King of the Hill
BERRYVILLE -- Emma Hill started the week with a no-hitter in a 12-0 blanking of cross-county rival Green Forest on Tuesday and finished by staving off a pesky West Fork team in a 6-4 win Thursday as the Lady Bobcats improved to 4-1.
Hill fanned 11 and walked five in the five-inning mercy-rule win over the Lady Tigers. She followed that performance up with a complete-game victory over West Fork, striking out 14 and issuing five free passes.
"We made two or three real good catches that closed innings out," Berryville coach Eric Henderson said. "And Emma pitched good again. We are still giving up walks and little things here and there. We have to fix those issues. But that was another good outing for her."
Hill has worked 27 total innings this year, giving up 13 hits and 19 runs while recording 58 strikeouts and eight earned runs, posting a 2.07 earned run average.
The Cats scored 12 runs on six hits and a pair of walks against Green Forest. But the Lady Tigers had 11 errors in the loss.
The Lady Bobcats were without two starters against West Fork as Hannah Noble and Emily Trowbridge were both with the track team in Harrison, forcing Henderson to shake things up a little. Noble and Trowbridge are the normal No. 2 and 3 hitters for the Lady Cats.
"But the group we put in and moved around actually came through and got some massive key hits," Henderson said. "We had people out of position today and they played big and hit big, especially after having only one day to work on it. That was good."
Ciera Foster had one of those hits, driving in two runs to help Berryville's cause. Callie Harp and Chealsie Warren each scored twice. The Lady Cats managed just four hits but took advantage of eight West Fork miscues.
"We had several key hits today," Henderson said. "To be honest I can't even remember who had them because they were so spread out."
West Fork jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. But the Lady Cats roared back to take a 4-3 in the bottom of the frame when Harp scored on an error, Warren scored on a Mattie Armstrong double and Foster doubled in Armstrong and Allie Teague.
Henderson said the Lady Cats came to life after the four-run first.
"They came through today," Henderson said. "They finally started believing in themselves after the first inning. That's what we have been harping on is believing. They showed they believed today and that was great to see."
Berryville will play in the Farmington Tournament today before taking the week off for Spring Break.