Lady Tigers start year with a win
After last Friday's rainout with Melbourne, the Green Forest Lady Tigers officially started their season on Tuesday with an impressive 16-1 home win over the Bergman Lady Panthers. Green Forest scored eight runs in the second inning and added six more in the third inning to end the game.
"We have only spent about two days of seeing the ball move around because we haven't been able to get out on the field," Green Forest coach Ryan Whetham said. "In the second inning we started picking out what the pitcher was doing pretty good and in the third inning, we picked it up pretty good, too. It was pretty good for our first outing. You couldn't ask for much more."
Freshman Gracie Youngblood was the starting pitcher for Green Forest and she pitched three innings. Gracie Youngblood had two strikeouts and only allowed two hits.
"I was really proud of her, being a freshman and pitching that well right off the bat," Whetham said. "I didn't expect anything less because she had been pitching her whole life, though."
Kiara Taylor went 3 for 3 and had two inside the park home runs. Trinity McMahan was 2 for 2, while Rachael Evans was 2 for 4. All but one player in the starting lineup had a hit for the Lady Tigers. Whetham said it was the bottom half of the lineup that performed best for Green Forest.
"If my top three or four girls can get two hits a game than we have a good chance of winning, but it was my bottom half that did the best in terms of hitting," Whetham said. "I'm not concerned about Ashley Farrar, Kendall Demeyer and Rachael Evans. They will start hitting like they are capable of hitting. When they do that, we might be OK in the long haul."
Green Forest will play at Pea Ridge on Thursday. Whetham knows that will be a challenge for his team.
"They are always pretty good, but I just hope to go over there and compete," Whetham said. "Kiara Taylor will probably pitch first. And then we will let Trinity McMahan and Gracie Youngblood fill in if they need to, but hopefully they aren't needed. Pea Ridge is a good quality team that will give us good pitching and good defense. They are going to swing the bat, so we will get some work defensively."
First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.