Berryville excited for softball season

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Eight of the nine starters for the Berryville softball team have been practicing since January and the Lady Bobcats are excited to take the field next week.

"A lot of these girls have been practicing since January, so we are just excited to get out there and see what we are going to look like," Berryville coach Josh Hatfield said. "Things have gone well so far, so we are looking forward to it."

Taylor Kelley returns as a starting pitcher for the Lady Bobcats, but there are plenty of other returners who will lead the way, including Hayley Rivett, Maleah Bryant, Anna Caroline Stone, Eve Linz, Kate Powell and Aspen Smith. Hatfield also expects Lora Grace Hill and Lexi Woods to contribute as freshmen.

"This is a good mixture of power and speed," Hatfield said. "One of the best since I have been here. I am looking forward to that. We should be able to produce a lot of runs, hopefully. The girls have been working hard defensively, so hopefully we can play behind Taylor and keep the runs down on that end and just go from there."

Bringing so much talent back from a year ago, Hatfield hopes the team is able to make tremendous strides and make a run at the Class 4A state tournament.

"Hopefully the whole year of them playing last year will make them more mature and give them a better understanding of what it takes to win a game," Hatfield said. "And then the girls are working real hard and seem real hungry. I think they want to go out and try to improve on what we have been building on."

The weather has played havoc for everyone so far this year, but the softball team has struggled to get much time outdoors.

"We try to get out there as much as we can," Hatfield said. "I know it's cold and they might not like it, but we get out there as much as we can. With the rain we have to monitor things and adjust. Use the field house when it's available and make space wherever."

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