Tigers end season with early exit at 1AAA Baseball Tourney

Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Green Forest pitcher C.J. Matthews sent a fast ball toward a Farmington Cardinal during the first game of the 1AAA District Baseball Tournament, which started Wednesday at A.L.Carter Field in Berryville. Farmington had a big rally late in the game and knocked the Tigers out, 15-14. CCN/David McNeal

The Green Forest Tiger baseball team wrapped up its season with an early exit from the 1AAA District Baseball Tournament on Wednesday, when Farmington came from behind to steal a 15-14 win in the opening game.

"We were up 14-4 going into the fifth inning and had a chance to run-rule them if we had held, then we made a bunch of errors and Farmington got five runs," Coach Tony Coffey said. "We had our bats going, but never recovered from that inning."

1AAA DISTRICT TOURNEY

Green Forest vs Farmington

GF- 14R-16H-8E

FN- 15R-15H-4E

C.J. Matthews started on the mound for the Tigers and went four innings, faced 22 batters, struck out six, and gave up four runs.

"He pitched his maximum of 87 pitches, so I took him out," Coach Coffey said.

Brett Connor came in for 1-2/3 innings and faced 16 batters, but had five errors behind him. Roy Campbell finished the final 1-1/3 innings.

GF- 0-4-0-5-5-0-0

FN- 1-0-2-1-5-4-2

"We didn't finish like we wanted, and I hate to see our three seniors end like that," Coffey said. "Our seniors are great guys and will be missed greatly."

Senior players were Roy Campbell, Shawn McGill, and Adrian Sanchez.

Hits- Matthews- 4/5, 2D, 2SB; McGill- 2/5, HR; Campbell- 1/2, HR; Neal McCutcheon- 3/4, HR, D; Sanchez- 2/3; Dustin Badley- 2/4.

FINAL UPDATE

The Tiger baseball team did a season's worth of work in the past seven days, playing seven games, including the 1AAA District tournament game on Wednesday.

Coach Coffey reported the following about games from April 10-15.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15

Vs. Huntsville

HV- 4R-5H-0E

GF- 2R-5H-2E

Coach Coffey said this was a tune-up game for district, which began Wednesday at Berryville. He pitched C.J. Matthews one inning, Roy Campbell two, Brett Connor two, and Mark Goff two.

Matthews hit two doubles during the contest.

MONDAY, APRIL 14

Vs. Prairie Grove

Gf- 7R-12H-4E

PG- 14R-14H-3E

It was a home run derby on Prairie Grove's small field, with Green Forest pounding four home runs, and the host Tigers five.

C.J. Matthews hit two out, and Shawn McGill two. Coach Coffey said Mark Goff came in to pitch in relief and did a good job, and that Adrian Sanchez went 2 of 4 at the plate.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

Harrison Tournament

The Tigers played three times in the Harrison Tournament, losing to Booneville 9-1 in their opener.

"Roy Campbell threw a good game, but we had too many errors," Coffey said.

Their second game was against Heber Springs, and they lost 11-1. Their final game was against Lamar, which was a close 7-6 loss.

Green Forest scored six runs, had five hits, and made one error. Lamar had six runs, four hits, and one error.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10

Vs. Gravette

The Tigers hosted Gravette and lost 14-1. Coach Coffey said the team had eight hits, and that McGill was 2 of 3 at bat.

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