Green Forest preps to host tournament

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Devin Taylor fields a ground ball against Pea Ridge Friday afternoon at Tiger Field. (Trevor Tegley /

GREEN FOREST -- Green Forest opened the baseball season with an 11-0 loss to Pea Ridge on Friday as the Hawks broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with six runs in the frame.

Devin Taylor, Treyton Anderson and Andrew Writer teamed up for mound duties with Taylor absorbing the loss. Taylor went 2.2 innings, surrendered six runs on four hits and struck out two. Anderson came on in relief and allowed a hit and three runs while striking out a pair. Writer fanned two in 1.1 innings and gave up two runs on two hits.

"For about four innings we played pretty well for our first game," Green Forest coach Tony Coffey said. "In the fourth inning we started getting a little lackadaisical. I jumped them a little and they responded and came back and played after that."

Pea Ridge added two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to finish the game in five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

Anderson, Daulton Coffey, Andrew Writer and Clayton Watson collected hits for the Tigers with Anderson and Watson having a double each.

"Daulton's was an infield hit and he legged it out," Coffey said. "Treyton put it between some guys, Andrew's was a solid hit and Clayton hit one to the fence in right-center gap. It was a ball up in the zone and he got to it."

The Tigers struck out five times against two Pea Ridge pitchers. Hunter Sill picked up the win with four innings of work, allowing three hits. Brumley finished the final inning and gave up one hit.

"Five strikeouts is not terrible for first game out of the chute," Coffey said. "I was pleased with that aspect. We didn't knock the cover off the ball. But we put it in play."

Green Forest will play again Thursday at 5 p.m. against Lead Hill in the Carroll County Tournament, an event planned and organized by Coffey.

"I have wanted to do this for a couple of years," Coffey said. "I think it's a good idea to have a tournament early in the season and get some games in. First National Bank of Green Forest stepped up as one of the sponsors and took care of umpires for me. Clay Maxey Ford of Harrison and Eric Jones Insurance here in town are sponsoring t-shirts. No team has to pay money, just provide baseballs. And their kids get t-shirts so it's a good deal for everybody."

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