Gaining momentum: Lady Bobcats pile up runs in victories over Omaha, Harrison
By Scott Loftis
It’s still relatively early in the high school softball season, but the Berryville Lady Bobcats are picking up steam.
The Lady Bobcats picked up a pair of victories early this week, beating Omaha 17-2 in three innings at home on Monday before recording a 12-2 conference victory Tuesday at Harrison.
Berryville coach Josh Hatfield said all of the Lady Bobcats have been contributing offensively.
“We’re getting a lot of timely hitting,” he said. “Pretty much up and down the lineup.”
Senior Hayley Rivett, who signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas next season, continues to provide plenty of power for Berryville. Rivett hit a two-run home run in the victory over Omaha and had two hits against Harrison. For the season, Rivett is hitting .429 with team highs of four home runs and 13 RBI.
But Rivett isn’t the only Berryville player with home-run power. Sophomore Lora Grace Hill, who leads the team with a .531 batting average and 13 runs scored, connected for a two-run shot in the win over Harrison. Senior Maleah Bryant was credited with an inside-the-park home run against Omaha and drove in three runs in each game for the Lady Bobcats.
Senior pitcher Taylor Kelley recorded a five-inning complete game in the victory over Harrison, allowing two runs — both unearned — on one hit and one walk while striking out seven.
Against Harrison, the Lady Bobcats scored eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to break open a close game.
Junior Eve Linz hit a two-run triple with one out to give Berryville a 6-2 lead. Junior Kate Powell followed with an RBI single. After a fielder’s choice for the second out, Hill homered to center field to make it 9-2. Two batters later, Rivett hit an RBI single to left. After a single by junior Anna Caroline Stone, both runners advanced one base on a Harrison error, then came home on a single by sophomore Lexi Woods to finish the scoring.
Berryville (6-4, 2-0 4A-1) hosted Huntsville on Thursday. The Lady Bobcats will play in the Ozark Softball Classic at Harrison over the weekend before traveling to Gravette for a crucial conference game on Monday, April 1.
“Gravette has always been a tough game for us,” Hatfield said. “Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going.”