GF softball heading to regionals
HARRISON -- The Green Forest Lady Tigers have had a flair for the dramatic all year. That continued in Friday night's winner-take-all game against the Flippin Lady Bobcats in Harrison. After trailing 5-0 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Tigers left with a 9-8 victory.
"Every conference win we have, we have had to come from behind just like that," Lady Tigers Coach Ryan Whetham said. "I think in three of the five we have had to come back in the final inning like we did tonight."
Th Lady Tigers trailed 8-7 going into the bottom of the seventh. Kenley Williams started the inning with a single to left. A Tehya Newberry walk put runners on first and second. A Josie Walker double scored Williams and a Madison Owens single scored Newberry for the winning run.
Whetham wasn't pleased with the way the team started, but was glad to see the Lady Tigers respond.
"I think they were a little nervous heading into it," Whetham said. "But starting in the fourth inning, we really started getting the bat on the ball and playing like I know we are capable of playing."
Facing a 5-0 deficit in the bottom of the fourth, a Walker walk scored Cheyanne Eagleson and an Owens double scored Katie Byers and Walker. The Lady Bobcats got two runs back in the top of the fifth off a passed ball. The Lady Tigers trimmed the lead to one in the bottom of the fifth though. A Sloane Coffey single scored Kenley Williams and a Newberry double scored Coffey. A Byers double brought Newberry home. The Lady Tigers kept Flippin off the scoreboard in the top of the sixth, and an Owens double scored Williams for a 7-7 tie entering the seventh.
"We were just extremely resilient tonight, and I couldn't be more proud of the girls," Whetham said.
The Lady Bobcats stole home in the top of the seventh to take an 8-7 lead entering the bottom of the inning.
Valley Springs 12, Green Forest 2
HARRISON -- Same start, different result. After a late-night win against Flippin, the Lady Tigers had to regroup for a noon game against No. 2 seed Valley Springs. The Lady Tigers got behind early and never made a comeback like the night before.
"Our kids were spent," Lady Tiger coach Ryan Whetham said. "You could tell they were worn out. I'm not going to say we would've beaten them on a fresh night, but we would've had a better shot."
Whetham complimented Valley Springs' hitters.
"They hit the ball pretty well, and we just couldn't get ourselves going like we did against Flippin," Whetham said.
The Lady Tigers play at 12:30 p.m. on Friday against Manila in Harrison. With a win, they qualify for the state championship.