Tournament Test: Bobcats face talented Goblins in 1st round

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Berryville senior first baseman Ethan Gregory waits on a pickoff throw in a game against Lincoln on April 15.
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By Scott Loftis

The Berryville Bobcats’ season is on the line Tuesday night in the first round of the 4A-1 district baseball tournament.

To keep its season alive — and clinch a spot in the Class 4A North Regional tournament, seventh-seeded Berryville will have to get past the Harrison Goblins — the No. 2 seed in the tournament and a 12-0 winner in the teams’ only previous meeting, on March 26.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Harrison.

“We’ve got a tough draw,” Berryville coach David Broseus said. “We’ve just got to play really fundamentally sound. We know they’re going to hit the ball. We have to try to make the routine plays, and try to minimize our mistakes, try not to walk too many.”

The March 26 loss to Harrison was the first of four consecutive games in which Berryville failed to score. The Bobcats have scored at least 10 runs in four of their eight games since then.

“When we played them before, we were just coming off spring break, and we were struggling to score runs,” Broseus said. “It seems like we’ve been able to put some runs up lately.”

More than anything, Broseus said Berryville (9-8, 2-6 4A-1) can’t make things easy for Harrison (15-6, 7-1).

“We can’t give them anything, and we did last time,” he said. “We’re hoping to change that aspect of the game.”

In its final regular-season game, Berryville fell behind early and lost to visiting Pea Ridge 13-4 last Friday.

Pea Ridge scored two runs in the first and five more in the third for a 7-1 lead before Berryville scored three runs in the bottom of the third. The Blackhawks put the game out of reach with five runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Junior Kyle Kennett and senior Braden Logan each had two of Berryville’s seven hits. Braden Logan, junior Austin Woods and senior Kooper Logan had runs batted in for the Bobcats, and sophomore Jarrett Stringer scored twice.

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