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Lonoke Banking Center drops two in zone tourney

Lonoke Banking Center’s Essick Shephard follows through on his swing during the zone tournament at Cabot on Friday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Lonoke Banking Center’s Essick Shephard follows through on his swing during the zone tournament at Cabot on Friday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Deron Ricks is hit in the head by a pitch against Cabot Red during the zone tournament in Cabot on Friday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Deron Ricks is hit in the head by a pitch against Cabot Red during the zone tournament in Cabot on Friday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Lonoke Banking Center Junior American Legion team finished their season with a pair of losses to Cabot squads in the Area 3 Tournament last week in Cabot.

Lonoke lost its opening game against Cabot White 6-0, then came back the following day with a 12-7 loss to Cabot Red. Cabot White went on to lose in the tournament finals to Jacksonville’s Gwatney Chevrolet team.

The opening game against Cabot White was a tough one, as White’s starting pitcher Chris Odom had his variety of breaking pitches working well enough to toss a complete game no-hitter.

Lonoke had a few chances thanks to five walks in the game, with Hayden Huckaby, Chance Richards and Deron Ricks each walking and making it to third in different innings.

Hunter Ingle and Zach Dale pitched for Lonoke, combining to give up nine hits and striking out five, while walking four. Cabot was able to come through in the clutch and scored all six of their runs with two outs; one run in the first, two in the third and three more in the fourth.

Lonoke was able to find more offense against Cabot Red, but so did their opponents in the 12-7 loss. Part of the high score had to do with more hits in the contest, but a big part also had to do with the nine total errors in the game.

Only one of Lonoke’s seven runs was earned, while Cabot earned just five.

Lonoke began the scoring in the top of the first inning with Hunter Ingle walking and Ricks being hit by a pitch. Both scored when Elijah Seigrist’s fly to left was misplayed.

Cabot scored one in the bottom half of the inning, then took the lead in the second inning with their only earned runs. A two-out, bases loaded double by Lino Garcia was the big blow against Lonoke in the second.

Cabot added one run in the fifth inning, then score five unearned runs in the sixth.

Lonoke was kept off the board until the sixth inning when they scored a pair. Todd Pool singled, while Richards followed with a walk. A fly to left by Ricks was again misplayed, allowing both runners to score.

Lonoke had its best inning in the seventh, but it wouldn’t be enough. Essick Shepard walked to start the inning and scored on a double by Levi Ward. Dale singled next, and both later scored when Ingle reached on an error.

Jacob Gordon started on the mound for Lonoke and gave up just three hits over five innings while fanning seven and walking three.

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