FAYETTEVILLE – On a rainy Friday morning at the University of Arkansas, Cabot shone the brightest through the clouds as the Panthers beat Springdale Har-Ber, 2-1, to claim the Class 7A baseball state championship.
Cabot senior pitcher Logan Gilbertson pitched a gem and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after securing the win to improve to 7-3 on the season.
“He’s our big game pitcher,” said Cabot coach Ronnie Goodwin, “and this was a big game.”
Gilbertson, who signed last Fall to play baseball at the University of Central Arkansas, threw three strikeouts and was hitting in the mid- to high 80s on the scoreboard radar gun early in the game.
“I was throwing strong early,” Gilbertson said. “I wasn’t hitting with my slider but my fastball was good early. Adrenaline, I guess.”
Cabot finishes the year 25-7 and this is the school’s first state baseball championship. Gilbertson a lanky 6-foot-3 was also a key player on last season’s state basketball championship, also the school’s first.
“It has been a pretty good run,” Goodwin said. “Basketball last year, baseball, maybe soccer [Saturday]. I was joking with [Mike] Malham that maybe Cabot isn’t a football school anymore.
Goodwin, who played on North Little Rock High School’s state championship in 1996, said that when he was hired by Cabot four years ago that he said then would be a state title winner.
“That’s what I told the Foundation, people in the community,” he said. “You look at the youth programs and see what they were doing, and I knew that it would be four of five years but Cabot would be in that position of winning titles.”
Four years later, Cabot got its first.