire called it “fair.” (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Cabot’s Tristan Bulice rounds second base, heading to third during the Panthers’ game with Jacksonville on Friday. Bulice eventually scored Cabot’s first run. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Cabot Panthers had another up and down week on the diamond, splitting a conference doubleheader with Little Rock Central, then dropping one to the Jacksonville Red Devils on Friday and one to Pulaski Academy.

After dropping the first game of the double dip 4-1, the Panthers bounced back in the nightcap for a 6-2 win behind a masterful pitching performance by Adam Hicks.

Hicks went the full seven innings, allowing four hits, one walk and one earned run while fanning 11 batters.

The second game didn’t start all that well however, with Central scoring on an error in the top of the inning, while Cabot managed to get four base runners on without scoring in the bottom of the inning.

Central got their lone earned run in the top of the second, but Cabot cut the lead in the bottom half when Denver Mullins singled, moved to second on a walk, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a grounder by Lee Sullivan.

Cabot’s offense picked up the rest of the game, as did Hicks’ pitching. Hicks didn’t allow another hit over the final five innings, while striking out 10 during that stretch. He didn’t allow a base runner over the final four innings.

The Panthers scored three times in the fourth inning to take the lead, then added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning.

Connor Vocque, Sullivan and Hicks all scored in the fourth inning. Vocque walked, followed by a single from Sullivan and a fielder’s choice from Hicks. Riley Knudsen singled, Tristan Bulice walked and Coleman McAtee hit another fielder’s choice to bring in the runs. Bulice and McAtee also scored in the sixth inning.

The bats went silent on Saturday in a 2-0 loss to Pulaski Academy. The shutout spoiled a very solid pitching performance from Kason Kimbrell, who gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out eight and not allowing an earned run.

Cabot managed eight hits in a 7-2 loss to Jacksonville, but they came scattered, with several runners left on base. Sullivan led the Panthers with a pair of singles.

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