Berryville looking for consistency

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Berryville's Maleah Bryant hits the ball in Friday's game against Lincoln.
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Things couldn't have gone much better for the Berryville Lady Bobcat softball team in a 19-0 victory at Bergman on Thursday, March 9. Taylor Kelley threw a perfect game for the Lady Bobcats.

Aspen Smith got Berryville off and running in the top of the first, hitting an inside-the-park home run to score Rylea Wright. Kelsey Smith's fly ball to center in the top of the second scored Anna Caroline Stone and an Aspen Smith walk scored Kelsey Smith, giving the Lady Bobcats a 4-0 lead. Hannah Pruente's double to center extended the Lady Bobcat lead, as Wright and Eve Linz scored. Aspen Smith stole home and a Stone fly ball to center scored Pruente. Kate Powell stole home to give Berryville a 9-0 lead entering the third inning.

Aspen Smith's fly ball to center scored Wright and Linz. A Pruente ground ball to right scored Aspen Smith and a Maleah Bryant single brought home Pruente, giving the Lady Bobcats a 13-0 lead. Powell's line-drive single to center scored Hayley Rivett and Kelsey Smith's ground ball to short scored Bryant. Wright's bunt scored Powell to give Berryville a 16-0 lead. Karley Adams' fly ball to right scored Stone. Kelsey Smith stole home and a line drive to center by Aspen Smith scored Adams. Kelley didn't allow a Lady Panther to reach base in the bottom of the third, thus putting the sportsmanship rule into effect.

Pruente finished the game with four hits and three RBIs and Aspen Smith had three hits and six RBIs. Through three innings, Kelley struck out five and didn't allow a base runner.

Lincoln 17, Berryville 1

As well as things went on Thursday for the Lady Bobcats, they went just as poorly in Friday's home loss to Lincoln. The Lady Wolves scored three runs in the top of the first and after Berryville failed to reach base in the bottom of the inning, the Lady Wolves did more damage in the second inning. With two outs, Malorie Pershall hit a grand slam home run, giving Lincoln a 7-0 lead.

The Lady Wolves stole home on two occasions in the third inning and a three run home run helped give Lincoln a 13-0 lead. Pruente hit a double to center in the bottom of the fourth and Stone's single advanced Pruente to third, but the Lady Bobcats were unable to score. With the Lady Bobcats trailing 17-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Wright's line drive to center scored Kelley.

Wright, Pruente, Stone, Rivett, Kelley and Stone each had a hit. On Tuesday, the Lady Bobcats host Huntsville. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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