GF left looking for positives

Friday, March 10, 2017

GREEN FOREST It was a tough night for the Green Forest Tigers, losing 14-2 to Huntsville on Tuesday evening at home.

Huntsville started the scoring in the top of the first, going up 2-0. The Eagles scored both of their runs off doubles.

Green Forest answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Swofford was hit by a pitch and after advancing to second on a wild pitch, David Nelson's double to left scored Swofford. Huntsville tacked on four runs in the top of the second to take a 6-1 lead.

Despite the loss, Green Forest coach Tony Coffey believes there are positives to be taken away from the game.

"I was pleased with the way Trey Curbow pitched for us," Coffey said. "He did what I wanted him to do. He kept them off balance, which was good. We were hitting the ball. It wasn't that we were hitting it all over the field, but we were putting it in play. And then I thought our defense was starting to understand where we were supposed to be in certain situations."

The Eagles led 10-1 going into the bottom of the fourth. Nelson walked to start the inning and Dakota Grigg was hit by a pitch, bringing up Andrew Guzman, who is the one new member of the team. He singled to left, scoring Nelson.

"That was a hit and run," Coffey said. "I didn't give him an option. Since he is new I wanted to take the thinking process out of him and make him swing."

Huntsville led 14-2 at the end of the fifth inning, putting the sportsmanship rule into effect.

Coffey knows in order to win more games, the Tigers will have to get better defensively.

"Yesterday we worked on defense and communication," Coffey said. "My catchphrase for them right now is communication, talking to each other, working with each other and knowing signs. They are coming together."

Jacob McMahan, Luis Lopez, Hayden Alvard, Guzman and Nelson all had hits. On Thursday, the Tigers traveled to Pea Ridge.

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