Lady Bobcats starting season with momentum
The Berryville Lady Bobcats remained unbeaten this week by defeating the Harrison Lady Goblins on Monday and taking down the Yellville-Summit Lady Panthers on Tuesday.
Berryville 9, Harrison 2
The Lady Bobcats got out to a good start in Monday's home game with Harrison. After not allowing a base runner in the top of the first, LoraGrace Hill scored on a single to center from Lexy Woods and Woods went on to score on a passed ball to give Berryville an early 2-0 lead.
The Lady Goblins scored a run in the top of the second, but Taylor Kelley scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the third and Anna Caroline Stone scored on a single by Hayley Rivett. Rivett drove in Stone again in the fifth inning, making it 5-1.
Berryville coach Josh Hatfield was impressed with the way his team played against such a quality opponent in Harrison.
"They just got some kids back from basketball, so if we see them down the road, I'm sure that they will be a little better," Hatfield said. "We played pretty well and took advantage of the mistakes they made and were able to come out on top, though."
A single from Sonny Tibbets scored Maleah Bryant and Kelley's ground ball to third base scored Eve Linz and Tibbets. Kelley also scored on a passed ball to give Berryville a 9-1 lead entering the top of the seventh.
"Everybody that has been there has found a way to contribute to the team so far," Hatfield said. "There aren't many weak spots and everybody is doing their part. That is what has been big for us winning so far."
Kelley pitched a complete game, striking out five and allowing only six hits. Bryant, Rivett and Kelley each had two hits.
Berryville 11, Yellville-Summit 1
The Berryville Lady Bobcats got an easy 10-run victory at Yellville-Summit on Tuesday.
"It was crazy conditions that I'm sure everyone across the state had to deal with the wind the way it was," Hatfield said. "I was kind of concerned going into it, not knowing how it was going to affect things. But Taylor pitched for us. She went all six innings. Gave up two hits and only allowed the one run."
After failing to get a runner in scoring position in the top of the first, Berryville scored two runs in the second inning. Bryant's single to right scored Rivett and Linz scored on a Yellville-Summit error. Hill's double in the top of the third scored Kelley, giving Berryville a 3-0 lead.
The winds were gusting upwards of 40 mph on Tuesday and Hatfield said playing in those conditions early in the season can be beneficial later.
"With a game like that, it's about whoever is the toughest team and who wants it more," Hatfield said. "It was kind of a slow starting game and then we scored four runs in back-to-back innings. It was nice to stay with it, get a break and take advantage of it."
Stone's single in the top of the fifth scored Hill, and Rivett hit a three-run home run, scoring Stone and Woods. Berryville added four more runs in the sixth inning. Rylea Wright, Stone, Woods and Hill all scored to make it 11-0. Rivett finished the game with four RBIs and three hits, while Hill had two RBIs and two hits.
Berryville hosted Bergman on Thursday and will play in the Clarksville tournament this weekend. Berryville will open up with Alma on Friday, but the field also includes the likes of Pottsville, Har-Ber and Rosebud
"We will play some teams from the River Valley and teams that we would face in the regional," Hatfield said. "It's good to see some good quality teams and see how we stack up against them."