Big inning helps Bobcats beat Tigers in county rivalry
Sometimes, one big inning is all you really need to win a baseball game.
That was the case for the Berryville Bobcats on Friday in a 16-3 victory over Green Forest at the Berryville Sports Complex.
The Bobcats broke the game open with an 11-run outburst in the fourth inning and held Green Forest to three hits over five innings to earn Carroll County bragging rights — at least until the rematch on April 19.
Berryville had 16 hits, including a pair of doubles from sophomore Tanner Rosales, who drove in three runs.
Junior Austin Franklin had three hits for the Bobcats, while seniors Ethan Gregory, Rusty Colbert and Kooper Logan and junior Kyle Kennett had two hits apiece. Logan and Kennett each drove in two runs.
Berryville used four pitchers — Rosales, sophomore Jarrett Stringer, Franklin and Logan. Logan struck out the final Green Forest batter to end the game after the Tigers had scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Leading 3-0, Berryville took advantage of a pair of Green Forest errors to open the fourth inning. With runners on first and third, Kennett lined a double to left field to score Austin Woods and Franklin. Rosales followed with an RBI double, then scored on a single by Gregory. After Stringer reached on an error, Colbert followed with an RBI single. Isaac Weston, running for Stringer, scored on a groundout by senior Braden Logan. After a strikeout, senior Scotland Lucas scored with Woods at bat. Woods then singled and Franklin followed with a double. Woods scored on a passed ball and Franklin advanced to third on the same pitch before Kennett drew a walk. Rosales then hit a line drive to center for his second double of the inning, scoring Franklin and Kennett for a 13-0 lead. Rosales then came home for the final run of the inning.
Green Forest scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth.
With one out, junior Micah Hutchison was hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a single by freshman Dalton Randolph and scored on a single by freshman Barrett Phillips. After a strikeout, senior Hayden Bailey reached on a wild pitch on a third strike. Bailey advanced to second on an errant throw, which allowed Randolph and Phillips to score.
Logan took over in relief for Berryville and struck out the next batter on five pitches to close out the victory.
The loss was the second in two days for Green Forest, which lost to Flippin 14-4 on Thursday, March 14. Phillips and senior Kameron Klutts each had two hits for the Tigers in that game.
Berryville (5-0) will play at Harrison on March 26. Green Forest (1-2) will be at Mountain View that same day.