Friday, June 02, 2006

SPORTS>> Cabot splits with Catholic’s LR-ASO

Leader sports writer

IN SHORT: The Cabot American Legion team won one and lost one to the Catholic High legion team Wednesday night.

The Cabot AA Home Depot American Legion team won only one out of four games through the first part of the week. A visit to Stuttgart on Saturday saw Home Depot drop both ends of a doubleheader 7-2 and 10-1.

Cabot hosted Little Rock Catholic on Tuesday, splitting a twin bill with the Rockets. Home Depot took game one 4-2, but Catholic rallied back in the nightcap to take the win 3-1 in a two-hitter for the Rockets.

After two innings of the opener, the game was tied at 1-1. Cabot added two runs in the bottom of the third inning, while holding Catholic to only one run in the third.

It would be the only other run for the Rockets in the contest, as pitcher Justin Haas took the win, allowing six hits and giving up one earned run through six innings while striking out three batters. Colin Fuller relieved Haas for the final inning, securing the win for Cabot. Home Depot added one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning to set the final margin.

Sam Bates took to the plate only once for Cabot in game one, but was very effective, driving in two runs. Justin Free was 2 for 2 with an RBI, and Logan Lucas was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Cabot finished the game with five total hits.

Game two would not go quite as smoothly for Cabot. The Home Depot boys only managed two hits in the entire game.
The only run for Cabot came in the top of the fourth inning, when Fuller drove in Haas with an RBI for the score on a Catholic fielding error.

Wade and Drew Burks were the only Cabot batters to walk away with hits in the game. Catholic broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth with two runs to take the win.

The AA Home Depot team earned a record of 1-5 through the opening week of play after Wednesday losses to Conway.
Next up for Cabot will be the 7-Up Classic in Paragould. Home Depot played Benton last night after Leader deadlines in the opening round of the tourney.

After the weekend tourney at Paragould, the Home Depot team will return to weekly action starting Tuesday at Sylvan Hills. Cabot will then host Hot Springs on Thursday.