Bobcats come out swinging as the season begins

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Berryville Bobcats got out to an early lead and never looked back in Thursday's 16-2 road victory at Bergman.

"We jumped on them early," Berryville coach David Broseus said. "We hit the ball pretty well and pitched pretty well, too."

Robby Broseus got Berryville off to a good start, hitting a two-run home run in the first inning. Thomas Trowbridge scored ahead of Broseus. After an RBI double by Davis Stone scored Austin Franklin, Ethan Gregory hit his first career home run with two outs to give Berryville a 5-0 lead.

"I am excited about our start to the regular season," Broseus said. "We have a lot of guys contributing, and as a coach, that is something you want to see."

With one out in the top of the third, Stone was hit by a pitch. Kooper Logan's triple to right scored Stone and Gregory's groundout to the second baseman scored Kooper Logan, giving Berryville a 7-0 lead entering the fourth inning. Braden Logan's sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth scored Jesse Poteet. Broseus hit a solo home run to center field and Stone's double to left scored Jacob Johnson, giving Berryville a 10-0 lead.

Leading 10-0 in the fifth inning, Berryville continued to score. Tyler Payne scored on a passed ball with the bases loaded. A Broseus double to left scored Poteet and Trowbridge. Johnson's line drive to right scored Braden Logan. Broseus scored on a passed ball and Kooper Logan scored on a ground ball from Gregory, giving Berryville a 16-0 lead. Bergman scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but the sportsmanship rule was put into effect as the Bobcats led by 14 runs with two innings to play.

Broseus led the way for Berryville, collecting five RBIs and three hits and Gregory had three RBIs and a hit.

Monday's game at Lincoln was rescheduled for April 21, but Broseus knows this will be a challenging week for the Bobcats.

"We play Huntsville on Tuesday," Broseus said. "They are always really good. And then Green Forest on Thursday, that's always a big game before closing out with Prairie Grove on Friday. The weather could play a role with highs predicted to be in the 40s so it will be interesting to see how the guys respond."

First pitch against Huntsville is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday in Berryville.

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