Tuesday, June 02, 2015

SPORTS STORY >> Centennial Bank junior team wins

Leader sports editor

Cabot’s Centennial Bank junior American Legion team improved its record to 5-0 this season with a doubleheader sweep at Sheridan last Wednesday. Cabot won the opener 8-4 and held on for a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

Bobby Joe Duncan went 3 for 4 at the plate in game one to lead Cabot’s eight-hit performance. Dillon Thomas went 2 for 4 and the visiting team was helped out by four Sheridan errors.

The Centennial Bank team had to come from behind twice in the opening game. Sheridan got out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but Cabot quickly tied it with two of its own in the top of the third.

Sheridan reclaimed the lead with a single run in the third, and Cabot again tied it in the fourth and finally took the lead with a run in the top of the fifth that made it 4-3.

Sheridan tied it in the bottom of the fifth, but Cabot exploded for four runs in the top of the sixth, then held Sheridan scoreless in the sixth for the win as time expired.

Cabot pitchers Ty Cyr and Brett Brockinton combined to allow just three base hits, but Cyr walked four and Cabot committed three errors to help the home team on the scoreboard.

Cabot also showed patience at the plate, drawing eight walks in the game-one victory.

Brockinton threw the last three and two-thirds innings, facing 12 batters, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out four.

Game two was just a four-inning affair, with Brian Tillery going that distance on the mound for the win. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out four Sheridan batters.

A familiar pattern repeated itself early in the nightcap. Sheridan scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning before Cabot tied it with two in the top of the second. No one scored in the third and Cabot added the game-winner in the top of the fourth. Tillery threw his third-straight scoreless inning in the bottom of the fourth to preserve the win.

Cabot got just four hits, but made the most of them. Sheridan committed no errors in game two, but did issue five more walks.

Duncan again led the way, going 2 for 3 while Thomas and Skylar Weidman added the other two base hits.

On the night, Duncan went 5 for 7 at the plate, with a double and three runs scored.

Cabot played Bryant at home last night after Leader deadlines, and will compete in the Jacksonville Junior Tournament that starts today and runs through the weekend.