Bobcats win game in extra innings

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Berryville Bobcats hadn't played in two weeks, but after scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning, any rust quickly went away. Berryville went on to get an 11-10 home win in nine innings over the Gentry Pioneers.

"Any win you can get in our district is huge and that being a district opponent, I was so pleased that we were able to pull that one out," Berryville coach David Broseus said.

Gentry took a 10-9 lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run home run by Garrett Matthews two-run home run. Berryville tied things at 10-10 in the bottom half of the inning, though, when the Pioneer pitcher balked to score a Bobcat run.

"Gentry is a good baseball team that really hits the ball well," Broseus said. "Once they got through the lineup a couple times, they really started hitting the ball. We helped them out with a couple infield errors and we didn't run the bases particularly well, either, but what I told the boys at the end of the game was you don't have to play perfect to win baseball games. In the end, you just have to have one more run than they do."

Neither team was able to get in scoring position in the eighth inning. After the Bobcats didn't let Gentry get on base in the top of the ninth, Berryville went to work in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Berryville's Ethan Gregory walked and Austin K. Woods was intentionally walked after the Gentry pitcher balked for a second time, advancing Gregory to third. Braden Logan walked to load the bases. After bringing in a new pitcher, Kooper Logan came up to bat.

"Their pitching began to wear down a little bit," Broseus said. "They walked to get the bases loaded and Kooper Logan came in and hit a nice line drive into right field. Their right fielder had trouble with it and we scored the winning run from third."

Gentry scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Bobcats responded by scoring seven of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Chay Myers hit a home run to start the inning and Rusty Colbert scored on a sacrifice fly. Braden Logan also hit a home run, which scored Austin W. Woods. A Myers line drive to left field scored Kooper Logan, Jarrett Stringer and Austin Franklin to give Berryville a 7-2 lead.

"We were two weeks to the day from being on the field at all," Broseus said. "We hadn't been on a baseball field at all for two weeks and so for us to come out and hit the ball in that first inning as well as we did, I was very pleased to see that."

An Austin K. Woods home run extended the Berryville lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the second, but the Pioneers scored six runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 8-8. Austin K. Woods scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth, but Gentry hit the two-run home run in the top of the seventh, taking a 10-9 lead.

"It was exciting," Broseus said. "They are a good baseball team and I was really proud of our kids' effort from start to finish. They were excited about being in such a close game, which was good to see."

Myers had four RBIs and two hits and Braden Logan had two RBIs and two hits. Austin K. Woods scored three runs.

On Monday, Berryville was scheduled to play at Valley Springs. That game has been postponed to Tuesday and will take place at the Harrison Sports Complex, pending weather.

"We are staring up at the sky and seeing what's going to happen," Broseus said. "I feel like we have a good chance to get the game in tomorrow with Valley Springs. Of course they beat us earlier this year. It was also our first game of the year. We weren't hitting the ball, especially early, so I expect us to hit better this time around and I expect us to score a little bit more than we did last time."

On Thursday, Berryville is scheduled to play at Shiloh Christian and on Friday Berryville will host Marshall.

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