Diamond-9 stumbles at Gentry
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.
"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."
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."