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Panthers split with West Memphis

Cabot’s Riley Knudsen follows through on a swing against Jacksonville two weeks ago.Buy Photo
Cabot’s Riley Knudsen follows through on a swing against Jacksonville two weeks ago.

The Cabot Panthers earned a doubleheader split against West Memphis, winning 4-3 and losing one 5-4.

Adam Hicks went the distance in the win, although it looked like getting out of the first inning might not happen. West Memphis scored two in the first inning as a walk was sandwiched between four singles. The Blue Devils had base runners in five of the next six innings as well, but Hicks was able to pitch out of the jams and allow just one run.

Cabot got one run back in the bottom of the first when Lee Sullivan singled and later scored on a double by Riley Knudsen.

The Panthers took the lead in the fourth inning with a pair of runs. Connor Vocque singled, followed by another single from Sullivan. After a pair of errors and a single by Hicks, Cabot had taken a 3-2 lead.

West Memphis came back to tie the game in the fifth inning, only to have Cabot score the winning run in what turned out to be their last at bat.

Zachary Patterson singled and stole second to get in scoring position. Denver Mullins followed with a single and Vocque reached on an error as Patterson came around to score and set the final 4-3 margin.

That thrilling win was offset by a tough loss where the Blue Devils scored the winning run on a squeeze bunt.

Patterson got the start on the hill for the Panthers and also ran into trouble early on, as West Memphis scored two in the first and one in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

The Panthers came back with three runs in the fourth inning to tie the contest. With two outs, Tristan Bulice got the rally started with a single, followed by a single by Gavin Tillery. Patterson reached on an error to keep the inning alive. Kimbrell would later single as Bulice, Tillery and Patterson all scored.

After West Memphis scored one in the top of the fifth inning, Cabot tied the game again in the bottom half.

Vocque singled, stole second, then ended up on third base thanks to a balk. Tillery later reached on an error, forcing in Vocque to make the score 4-4.

The scored stay that way until West Memphis got a runner on with a walk, then sacrificed him to second, where he played head ups baseball and also took third.

A squeeze bunts pushed the runner home and a 5-4 lead for the Winter. Cabot had the middle of the order coming up in the seventh inning, but they went down in order as West Memphis snagged the win.

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