Bobcats' fantastic season comes to close
SPRINGDALE -- Berryville senior Ryan Nance summed up things perfectly after his team's season came to an end Friday with a 12-0 defeat to Farmington at the 4A- 1 Conference tournament in Springdale.
"We used to be losers, but now we are winners," Nance said. "It's unreal. I can't believe how far we came. I didn't think we would ever be this good."
Nance is correct. The Bobcats far exceeded their expectations this season. After winning just two games last season, Berryville won 12 games this season to finish with their first winning season in years.
Berryville coach Matt Sayer said he could not have been more proud of the effort given by his team this year. He said a lot of the credit for the turnaround belonged to the six seniors on the team; Jeremy Flowers, Garrett Griffith, Eric Holman, Ryan Nance, James Lynn and Adam Noble.
"Our seniors have left a legacy and they have built a strong foundation for us to build on" Sayer said. "To go from two wins last season to 12 wins this season is a big first step. If someone would have asked me before the season if we could win 12 games, I would have taken it in a heartbeat."
Sayer also gave a lot of credit to assistant coach Matt Summers. He said the team would not have been nearly as good without Summers' help.
In a season full of big highlights, there were few for the Bobcats on Friday.
Farmington pitcher Trey Spencer had too much stuff for the Berryville batters to handle and had a perfect game going until Noble got a base hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. "That's a college athlete right there," Sayer said of the Farmington pitcher. Berryville sophomore Anthony Noftsger came in and pitched three great innings in relief for the Bobcats. Noftsger got the Bobcats out of a big jam in the fourth inning and then didn't allow a single run in the fifth inning.
"Anthony showed that he can pitch at this level on a very big stage," Sayer said.
After the game, the Berryville players met in the outfield and the seniors were given a plaque from their coach. The players then embraced each other.
"I told the younger players that I may not be able to play anymore, but I am going to come back and cheer them on," Nance said.