Diamond-9 stumbles at Gentry

Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Bobcat shortstop Drew Ray, left, held up on third base while Berryville coach Tracy Jones looked things over ina recent game. Green Forest third baseman James Thomas, right, kept an eye on them both. CCN/David McNeal

The Berryville Bobcat baseball team had a letdown on Tuesday in their game with the Gentry Pioneers after clinching the 1AAA District Championship last week.

Berryville, winning the conference schedule and earning the No. 1 seed at the district tournament, was a little flat against the Pioneers and lost, 7-5, while giving up 11 hits with 5 errors.

BV- 5R-5H-5E

GN- 7R-11H-3E

"We were a little flat and made silly mistakes," Coach Tracy Jones said. "I thought we would play well ---- we had a great practice the day before. But it was their Senior Night and we had to wait, so the game started late.

"We went up 3-1 and I felt good, then suddenly it was over and we had lost."

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

GN- 0-0-1-1-1-3-1

Henry Adams went the full 7 innings on the mound and had 5 strikeouts and just 2 walks. Catcher Heath Neal had two assists when he gunned down runners at second base, and almost had a third.

Big stick was Steven Trulove, who went 3 of 4 at bat with a double. Drew Ray scored 3 of the team's 5 runs, and was 1 of 2 at bat with 2 walks.

"Drew and Heath did a good job," Coach Jones said.


Berryville lost a 5-inning JV game 2-1, but Coach Jones had praise for a number of players.

"Drew Johnson threw well for 3-1/3 innings, and Trent Head came in and did a good job," Jones said. "Gabe Perkins had the play of the year when he came all the way from centerfield to short right center and dove for a ball and caught it.

"Brad Newberry and Gared Jennings turned a double play, and Curtis Chappell played well behind the plate. It was really cold, but the JV played hard. Our defense was pretty good."

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