Lady Tigers lose, but show progress against Berryville

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The first time Berryville and Green Forest got together for a softball game this season, the Lady Bobcats won, 20-0, in Green Forest.

The Lady Tigers put up much more of a fight Tuesday in Berryville, as the Lady Bobcats won, 3-2.

"We weren't ready to play the first time," Green Forest coach Ryan Whetham said. "This was a moral victory after the 20-0 loss last time. Emma (Hill) will be one of the best pitchers we see all year."

Green Forest's Katie Byers singled to right in the top of the first, but the Lady Tigers were unable to capitalize on it. Berryville's Aspen Smith singled to left in the bottom of the second and advanced to second on a Green Forest error. A fielder's choice moved her to third and Brittany Hubbard's sacrifice fly scored Aspen Smith.

Jeanessa Smith reached base in the bottom of the third on a Green Forest error, as did Hill. That advanced Jeanessa Smith to third and Hannah Pruente followed with an RBI single to right.

"If we don't commit a few of those errors, we might win that game," Whetham said.

A Byers double to center started the inning out well for the Lady Tigers. She scored on a fielder's choice, making it 2-1.

Callie Harp doubled to center to start the bottom of the fifth. A single by Hill scored Harp to give Berryville a 3-1 lead.

Cheyann Eagleson started the top of the sixth with a triple to right for Green Forest. She scored on a fielder's choice, making it 3-2. The Lady Tigers were unable to get anybody on base in the top of the seventh.

For Green Forest, Byers had two hits, while Josie Walker, Cheyenne Zimmerman and Eagleson all had a hit. Payton Youngblood pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits. On Thursday, Green Forest hosted Valley Springs.

Berryville's Ally Teague, Taylor Kelley, Allie Ashford, Aspen Smith, Pruente, Hill and Harp all had hits. Hill pitched three innings, striking out four and allowing two hits. On Thursday, the Lady Bobcats hosted Gentry.

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