Tiger bats ruin Bobcat season opener, 13-3
GREEN FOREST-- The Tigers' bats ruined the Berryville Bobcats baseball season opener last Thursday when the home team pounded out six hits for 13 runs to take the varsity game 13-3.
Berryville had five hits, good for three runs, but had 10 errors. Coach Mark Brigance said, "It was our first ball game and we had quite a few younger players starting. After a while they settled down and felt comfortable. We had five players still out in basketball."
Coach Tony Coffey said his team had two errors, but that was offset by 13 hits. "We hit the ball. I'm happy with that,"?Coffey said. "We hit where they pitched, like we're supposed to. Everybody swung the bat well."
The teams also played a JV game, with Green Forest winning 6-4 in three innings.
The Tigers put up one run in the first inning, then six in both the second and third innings for all 13 of their runs. Berryville scored two in the second and one in the third, with the game stopped after five innings.
For Berryville, Edson Recinos pitched 3-1/3 innings, faced 16 batters, with a walk and strikeout. Michael Hopper finished 2/3 innings. Nick Correia caught the game.
For Green Forest, Caleb Goodman went the distance on the mound, 4-1/2 innings, faced 21 batters, had 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, gave up 4 hits and no earned runs. John Asbury caught the game.
"I?like what I'm seeing from our pitchers,"?Coffey said. "I'm proud of them, they're throwing strikes. And we've been aggressive running the bases."
BV Hits- Curtis Chappell- 1/3; Weston Holman- 1/2; Chase Gott- 1/2; Justin Doss- 1/2; Nathaniel Trowbridge- 1/3; Correia- 1/2, W, 3 sb.
GF Hits- Colby Arnold- 2/3; Jarrid Fredrick- 2/4; James Thomas- 2/2; Terik Jones- 1/2; Andrew Asbury- 1/2; Robbie Ness- 2/3; Jordan Alvard- 2/3.
Coach Brigance said, "I thought Curtis Chappell was steady as he can be, and Weston Holman, a sophomore, stepped up. He hit a rocket-ship double over the centerfielders head. Trowbridge got on second base, put the ball in play three times."
Teams from Green Forest, Berryville and Huntsville braved high winds, freezing temperatures and snow flurries last Saturday morning to play a jamboree-type tournament.
Play began at 10 a.m., with the final game starting at 2 p.m.