BV gets easy 22-4 win over Marshall

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Berryville's Dylan Sperduto swings at a pitch during last weekend's Carroll County tournament.
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The Berryville Bobcats got a convincing 22-4 win on Tuesday at Marshall, which officially marked the beginning of the 2018 regular season. Berryville scored 11 runs in the first inning, but coach David Broseus said the team could have done more.

"We hit the ball fairly well," Broseus said. "We put it in play quite a bit. We just struggled to square it up. We hit a lot of pop flies and a lot of ground balls. Not so many line drive hits. My first takeaway from the game is that we need to get up and square the ball up a little better."

Berryville put the game away early. Rusty Colbert scored on an error and Ethan Gregory scored on a sacrifice fly, making it 2-0. Austin K. Woods and Austin W. Woods each scored in the inning and Austin Franklin scored on an error, giving Berryville a 5-0 lead. Braden Logan, Dominic Henry and Colbert each scored on passed balls, giving Berryville an 8-0 lead. Tanner Rosales scored on a fly ball to center. Gregory scored on a passed ball and Austin K. Woods scored on a double to left, giving Berryville an 11-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first.

As well as Berryville played offensively, the team didn't allow a hit in the first three innings and Broseus is proud of his pitching staff.

"We pitched by committee," Broseus said. "Our goal was to keep our pitch count down and get a few different players in there. Jarrett Stringer pitched three innings and didn't allow a single walk, while striking out eight. He had an outstanding day. Grant Lee pitched an inning. Had no runs allowed and a strikeout. Tyler Payne, Morgan Logan and Austin K. Woods also came in and pitched well. They all did a good job of keeping the ball in the zone and keeping their pitch count down, while maintaining their effectiveness."

Berryville added three more runs in the top of the second. Braden Logan scored on a passed ball and Colbert stole home. Rosales scored on a single to give Berryville a 14-0 lead. Colbert, Gregory and Kooper Logan all scored in the top of the fourth to take a 17-0 lead.

"They had a pitcher on the mound who was struggling to throw strikes, so we had several guys walk," Broseus said. "But what we did have was some timely hitting. We could get some guys on base. Move some guys around and we tried to stay aggressive on the basepaths. When we did get a solid bat on the ball, good things happened. But we had 14 walks yesterday. Therefore, I was pleased with our kids' patience."

Marshall scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth, but Jayce Walker and Colbert each scored in the top of the fifth inning. Austin K. Woods, Dylan Sperduto and Franklin also scored to end the game. Gregory and Austin K. Woods each had three hits, while Austin W. Woods and Charlie Davis had two.

On Thursday, Berryville will play at Pea Ridge. Broseus hopes Berryville is able to avenge last week's loss in the Carroll County tournament.

"I always enjoy playing Pea Ridge," Broseus said. They are a solid team. They are well-coached and are fundamentally sound. They have talented kids who play the game very well. It is the best pitching we have seen so far this season. We got one from them last year and I know they will be out to get one from us this year. I have a feeling we will see the best from them tomorrow night."

First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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