BV wins state softball title

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Berryville 16 and under softball team poses for a photo after winning the 2017 Babe Ruth State Championship.
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The Berryville 16 and under softball team cruised to its second consecutive Babe Ruth State Championship, defeating the Harrison Infernos. Berryville softball coach Josh Hatfield said it was important for his girls to continue playing together as a team over the summer break.

"It's good to continue to play and improve," Hatfield said. "Some of the younger girls played. A lot of the eighth-graders are moving up to ninth grade and that will help them be more familiar with the team and seeing where they will fit in next year."

Hatfield hopes this extra play during the summer will give the Lady Bobcats confidence heading into next season.

"They continued to win and hopefully we can build on that," Hatfield said. "I know that sometimes in the past, the younger teams hadn't won as much, but now playing against girls you will see in high school and learning to play as a team will help us moving forward."

Hatfield knows it's important for the girls to stay engaged in the sport between now and when softball starts in the spring.

"With work and different things going on, the girls tend to fizzle out, but we have to maintain a good group that is interested and works hard and is ready to go next year," Hatfield said. "That's the main thing, just keep them working and keep them interested."

For the season, Rachel Evans had 10 runs, while Hayley Rivett had nine runs and two doubles. Taylor Kelley had seven runs, while Rylea Wright and Sunny Tibbetts each had five. Maleah Bryant, Faith Kelley, Devin Stacey, Kelsey Smith, Faith Kelley, Georgia Belle Patterson, LoraGrace Hill, Lexi Woods, Aimee Timmons and Chole Swofford all contributed.

Berryville finished the year 8-2.

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