Bobcats get big victory over Pea Ridge on Tuesday
The Berryville Bobcat baseball team has been in search of a breakthrough win for quite some time. They might have gotten that win on Wednesday evening after defeating Pea Ridge, the defending conference champions, 7-6.
"Coming in a couple of years ago, this team hadn't won a conference game in several years," Berryville coach David Broseus said. "To keep showing up, going to work, getting a little better every day, I think our kids feel like when they get on the field they have a shot against anyone."
Berryville trailed 6-4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Charlie Davis started the inning with a single to short for the Bobcats. Jesse Poteet was hit by a pitch, advancing Tyler Payne, Davis' courtesy runner, to second. Austin Franklin and Braden Logan each struck out swinging, but a Robby Broseus triple to center scored Payne and Poteet. An Austin Woods double scored Broseus, giving the Bobcats a 7-6 lead.
"Last night, we finally had timely hitting," Broseus said. "We hit the ball in the outfield, found some gaps with baserunners."
Pea Ridge singled to start the top of the seventh, but Broseus didn't allow another baserunner.
The Blackhawks got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and a double to center extended that lead to 3-0 going into the third inning. This is when Berryville's bats began to come to life. Poteet singled to start the bottom of the third. Franklin was walked and a Chris Timmons bunt scored Poteet. A Broseus ground out to third scored Franklin. Austin Woods drew a walk and a Davis Stone line drive to right scored Woods. Kooper Logan's line drive to center scored Stone, giving the Bobcats a 4-3 lead going into the fourth inning.
"We were able to play a little small ball on them," Broseus said. "Get some bunts down, get some baserunners on."
Pea Ridge scored two runs in the top of the fourth and another in the fifth before the Bobcats made the late comeback.
Broseus finished with three RBIs and a hit. Kooper Logan, Woods and Stone each had an RBI.
Berryville 13, Marshall 3
The Berryville Bobcats came out swinging in Tuesday's home win and they were connecting, scoring 12 runs in the first two innings.
"We hit the ball really well," Broseus said. "That was encouraging to get off to a fast start, especially those first two innings."
A Chay Myers fly ball to center got the scoring started, as Thomas Trowbridge came across home plate. A fly ball from Broseus scored Myers and a Woods single to right scored Broseus, giving the Bobcats a 3-0 lead. Stone's ground ball scored Woods and Kooper Logan's sacrifice fly scored Stone. Braden Logan scored later in the inning to give Berryville a 6-0 lead. Broseus is glad he has so many options to work with offensively.
"When you look over on the bench and see some guys that didn't quite make it into the starting lineup defensively, but know they can help you out offensively, that gives a coach a lot more flexibility and personnel," Broseus said.
Berryville gave up a run in the top of the second, but continued its charge in the bottom half of the inning.
Trowbridge tripled to center to start things off and a Broseus line drive to left scored Trowbridge. A Woods double scored Broseus, giving Berryville an 8-1 lead. A Stone fly ball to center scored Woods and a two-run home run by Kooper Logan scored Stone. Ethan Gregory tripled and Timmons' bunt scored Gregory to give Berryville a 12-1 lead. A Poteet ground ball to center scored Kooper Logan in the bottom of the sixth, putting the sportsmanship rule into effect.
Woods finished with three hits and two RBIs, while Kooper Logan had two hits and three RBIs. On Thursday, Berryville traveled to Bergman.