BV, GF get baseball season started

Friday, March 9, 2018
Green Forest's Reiley Gordon attempts to tag out Berryville's Jayce Walker during Saturday's Carroll County baseball tournament.
Tavi Ellis / Carroll County News

The Carroll County baseball tournament took place this weekend in Berryville and it was highlighted with a game between the Bobcats and the Tigers on Saturday afternoon. Berryville came away with a 20-5 victory.

"We had a lot of opportunities, once we got on, to feel around and run the bases," Berryville coach David Broseus said. "Those are some aspects we hadn't had a chance to work on yet."

Things started great for Green Forest, as Trey Curbow hit a home run on the second pitch of the season.

"That was a great way for us to start, but we just have to communicate better," Green Forest coach Brandon Stone said. "That was my main takeaway from the weekend is that we have to communicate better on defense."

The Bobcats responded by scoring three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Rusty Colbert scored on an Ethan Gregory double and Gregory scored on an Austin Woods fly ball to right. Woods scored on a fielder's choice. Berryville took a 6-1 lead going into the top of the third inning. Austin Franklin, Woods and Colbert all scored.

As well as the Berryville offense played, Broseus is just as proud of the Bobcats and the pitching rotation.

"The nice thing about this Carroll County tournament, especially with the 2-1 count, is that it gives you an opportunity to play a lot of baseball. It gives you a lot of game reps and gives you a lot of experience without stressing out your pitching. It puts some pressure on you because you have to throw strikes, but I'm really proud of the guys who pitched."

Green Forest scored its final runs of the game in the third inning. Jackson Tibbetts scored on an error, while Dakota Grigg and Dustin Pimentel scored on Hayden Alvard's double to left. Robert Hill scored on a passed ball.

In the top of the third, a fly ball to center from Woods scored Braden Logan and Grant Lee. Woods scored on a bases-loaded walk to make it 9-5. Tanner Rosales, Colbert, Gregory and Chay Myers also scored, making it 13-5 going into the top of the fourth.

Berryville tacked on six runs in the bottom of the fourth and added another in the fifth inning to end the game.

Other tournament results are as follows:

Pea Ridge 5, Berryville 1: Things started out well for the Bobcats on Friday, as Tanner Rosales started the bottom of the first inning with a groundball single. Colbert was walked, so Rosales advanced to second and a Woods single to center scored Rosales. Braden Logan went on to ground out to second base, thus ending the inning.

"We held them to five runs," Broseus said. "Chay made a great catch that saved two runs. It would have been a really easy double. Rosales and Charlie Davis also had really good nights."

Berryville gave up four runs in the top of the second inning. A line drive to center field scored two runs and a single to left added two more. Berryville failed to get in scoring position for the rest of the game and the Blackhawks added another run in the top of the sixth, thus putting the game on ice.

"Pea Ridge pitched extremely well against us," Broseus said. "It looked like we were going to be able to put up a couple early, but their pitching really just shut us down."

Jarrett Stringer threw four innings and had nine strikeouts.

Lead Hill 9, Green Forest 5: The Green Forest Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Friday night against Lead Hill. Curbow hit a ground ball to center, which scored Hayden Bailey. That lead didn't last for Green Forest, however. Lead Hill hit a fly ball to right, scoring one run in the top of the third and a Lead Hill batter was walked to take a 2-1 lead. That lead was extended to 3-1 on a fly ball to left. Lead Hill also scored on three passed balls in the inning. Lead Hill led 8-1 going into the bottom of the fourth.

"We have a lot of work to do communication-wise defensively," Stone said. "That will come as we go. It will take them a while to get used to that, but it will come with time."

A fly ball from Curbow scored Jacob McMahan in the top of the fourth and Reiley Gordon and Grigg scored on a fly ball from Tibbetts. Curbow went on to score on a passed ball.

"We would get behind, but the kids kept playing the whole time," Stone said. "I was proud of that."

Lead Hill added a run in the top of the fifth to make it 9-5, thus ending the game. Stone is proud of the pitching thus far and knows that will have to be a constant early on.

"I was pleased with the way we threw the ball and I think that will have to carry us early because I have my three most experienced guys up on the mound," Stone said.

Berryville 16, Lead Hill 1: The Bobcats made short work of Lead Hill on Saturday, putting an end to this game after five innings of play.

"Our bats finally woke up," Broseus said. "We looked more comfortable at the plate. We looked more comfortable on the basepaths. That was a game we needed."

A double from Woods in the bottom of the first scored Ethan Gregory to give Berryville a 1-0 lead. After tying the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, Berryville took a commanding 10-1 lead in the top of the third inning. A bunt by Myers scored Gregory and Woods. Dominic Henry's walk scored Myers and Logan scored on a passed ball. Woods scored on a wild pitch, while Rosales and Franklin each scored to take a 10-1 lead. A Colbert ground ball to center scored Jace Walker and Henry in the bottom of the fourth and Gregory's double scored Rosales and Franklin. That gave Berryville a 16-1 lead, thus ending the game.

"We are a scrappy bunch," Broseus said. "You look at some ball teams and you see guys that are going to try to get it done. That's what I saw out of our kids. Even in a loss to Pea Ridge, we didn't play our best, but there were moments where we were able to play good, solid, fundamental baseball. Especially defensively."

On Tuesday, Berryville will travel to Marshall. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Pea Ridge 16, Green Forest 2: Green Forest struggled against Pea Ridge early and was never able to recover. The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the second. Green Forest scored its two runs in the bottom of the third. Alex Serna and Bailey each scored.

"It was good for the guys to get in there and see live hitters this year," Stone said. "I was pleased with our efforts overall."

Pea Ridge tacked on 10 runs in the third inning and added another in the fourth. McMahan had a hit, while Robert Hill and Serna each had a run. On Thursday, Green Forest plays at Elkins. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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