Mixed weekend for Bobcats
DOVER -- After winning its first three games of the season, the Berryville baseball team took its first two lumps of the year at the Dover Invitational this past weekend.
The Bobcats did, however, defeat Mayflower 10-5 on Saturday to come away with something positive from the trip.
Senior Eric Holman was the winning pitcher in the Bobcats victory over Mayflower and is now a perfect 3-0 on the season. Holman struck out five batters and also scored three runs for Berryville in the win.
Junior Daulton Lynn closed out the game for the Bobcats and pitched the final inning and a third. At the plate, sophomore Donnie Hoppe went three for four and freshman Dalton Sattler and sophomore Austin Lehr each went two for four. Senior Garrett Griffith also doubled.
The Bobcats record now stands at 4-2 after this weekends action. On Friday, Berryville lost 10-0 to Dover in the first day of the invitational.
"We went up against their No. 1 pitcher and he just shut us down," Berryville first year coach Matt Sayer said.
"The final score doesn't really tell the whole story, because we gave up a couple of early runs. But then Donnie Hoppe came in and did a great job pitching for five solid innings," the coach said.
Anthony Noftger, Sattler and Lynn each got a hit during in the Dover game.
After taking out Mayflower on Saturday, the Bobcats then lost to Pottsville 20-4. Highlights for the Bobcats in this game included a triple by Lynn anbd a home run by Holman.
"We just ran out of pitching, and it finally caught up with us," Sayer said. "We went up against some really strong 4A teams, and this is the first time we have played really strong competition."
This week the Bobcats are scheduled to host Huntsville on Tuesday, travel to Valley Springs on Thursday and host Green Forest on Friday.
In his first year as coach, Sayer has already doubled the number of wins the Bobcats had last year.
The team has set a goal to win 10 games this season, and the way things are going don't bet against it.