BV falls short to Ft. Smith
The Berryville Senior Babe Ruth baseball team finished the regular season 4-6 and went to a postseason tournament on June 22 in Fayetteville, where the team suffered a 6-5 loss to Fort Smith. Coach David Broseus is proud of the way his team played, though.
"It was a difficult game for us," Broseus said. "We got behind early, but then we just settled in and started chipping away at the score. We had a chance at the end, we just couldn't finish. I'm really proud of the effort. We came from behind and showed a lot of heart."
With Berryville trailing 6-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Austin Franklin started the inning with a single. Braden Logan drew a walk and Ethan Gregory's single loaded the bases. Charlie Davis followed with a two-run single to center field before Jace Walker's two-run double trimmed the lead to 6-5 before a strikeout ended the game.
"We had an opportunity late not only to tie, but take the lead," Broseus said. "That's kind of our MO. We get behind a little bit early. Buckle down and battle back into the game."
Berryville starter Jarrett Stringer pitched five innings, allowing six runs and striking out four. All six of Fort Smith's runs came in the first two innings.
"We pitched Jarrett Stringer and he hadn't been on the mound in a while," Broseus said. "The thing about summer ball is that you don't get an opportunity to practice and do some of the routine things our pitchers would normally do during the spring season that way when they get out on the mound, they are ready to go early."
Berryville's Brian Hall hit a double to right field in the bottom of the third, which scored Stringer to give Berryville its first run of the game.
"A lot of young guys got a lot of good reps over the summer defensively as well as at the plate," Broseus said. "I know that makes them better moving forward to next year."
Broseus added how important it was for the players to get playing time in game conditions during the summer.
"You can't replicate game reps," Broseus said. "You can't practice them. You can't put yourself in the same situation during practice as you can in a game situation. Seeing live pitching and being able to get up to the plate with runners in scoring position and try to execute what we are trying to do is important. That's what we took away from the summer."
Gregory had three hits, while Trey Curbow, Davis and Walker had two.
Broseus said he would like to thank coach Mike Logan for everything he did over the summer.