Speedy Meza and her Lady Bobcats aren't about to quit trying this year

Friday, March 18, 2011
Diamond Meza and the Berryville softball team are trying to notch their first win of the year. Meza is doing her part on the base paths. She stole four bases in her team's 2-1 loss to Huntsville Tuesday.

The Berryville softball team just can't seem to buy a break.

The Lady Bobcats saw their record fall to 0-8 on Tuesday with a 2-1 home loss to Huntsville.

Like in its previous seven contests, Berryville had plenty of chances to score more runs but for whatever reason the Lady Bobcats just couldn't get their players home.

Berryville had a final chance against Huntsville in the bottom of the seventh inning when junior Diamond Meza opened the inning with a single.

Meza then stole second and was driven to third on a sacrifice by junior Allison Winkle.

But the last two Bobcat batters each flew out to end the game.

After a long talk with their coach in centerfield, Meza talked about how the losing has affected the team.

"We are really upset about this one, because we really thought we should have won," Meza said. "We just need to hit better and field better."

Though the Lady Bobcats are still searching for their first win, Meza has been doing her part both at third base and running the bases.

Meza had four steals in Tuesday's game. In the first inning, Meza scored the Lady Bobcats' lone run.

Meza opened up the bottom of the first with a single, then reached second on a throwing error, stole third base and finally was driven home when junior Emily Hendon connected on a single.

Meza said she loves stealing bases. It's a cat and mouse game between her and the opposing catcher.

"I try to steal a base whenever I get a chance because I always think I can beat the catcher," she said.

Along with Meza and Hendon, sophomore Mattie Armstrong and junior Allison Winkle also had base hits during Tuesday's game for the Lady Bobcats.

Hendon once again pitched well for Berryville but was again the hard-luck loser.

Hendon struck out four and allowed only four Huntsville hits.

According to Meza, the team hasn't lost its fighting spirit.

"We just need to focus a little more, and keep our heads up," she said. "I am sure we are going to start winning soon." 

The Lady Bobcats hope to pick up their first win in the next few days.

They were scheduled to host Greenland on Thursday and Yellville on Friday before taking a week off for spring break next week.

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