County softball teams vie for bragging rights

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Keylen Bell faces down the heart of the Bobcat lineup.

GREEN FOREST -- Cross-county rivalry played out last Thursday as Green Forest's Lady Tigers hosted the Lady Bobcats in varsity and junior varsity softball action.

The varsity game was won decisively by Berryville 14 - 3. But most of the scoring came in the first inning for the Lady 'Cats, who crossed home plate 10 times. About that first inning coach Daniel Cornelison said: "We hit it where they were not able to get to it. It was a really solid first inning and we capitalized on their errors."

Lady Tiger coach Kyle Farrar agrees with that assessment. "After the first inning we settled down and we did pretty well. Scoring was pretty even after that.

Bobcat pitcher Ashleigh McCollough begins her delivery to a Tiger batter.

Keylen Bell and Tory Robinette were the two main Lady Tiger pitchers and coach Farrar said they pitched pretty well after the first inning. Makynna Jorgensen had a couple of good base hits for Green Forest.

Coach Cornelison was happy with the quality of the girls play. But he was especially pleased with the performance of his pitcher Loren Johnson. "She had six strikeouts and no earned runs. She did a great job," he said.

Kaylee Edens also pleased Cornelison. She went 2 for 4, with a home run and a double with two runs batted in.

Peyton Watson makes solid contact with the ball for a single.

The junior varsity game was much closer, but the Lady Bobcats prevailed in that match, too, winning 5--4.

Coach Farrar holds out hope for a brighter softball future for the Lady Tigers. "We've got three seniors and one junior, so we have potential. Our girls just need to figure out high school ball instead of summer ball," Farrar says.

The JV game appeared to have the potential for being a repeat of the first game but the Lady Tigers responded much better.

Lady Bobcat short stop Hannah Noble prepares to throw to first base for an out in the JV Green Forest Berryville game Thursday.

But the game ended when a Lady Tiger abandoned third base, thinking the second out was the third, and was tagged out for the actual third out of the game.

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