Lady Cats remain winless in 1-4A after setback to Gravette at home
BERRYVILLE -- Berryville may have failed to record its first conference win of the season Thursday afternoon against Gravette. But even in head coach Eric Henderson's absence, the Lady Cats showed marked improvement over three recent blowout league losses to Lincoln, Prairie Grove and Farmington.
Gravette broke a 1-1 fifth-inning tie with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to slip past the Lady Cats 3-1, now 4-5 overall and winless in four 1-4A Conference games.
Austin Winters, filling in for Henderson, who left for Texas Thursday morning to tend to his father, said the Lady Cats responded well, knowing the Lady Lions beat Prairie Grove.
"We had heard that they played Farmington tough and beat Prairie Grove," he said. "We knew we had to come in and not make mistakes. And we answered. We didn't make many mistakes. We were there the whole game."
Emma Hill limited the Lady Lions to six hits in the complete-game loss, walking two and striking out six. The Lady Cats committed two errors.
"She pitched very well today," Winters said. "She was working the plate and they hit ground balls. She worked out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fifth. That could have given them a few more runs because they were rallying."
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Berryville knotted the score when Chealsie Warren singled and scored on a groundout RBI by Ally Teague. But the Lady Lions responded with a manufactured run on a hit batter and passed ball in the sixth and a hit batter and RBI single in the seventh.
"We fielded the ball better and our hits found a spot," Winters said. "We kept chipping away and getting on base and giving ourselves a chance."
Warren, Emily Trowbridge and Mattie Armstrong collected a hit each for the Lady Cats.
"I thought we hustled today," Winters added. "I think we made the plays today that we haven't in the past few games."