Clouds part on Friday so area teams can play ball

Friday, April 6, 2018
Berryville's Emily Gregory swings at a ball in a game earlier this season.
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The Berryville Lady Bobcats were finally able to get back on the field Friday afternoon and they took full advantage by getting a 7-6 home win over the Gentry Lady Pioneers. The Lady Bobcats scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to get the victory.

"It was our first game out from spring break and so we were a little rusty," Berryville coach Josh Hatfield said. "We had a few errors, but we played pretty well overall. Most importantly, they didn't get down when they got behind. They were able to focus and come from behind to win at the end."

Berryville trailed 6-5 going into the bottom of the seventh. Taylor Kelley started the inning with a ground ball single. Kelley stole second and a Lexi Woods line drive double to center scored Kelley. Kate Powell’s line drive to right scored Woods, giving Berryville the victory.

"Being behind like that, that's something you don't know how they are going to react to," Hatfield said. "They were all up to the task, so that was a good sign to see and hopefully we can continue on with that and build on that."

Berryville's LoraGrace Hill gave the Lady Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. She scored on a Gentry error. Berryville added three more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 4-0 lead. Hill's triple to center scored Maleah Bryant and Eve Linz. Hill scored on a sacrifice fly.

Hatfield was hoping it was going to be an easy day for the Lady Bobcats.

"You come out hitting like that and you think it might be an easy day, but one bad inning can really affect a game," Hatfield said. "Luckily, we didn't let that be the deciding factor. It definitely changed the game, but we were able to come back and take control of it at the end."

Berryville's one bad inning came in the top of the fourth when it allowed the Lady Pioneers to score five runs. Berryville committed two errors in the inning. Woods' double in the bottom of the fourth scored Hill, tying the game at 5-5. Gentry took the lead in the top of the sixth on a single to center before the Lady Bobcats made the comeback in the bottom of the seventh.

Woods, Kelley and Hill all had multiple hits. Kate Powell, Rivett and Linz also had a hit in the game.

"That was good to see coming off the break," Hatfield said. "It was nice to see that everyone was able to shake that rust off."

On Monday, Berryville was scheduled to host Marshall, pending weather. The Lady Bobcats also have games scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

"We are going to play Marshall on the youth baseball field because ours is still pretty wet," Hatfield said. "We have another busy week and hopefully the weather cooperates so we can get them in."

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