Fur flies in Bobcat/Tiger extra-inning softball game

Monday, April 7, 2003
Softball shootout! -- Berryville's Emily Bell, right, in helmet, took a lead, then dashed for second base as Green Forest firstbasewoman Terri Tidyman, shortstop Amanda Peden, and second-basewoman Haley Roney moved to cover a throw in the two teams' first meeting this year. Green Forest won that game, but on Monday, March 31, the tables turned and Berryville squeezed out a one-point win in extra innings, good for a conference win. CCN/David McNeal

It looked like a blowout Monday when the Green Forest Lady Tigers jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first two innings against the Berryville Lady Bobcat softball team.

Then action at A.L. Carter Field got really confusing as Berryville rallied for an 11-10 win, in spite of the scoreboard being a run ahead of the official book.

GF- 2-6-0-2-0-0-0-0-0

BV- 0-1-2-0-2-3-0-1-2

Berryville assistant coach Sheila Neal noticed that students running the scoreboard had an extra run up when the game appeared to be tied at 10-all, and in spite of howls of protest from spectators, corrected the visual error to match the official book.

Down 10-3 in the fifth, Berryville came through when senior Allison Carozza laid down a bunt to reach first, then Chelsea Williams got on with a single. Mahalie Armstrong sent two runs home with a strong double, and the race was on.

Green Forest had just nine players to start the game as several were sick or gone on school trips, but they had to finish with eight after a big collision at home plate in the fifth inning.

Lady Tiger Crystal Trask slid home and scored, but collided with Lady Bobcat catcher Whitney Wilson and the plate and hurt her ankle. She couldn't return, so Green Forest had to take an automatic out each time Trask's name came up in the rotation.

"Berryville gave up walks early and we got ahead, but we had errors when they started their run," Tiger coach Jeff Morrow said. "It was a good game, but every time we would get runners on base, that automatic out would end the inning."

Bobcat coach John Ed Goodman said, "It was as great game. Santana Barr started pitching and went two-thirds of an inning, then Emily Bell came in and went the rest of the nine. It was a great comeback. Green Forest didn't have enough for a JV game after the injury, and some of our kids didn't get in this time."

Hits- For Berryville, Coach Goodman said Wilson had a big hit, Kristy Wharton two hits, Bell some hits, Ginger Recinos a double and single with two RBIs, and Armstrong a two-run double.

For Green Forest, Coach Morrow said Haley Roney had a hit and RBI, Kara Whiteley a hit, Terri Tidyman a hit and two RBIs, and Amy Harp and LaRae Jones hits.

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