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Panthers split with Lions

The Cabot Panthers played two very different games in a doubleheader against the Searcy Lions last week.

The Panthers suffered a 9-3 loss, but also had a mercy-rule 10-0 no-hitter win over the Lions.

In the 10-0 win, starting pitcher and recent Ouchita Baptist signee Kason Kimbrell tossed a no-hit gem over five inning. The lefty struck out eight while walking three. One of those walks was erased when Kimbrell picked him off first.

Cabot put up three runs in the first inning to take the early lead. After Adam Hicks got on base with a one-out walk, Riley Knudsen and Coleman McAtee each hit doubles, with McAtee’s scoring two runs. McAtee came in to score when Zach Patterson smashed a triple.

The Panthers’ bats went silent over the next two innings, but they added three more runs in the fourth. McAtee led off with a walk, then later scored on a double by Kimbrell. Jonathan Latture doubled in Kimbrell, then came around to score on an error for the 6-0 lead.

Four more runs in the fifth inning gave the Panthers the lead they needed to end the game early. Knudsen led off the inning with another double, then scored on a one-out single from McAtee. Patterson and Kimbrell followed with another pair of singles, Latture reached on a walk, then Denver Mullins knocked in two runs with a double to set the final margin.

The 9-3 loss did have a few bright spots, as Patterson had a solo homer in the game, to go with a single. Knudsen and Kimbrell also singled for the Panthers.

The Panthers will play in the first round of the Class 7A state tournament Thursday at Burns Park. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

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