Second inning costs Lady Tigers

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Green Forest's Rachel Evans fields a ground ball as Berryville's Maleah Bryant flies across second base.
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For whatever reason, the second inning has been a major problem for the Green Forest Lady Tigers. That was the case once again, as they gave up seven runs in a 15-5 home loss against Yellville-Summit on Thursday.

"The second inning is our nemesis," Green Forest coach Ryan Whetham said. "We can't seem to get out of it. If we can take away that second inning, we have a ballgame."

Green Forest had four errors in the second inning and finished with five for the game. Had the Lady Tigers not committed those errors, the score would have been 9-5.

"Some of those nine might not even score because we can get out of it," Whetham said. "A couple times we let a runner on and we commit an error. And those two baserunners end up scoring eventually. It wasn't our best game. We hit it OK, we just hit it right at them."

Rachel Evans, Sloane Coffey, Emily Becker and Ashley Farrar each had two hits, while Josie Walker, Cheyann Eagleson and Trinity McMahan each had one.

"We put the ball in play, we just couldn't get runs across," Whetham said.

Yellville-Summit 6, Green Forest 1

The Lady Tigers lost the second game of Thursday's doubleheader, but Whetham was proud of the effort his team showed.

"Kiara Taylor pitched probably the best game she has pitched all year," Whetham said. "She went a full seven innings, which was the most innings pitched all year. Her Achilles tendon all year has been walks ad she only gave up four in the second game. That was a much-needed confidence booster for her."

In the top of the fourth with two outs and the game tied at one, the Lady Tigers committed an error, which helped the Lady Panthers score four more runs and take a 5-1 lead.

"After the first couple innings, I thought we might be able to pull that one out, but that one mistake leads to a big inning," Whetham said. "Hopefully we learn from it."

On Tuesday, Green Forest travels to Berryville. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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