The Cabot Panthers hit the diamond last week against the Marion Patriots and came up just short in the end, 4-3.
Cabot trailed Marion 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. It looked like Cabot would be trailing by that number going into the sixth after two quick outs.
Nine-hole hitter Connor Vocque reached on an error with two outs, sparking a rally for the Panthers. Back at the top of the order, Lee Sullivan hit a single to put a pair of runners on base. Riley Knudsen followed with a bases-clearing double to right center to cut Marion’s lead to 4-2.
After a scoreless top of the sixth, Cabot got back to work with the bats in the bottom of the inning. Gavin Tillery drew a walk, moved into scoring position on an error and scored on a single by Landon James.
Tillery pitched his third inning of scoreless relief in the top of the seventh to keep Cabot within striking distance.
Jonathan Latture gave the Panthers the chance they wanted with a one-out single, putting the tying run on base with the meat of the order up to bat.
Cabot couldn’t get the clutch hits they needed this time, with a pair of strikeouts ending the game.
Adam Hicks got the start on the mound for the Panthers and took the loss.
In the second game, Cabot took a 3-0 loss after being held to one hit. Zach Patterson pitched a solid game for the Panthers, but the Patriots took advantage of every base runner they had. Cabot broke up the Marion pitcher’s bid for a no-hitter when Tristan Bulice hit a two-out double in the seventh inning.