Softball teams battle in warm weather

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Carroll County high school softball teams enjoyed the first warm weather of the season last week, with a number of games reported by area coaches.

Here's what crossed the sports desk last week.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Green Forest

The Lady Tigers traveled to Huntsville and played a double-header, but against two different teams.

Coach Jeff Morrow's team took on the host Lady Eagles in the first game, which went scoreless for three innings before the host team found its bats. Huntsville got a 10-0 win in a 5-inning affair, then Berryville had to turn around and play Farmington for their second game.

The Lady Cardinals took that one 15-0 in three innings, leaving Green Forest with a 2-4 overall record, 2-3 in 1AAA play.

"In that first game, we had the ducks on the pond, but couldn't bring them home," Coach Morrow said about leaving runners on base. "Amy Harp pitched again, and Beth Doolin caught. Beth had another throw-out at second base.

"In the game against Farmington, we fouled a couple of balls off against their No. 3 pitcher, then they brought in No. 2, then No. 1, and the pitches got proportionally faster. Their No. 1 was throwing change-ups that were faster than what we usually see."

Berryville vs Eureka Springs

The host Lady Bobcats got a lead in the first inning and didn't let it slip away, earning a 19-9 victory over the Lady Highlanders in six innings of action for their first 1AAA Conference victory.

That gave them a 4-10 overall mark, 1-8 in 1AAA play.

For Berryville, Sativa Marshall pitched three innings, Lindsay Box one, and then Santana Barr finished the game on the mound.

"I've seen such an improvement since game one," Berryville coach Sheila Neal said. "Each girl is doing better at her place on the field. We did really well this game.

"It was Lindsay Box's first time to pitch this season and she was a little nervous, but did a good job. We ran the bases well. About 80 percent of our runs came from stolen bases.

"We did have some good hits. Sativa had a good hit, Chelsea Williams had two good hits, and Emily Taylor went 3-of-4. Lane Barrows had three great hits.

"Allison Carozza stole several bases and did a good job, and Rose Ellis was 2-of-4 at bat. C.J. Carden played her first game since a shoulder injury and got on base twice and had a good hit."

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