Bobcats' offense able to top Tigers pitching
BERRYVILLE -- The Bobcats clawed their way back and defeated the Valley Springs Tigers, 9-8, on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats have obstacles like any other team, however, head coach Matt Sayer likes what he saw from his club in the 9-8 win.
Austin Lehr delivered the game-winning hit in the seventh, scoring Tyler Coatney.
"That was a big win for us," Sayer said. "We really needed a win like that."
While the defense was suspect at times, it was the timely offense and pitching that stepped up and helped the Bobcats to the win column.
"Yeah, the defense did make a couple errors, but I think it's getting better," Sayer said.
One obstacle in particular that the Bobcats have faced are the late arrivals of the basketball players.
"It's tough on them, coming in cold turkey, but they aren't far behind," Sayer added.
With the score knotted up at one in the second inning, it was the Tigers that jumped out again, as they tallied two more in the third.
Daulton Lynn gave the Cats what they needed, going four innings, giving up two hits, one earned run, striking out eight and only walking two batters.
"He just went out there and threw a lot of strikes," Sayer said of his senior hurler. "One thing I noticed though is he needs to throw less and be more accurate, but that will come in time."
Sayer added that while the team lacks a certain level of experience, he is pleased with the team's performance.
"It was a total team effort," he added. "If we can play like that and improve like that, then we'll be fine."
Also pitching were junior Donnie Hoppe, who hurled one inning, and senior Aaron Newberry, who added another two innings.
Newberry is new to pitching, according to Sayer, and the senior earned his first high school win, as he struck out three batters.
"He's just a strike-throwing machine," Sayer said.
Sayer added that the scouting really just came from the experience from playing the Tigers in 2011.
"We played them last year and they have the same coach." he said. "We know their guys. They have very good athletes over there."
Sayer added that the 2012 team is much different from last year's team, which went 12-11.
"If we come out and do our job then we'll win games," he said. "We have to be able to find the zone and not pop the ball up."
Offensive statistics: Ben Harris --1B; Justus Summers -- 1B; Donnie Hoppe -- 1B, 3B; Ben Hale -- 2 RBIs.