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Panthers win four in a row in baseball

Cabot’s Riley Knudsen gets a hit against Beebe two weeks ago. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Cabot’s Riley Knudsen gets a hit against Beebe two weeks ago. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Cabot Panthers put together a nice week of baseball, winning four consecutive games, including a doubleheader over conference foe West Memphis.

Cabot beat a solid Beebe team 5-3, shut down Little Rock Hall 11-0, then followed that with a 14-4 mercy-rule win over West Memphis and a 9-2 win over the Blue Devils.

Against Beebe, Cabot scored all five runs in the fourth inning. Ryan Logan led off the inning with a single, followed by a fly out to right. Riley Knudsen singled, Kason Kimbrell reached on an error, Cole McAtee was hit by a pitch, while Brent Dean singled in two runs. McAtee scored on a balk, Scott Burnett singled, and Kyle Kaufman got an RBI on a deep fly to right, scoring Dean.

Kaufman started on the mound, earning the win while giving up two hits and two earned runs over five innings. Gavin Tillery came in to pitch the final two innings, striking out four and earning a save.

Logan was on the hill for the Panthers against Little Rock Hall, tossing a three-hit shutout over five innings while fanning six.

Cole Thomas and Logan both walked and scored in the first inning as Cabot took an early lead. Knudsen and Kimbrell each had RBIs on sacrifices in the inning.

Cabot took control in the second inning, pushing across six runs. Grayson Cole doubled to left with one out, with Thomas and Knudsen singling in the inning. Adam Hicks reached on a walk, Casey Vaughan was hit by a pitch, while Logan and Kimbrell each reached on errors as the Panthers took an 8-0 lead.

The Panthers finished their scoring with Thomas reaching on an error and scoring in the third, while Dustin Morris and Dean both singled and scored in the fourth.

Playing a conference doubleheader against West Memphis, the first game was moving along slowly with a 2-2 tie in the third inning when Cabot came alive in the fourth and fifth innings.

Three runs in the fourth, followed by seven more runs in the fifth gave the Panthers a commanding lead. Cabot banged out 14 hits in the win, to go with nine walks and a hit batter.

Knudsen had a banner day, going 4 for 5 with three doubles and five RBIs. Logan was 3 for 3 with a double, two walks and two RBIs. Thomas was also 3 for 3 with two walks and scored three runs. Logan picked up the win on the mound for the Panthers.

The second game of the double dip was quite as lopsided, but was still a win behind strong starting pitching of Zach Patterson and Knudsen cleaning up in the relief.

West Memphis got their only two runs in the third inning on a single, walk, passed ball and wild pitch. The Blue Devils were held to two hits in the game.

Cabot scored four runs in the first inning and appeared to be on the way to another easy win, but they didn’t score again until the seventh. Thomas and Vaughan singled, while Knudsen doubled and scored in the first inning. Cole was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a passed ball, then scored on a single by Morris.

The Panthers missed scoring chances in the next four innings, then rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh to blow the game open. Thomas and Logan reached on a walk and error to begin the inning. Both scored on a triple by Vaughan, who scored three pitches later on a Knudsen single. Knudsen stole second, went to third as Kimbrell reached on an error, then scored on a passed ball. Kimbrell scored the final run when Morris reached on an error.

Knudsen fanned the final batter in the bottom of the seventh to slam the door and earn a save.

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