Baseball Bobcats start season with victory
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats opened their 2019 baseball season with an 11-5 victory over Clinton on Friday on the Bobcats’ new home field at the Berryville High School Sports Complex.
Berryville scored nine runs in the third inning and junior pitcher Tyler Payne struck out nine batters in 4 1/3 innings to earn the victory.
Seniors Grant Lee and Ethan Gregory, junior Austin Woods and sophomore Jarrett Stringer each drove in two runs for the Bobcats. Sophomore Tanner Rosales had two hits and scored three runs. Seniors Kooper Logan and Braden Logan also drove in one run each for Berryville.
“I was really happy with our performance,” Berryville coach David Broseus said. “We’re kind of getting a late start on the season. A lot of other teams have already played three or four games.”
A scheduled game was canceled on Tuesday because of the cold weather, and the Bobcats’ game with Huntsville on Thursday has been postponed to give fans an opportunity to attend the Class 4A girls state championship basketball game between Berryville and Batesville in Hot Springs.
Broseus said the Bobcats have added a game to their schedule, hosting Elkins at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The Bobcats also will host the annual Carroll County Tournament starting Friday. The five-team, double-elimination tournament will also include Green Forest, Lead Hill, Pea Ridge and Valley Springs.
Berryville went 12-11 last season and Broseus is optimistic about his team’s prospects this spring.
The Bobcats’ roster includes seven seniors and several underclassmen have experience at the varsity level, as well.
“I feel like seven or eight of our nine are coming back with a lot of high school baseball under their belts,” Broseus said.
All of the Bobcats will get an opportunity to pitch, Broseus said, but Payne may be the ace.
“I’m looking to get a lot of innings from him this year,” Broseus said.
Kooper Logan pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in the victory over Clinton, striking out six without allowing a baserunner.
“Kooper came in and did a great job,” Broseus said.