Lady Bobcats make most of 1st appearance

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Berryville High School softball team reached the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in school history, but the Lady Bobcats weren’t satisfied with just making an appearance.

The Lady Bobcats defeated the Harrisburg Lady Hornets 8-4 in nine innings in a first-round game Thursday in Nashville, extending their stay into the quarterfinals.

The game was tied at 3-3 going into the ninth inning before the Lady Bobcats scored five runs to secure the victory.

"It was just a very well-played game," Berryville coach Josh Hatfield said. "The girls battled the entire game. I am very proud of their effort and the way they played today."

After defeating Dardanelle in the opening round of the regional tournament last to advance to the state tournament, Berryville was outscored 31-1 in its final two games of the regional tournament.

Hatfield said his team responded the right way Thursday.

"I told them we can play the way we are capable of and we did," Hatfield said. "We came out and put up zeroes. We played like we were capable of playing and it was good seeing them doing that."

Taylor Kelley pitched a nine-inning complete game for Berryville.

"She battled all day," Hatfield said. "The umpire's strike zone was pretty small today, but she continued to battle and put it in there. She never complained at all and she is a gamer. She is going to perform when it's time to perform and give you a chance to win. That's all you can ask for."

On Friday, Berryville will face Bauxite in the quarterfinals.

"They are possibly ranked No. 1 in the state," Hatfield said. "It will take another great effort by us. We will have to come out and play extremely clean on defense. Have good quality at-bats and make the most of our opportunities."

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