Panthers total 29 runs in sweep
Cabot sweeps Marion for second straight year
Sports Editor Cabot swept a 7A/6A-East doubleheader last Friday afternoon in very different fashions.
The Panthers took the first game at John Robbins Field 5-0, mustering just three hits in support of senior starter Peyton Moore. Moore pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs (five in all), five hits, while striking six out and walking a pair.
The nightcap featured some offense for Marion, as the hosts scored four runs, but six Patriot pitchers combined to allow 24 runs (11 earned), 16 hits, while walking 10 batters. Cabot completed the sweep with a 24-4 win.
Marion fell to 0-14 overall and 0-4 in the 7A/6A-East with the pair of losses.
The opener was scoreless until the top of the third inning when the Panthers struck with three hits and an error to account for the first three runs of the game. Following a leadoff double by Jon Brockington, the next two Panthers were retired in order, but the Panthers came through with a single and a triple that scored the game’s first two runs. The third came in on an error.
Marion threatened Cabot in the bottom of the fifth when the Pats got a single from sophomore Peyton McElroy, a Peyton Walker fielder’s choice and Cody Smith walked to load the bases with just one out and the score resting at 3-0.
However, an Alex O’Brien line drive was snared in right field and Walker went halfway and was doubled off as the throw barely beat him back to the bag.
In Marion’s final two scoring opportunities, Cabot starter Chase Kyzer and the Panthers’ closer retired the Pats in order, utilizing double play in the bottom of the sixth ahead of a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh.
Kyzer pitched six innings, gave up three hits, walked two and struck four out. 45 of his 78 pitches were strikes while he also three first-pitch strikes on 11 of his 20 batters. The righthander was the winning pitcher.
In the nightcap, Cabot scored four times in the bottom of the first, six in the second, eight in the third and six in the bottom of the fourth to lead by as much as 24-2 before settling for the 24-4 margin of victory.
Sophomore Ripp Inman was tagged with the loss for Marion after drawing the start, but not recording an out, surrendering five hits and allowing four runs. All four runs were earned.
Marion tried to get back into the game in the top of the second inning when the Pats struck back with two runs when McElroy chased in Moore on a single to left field and Walker came around on a wild pitch and the score was 4-2 heading into the bottom of the second.
That’s when Cabot threw up six more runs, aided by their first five batters all reaching base and the Panthers had claimed a 102 advantage.
Three Marion errors and four Cabot hits allowed the Panthers to plate eight more runs in the bottom of the third to push ahead 18-2.
The Pats scored their last two runs of the day in their final plate appearance in the top of the fifth. Marion got hits from Hayden Hodge, a walk from Garrett Sargent a double from Braden Grove to set the table for those tallies.
Joel Sargent scored Garrett Sargent on a ground-out and Hodge came around on Grove’s double to dent the plate.
Marion will continue conference play on Tuesday when they travel to play North Little Rock before playing Gosnell on the road on Thursday. The Pats will play at West Memphis on Tuesday, April 12 for a conference doubleheader, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
By Chuck Livingston