Lady Tigers looking for consistency

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Green Forest Lady Tiger softball team was finally able to get back on the field last Thursday. The Lady Tigers walked away with a 15-8 road victory over Bergman on Thursday and lost a home game to Yellville-Summit on Friday, 13-5.

Green Forest 15, Bergman 8

Two innings made all the difference for Green Forest in the seven-run victory. The Lady Tigers scored four runs in the top of the second and added eight more in the top of the fifth.

"It wasn't a pretty win, but it's a win," Green Forest coach Ryan Whetham said. "It's kind of what I expected to happen coming off of not being able to play since March 15."

Bergman had a 4-2 lead after the first inning, but the Lady Tigers fought back and had a 6-5 lead going into the third inning. Ultimately, Bergman took a 7-6 lead into the top of the fifth before the Lady Tigers exploded to score eight runs.

"We had more strikeouts at the plate against Bergman than we have had all year," Whetham said. "I didn't expect that. I expected us to strike out a few times just because we haven't seen live pitching since March 15, but we were way behind. We couldn't get focused enough, but we came out and played well that inning for sure."

Rachael Evans was 3 for 5 on the day, while Ashley Farrar was 2 for 2 and Kiara Taylor was 2 for 5.

Yellville-Summit 13, Green Forest 5

The Green Forest Lady Tigers gave up eight runs in the top of the first inning and never could recover in Friday's home loss to Yellville-Summit.

"It was a struggle from the get-go," Whetham said. "And I will take the blame because I told them that we probably weren't going to be able to play due to the fact that there was a 100 percent chance of rain all day. I'm sure their minds weren't on the game. When it didn't rain, they realized they had to play. We came out and we just weren't ready. We had the second out on batter number four. We finally got that third out after they batted back around to her."

Whetham said taking away that first inning, the Lady Tigers played pretty well.

"Gracie Youngblood only faced three batters in the second inning," Whetham said. "In the third inning, she faced five batters. In the fourth inning, she faced four batters. In the fifth inning, four batters, six batters and seventh inning four batters. In the first inning, her pitch count was 48 and she probably didn't have that in the next five innings."

Trinity McMahan and Kendall DeMeyer went 2 for 3 against Yellville-Summit, while Evans was 2 for 4.

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