Berryville edges Green Forest in one-run game
BERRYVILLE-- After inclement weather postponed the Carroll County baseball tournament for two weeks, Lead Hill, Green Forest and Berryville were finally able to play Saturday afternoon at the A.L. Carter Baseball Fields in Berryville.
Green Forest 9, Lead Hill 5
With no outs and the bases loaded for Lead Hill, Green Forest led 7-5 and pitcher Riley Walker was looking to get out of a mess. Walker forced Tommy Sindland to fly out to center field for the first out. He then forced another fly out to center by Ozzie Sindland before picking off the runner on second base to end the inning.
Things didn't start well for Walker, as he allowed four runs in the first inning. Green Forest answered in the bottom of the inning as Gavin Nelson scored off a Hastin Writer double to right field. After a David Nelson groundout allowed Writer to advance to third, a Walker single drove Writer to make it 4-2.
Things began to shift Green Forest's way in the bottom of the fourth. A Cory Bryant sacrifice bunt allowed Reece Carlton and Baylor Deislinger to advance to second and third with one out. After Caleb Lucas walked to load the bases, Gavin Nelson grounded the ball back to the pitcher, who threw home to get Carlton. With the bases still loaded, Writer walked to score Deislinger before David Nelson doubled to left field scored Lucas and Gavin Nelson. A Walker single scored Writer and David Nelson to make it 7-4 going into the top of the fifth.
Lead Hill scored once in the fifth to cut the Tigers' lead to 7-5, but Green Forest answered in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, David Nelson doubled down the third-base line, allowing Lucas and Bryant to score. That made it 9-5.
Berryville 17, Lead Hill 1: The Bobcats outhit the Tigers 18-3 in a game that was never close. Robby Broseus pitched all five innings for the Bobcats, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out four. Jacob Albert had a double and three RBIs. Seth Helmlinger had two extra-base hits and drove in two runs. Kendall Bryant and Broseus also had two RBIs apiece.
Berryville 9, Green Forest 8: Green Forest and Berryville were tied at 8 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, and with one out Berryville's Thomas Trowbridge singled to left field. Berryville's Garret Mitchusson then hit a ground ball back to the pitcher, allowing Trowbridge to get in scoring position. After a Robby Broseus walk, the bases were loaded. Trowbridge then started toward home, prompting a balk that forced the winning run home for the Bobcats.
The Tigers got out to a fast start. David Nelson doubled to left field in the top of the first inning, scoring Caleb Lucas and Gavin Nelson. After Riley Walker drew a base on balls two batters later, there were runners on first and second. Carlton singled to right field, scoring Hastin Writer for a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the first.
Writer started the bottom of the first by walking Thomas Trowbridge and allowing a Mitchusson double, which scored Trowbridge. After a Broseus walk, Seth Helmlinger singled to score Mitchusson and cut Green Forest's lead to 3-2.
Three consecutive singles to start the bottom of the second drew Berryville to a 3-3 tie and two batters later a Broseus groundout to second scored Trowbridge for a 4-3 lead. Green Forest struck back in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded, Writer singled to second base, scoring Reece Carlton and Cory Bryant for a 5-4 lead.
Berryville got some separation from Green Forest in the bottom of the fourth.Trowbridge scored on a throwing error with the bases loaded and the next batter, Helmlinger, singled to score Mitchusson. With two outs and the bases still loaded, Tate Ferguson singled to score Helmlinger. A Keaton Loftgren single moved Ferguson to third, and he stole home one batter later to put Berryville ahead 8-5.
Berryville didn't hang onto that lead for long, as Lucas hit an RBI single with the bases loaded, scoring Dakota Grigg. A Gavin Nelson walk scored Tristian Snyder, and Writer singled to score Bryant and tie the score at 8-8 going into the bottom of the fifth.