Lady Bobcats' run comes to an end

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Berryville senior Aspen Smith swings at the ball in a game earlier this year.
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The Berryville Lady Bobcats were unable to keep the magic alive Friday afternoon, as they suffered a 15-0 loss to Bauxite in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state softball tournament in Nashville.

Maleah Bryant hit a double to center field in the top of the first, but the Lady Bobcats were unable to take advantage. Berryville held the Lady Miners scoreless in the bottom of the first, but Bauxite got on the board in the bottom of the second on a fielder's choice.

Bauxite added four more runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Lady Miners scored one run by stealing home, added another on a double to center and two more on a single to right field.

"The girls can look back and see that we were playing with them for a while," Hatfield said. "It's a hard lesson, but it's a good lesson and that is that you get to see how well you have to play come playoff time against quality teams."

Berryville's Hayley Rivett drew a walk in the top of the fourth and Aspen Smith followed with another walk, but the Lady Bobcats were unable to take advantage as the inning came to a close. Bauxite scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to end the game.

"Any time you give a good team a few extra outs, they are going to take advantage of it," Hatfield said. "They were able to put up a lot of runs there. We played well, but we weren't able to finish it out."

Despite the loss, Hatfield is proud of the way his team performed throughout the season.

"We did good things throughout the year," Hatfield said. "We are still really young and learning as we go. Hopefully the girls see the areas that we need to improve on and what it takes to win at a higher level."

In Berryville's first-round win against Harrisburg, Maleah Bryant had three hits and three RBIs, while LoraGrace Hill had two hits and two RBIs and Kate Powell and Taylor Kelley each had two hits. Berryville finished the year 21-10.

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