State berth on the line for Berryville softball team

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Berryville Lady Bobcats made their first trip to the state softball tournament last season.

For good measure, they picked up a first-round victory and advanced to the state quarterfinals before being eliminated.

The Lady Bobcats will try to clinch a return trip to state Thursday in the first round of the 4A North Regional Tournament at Farmington. To do it, they’ll have to pull off an upset.

Berryville enters the regional as the No. 4 seed from the 4A-1 after dropping its last two games at last week’s district tournament.

After a 9-2 first-round victory over Gentry to earn the regional bid, Berryville lost to Farmington 14-0 in the district semifinals on Thursday, then fell to Pea Ridge 5-3 in the third-place game Friday.

As a result, the Lady Bobcats (13-12) will face Morrilton (21-4) in the first round of the regional.

The Lady Devil Dogs won the 4A-4 regular season title with an 11-1 league record, then won the district tournament as well.

In the loss to Farmington, Berryville fell behind 7-0 after two innings. The Lady Bobcats had just four singles in the five-inning game while committing five errors.

The Pea Ridge game was much more competitive. The Lady Blackhawks sored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 5-1 lead, then held on as Berryville had single runs in the sixth and seventh.

Sophomores Lora Grace Hill and Lexi Woods each had two of Berryville’s eight hits and Hill scored two runs.

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