Berryville baseball squad hopes to return to winning

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Berryville sophomore Austin Lehr pitches during his team's game against Mount Vernon on Saturday. After winning eight of their first 10 games, the Bobcats hope to end their three-game losing skid soon. David Healy / CCN

Berryville sophomore Austin Lehr couldn't have summed things up more perfectly after his team's 15-1 home loss to Mount Vernon, Mo.

"I think we need another pitcher to step up, and we need to start hitting," Lehr said.

The loss to Mount Vernon was the second loss in as many days for the Bobcats. On Friday, Berryville went on the road to Ozark and fell 13-4 in a conference showdown.

After getting off to a remarkable start by winning eight of their first 10 games, the Bobcats have now dropped three straight.

Bobcat first-year coach Matt Sayer said the recent struggles his team is facing comes down to pitching. He said senior Eric Holman is the only pitcher on his staff he can rely on to give a quality outing.

"Right now he is the only guy I can count on every time. The other guys have had some good outings, but they have also struggled at times."

Holman has a 5-0 record this season and an ERA of 0.71.

The Bobcats conference game against Ozark Friday was much more competitive than their game Saturday.

After scoring two runs in the top of the fifth inning, Berryville trailed by just one run against Ozark. But Ozark scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to derail much of the Bobcats' hope.

If there is any silver lining for Berryville in these losses, it's that they have lost to three quality teams, Sayer said.

"We just have to keep our wits about us," the coach said. "When I looked at the schedule I knew this would be a tough patch for us. We shouldn't hang our heads because we lost to three really solid teams. It's just the growing process of trying to rebuild a program."

Berryville's record now stands at 8-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

Freshman Dalton Sattler said the team is going to work even harder to get back on the winning track. The Bobcats were scheduled to host Farmington on Monday.

"I know we can do it, because we have done it before," Sattler said.

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