BV learning from mistakes

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Berryville's Taylor Kelley throws a pitch in a game earlier this season.
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The Berryville Lady Bobcats went 0-3 in last weekend's tournament in Harrison, but coach Josh Hatfield believes there are plenty of positives the team can take away from the experience.

"We had chances to win both games on Saturday so it was a good day for us on Saturday," Hatfield said.

On Friday, the Lady Bobcats played Concord, a 1A school Berryville had played and lost to 5-1 earlier this season. This time, the Lady Pirates defeated Berryville 21-1. Taylor Kelley, Maleah Bryant, Aspen Smith and Kate Powell each had a hit. Powell scored Berryville's lone run of the game. Hatfield had hoped for more going up against the Class 1A runner-up Concord Lady Pirates, but knew that it would be a difficult game.

"We were the only team to score on them during the tournament," Hatfield said. "I know our score looks kind of crazy, but they were really hitting the ball well. They beat Valley Springs 18-0 and turn around and beat Pea Ridge in the final 7-0."

After the difficult game against Concord, Hatfield was glad to see the Lady Bobcats respond and play well against Harding Academy. Berryville had runners on second and third with one out in the seventh inning, trailing 7-6. The Lady Bobcats failed to advance a runner home. Bryant finished the game with four hits, while Hayley Rivett, Anna Caroline Stone, Smith and Kelley all had two.

"We had some errors early on," Hatfield said. "But we battled back and had our chances. We fought and played hard."

Berryville lost to Harding Academy 3-0 last year. The Lady Bobcats were looking forward to the opportunity to play them again this year.

"Neither one of us are quite the same team, but a 7-6 game is fun to play," Hatfield said. "Just a couple breaks either way and it's a different outcome."

Clinton defeated Berryville 6-3. While this was Berryville's third loss in two days, Hatfield saw his team grow throughout the tournament.

"We took a lot more chances to learn," Hatfield said. "There were different opportunities and scenarios for the kids to learn from. With this young of a group it's about going out, learning every day and trying to get better every day. The wins might not be there, but as long as we are improving, I feel like we are doing what we need to be doing."

As the Lady Bobcats shift their focus back to conference play, Hatfield said he knows it's important for his team to play smart.

"We have to eliminate innings where we have multiple errors," Hatfield said. "You can live with one or two, but when you get three or four, that puts you in a bind."

In the game against Clinton, Kelley had two hits and Eve Linz had one. Kelley also pitched a complete game, giving up eight hits and striking out three.

On Tuesday, Berryville travels to Valley Springs. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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