Rivett swings big bat for Lady Bobcats
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Lady Bobcats feature plenty of dangerous hitters — but probably none more dangerous than senior first baseman Hayley Rivett.
Rivett had another big game for Berryville last Thursday, helping power the Lady Bobcats to a 13-9 conference road victory at Gentry.
Rivett went 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and a total of four runs batted in as the Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 10-0 lead.
Sophomore Lexi Woods and junior Kate Powell each had three hits for Berryville, while senior Maleah Bryant and freshman Faith Kelley added two hits apiece. Bryant and Powell each drove in a pair of runs, and Rivett, Woods, Powell and senior Taylor Kelley each scored twice.
The Lady Bobcats, who finished with 19 hits, broke the game open in the top of the fifth inning.
With Berryville already leading 4-0, Rivett and junior Anna Caroline Stone led off the inning with back-to-back triples. After Woods singled and Taylor Kelley reached on an error to load the bases, Powell followed with a two-run single to center field. Junior Eve Linz was hit by a pitch to load the bases again and Faith Kelley hit an RBI single to center. With one out, Bryant and Rivett each hit RBI singles to push Berryville’s lead to 10-0.
Rivett’s home run came with one out in the third inning and gave the Lady Bobcats a 3-0 advantage.
Gentry rallied with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Berryville added three in the top of the sixth on RBI doubles by Taylor Kelley and Bryant and a groundout by Linz that scored Kelley.
Taylor Kelley pitched a complete game for the Bobcats, allowing 10 hits. She struck out two batters and walked three. All nine of Gentry’s runs were unearned.
Berryville (11-8, 4-2 4A-1) hosted Hollister, Mo., on Monday. The Lady Bobcats will play at Blue Eye, Mo., on Tuesday before returning to conference play on Thursday at home against Pea Ridge.