Baseball Bobcats win first 2
By Scott Loftis
The Berryville Bobcats opened the 2020 baseball season with a blowout victory Monday, beating Bergman 22-2 at home.
A day later, the Bobcats showed they can win a close game, too, with a 7-5 road win over Yellville-Summit.
“I’m real happy with how we started the season,” Berryville coach David Broseus said. “I’m particularly happy with how some of our younger kids have stepped up and assumed a role so far. The season’s still young and we have a lot of tough games ahead of us, but for the most part I’m really pleased.”
Senior Austin Franklin had two hits and drove in two runs in the five-inning victory over Bergman. Junior Jarrett Stringer also drove in two runs for Berryville, which scored seven runs in the third inning and nine in the fourth.
Three Berryville pitchers — senior Tyler Payne and juniors Tanner Rosales and Jace Walker — held Bergman to two hits while striking out 10 batters. Both Bergman runs, in the second inning, were unearned.
Against Yellville-Summit, Berryville led 7-2 after five innings, then held on after the Panthers rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Rosales had two of the Bobcats’ seven hits, and freshman Aspen Linz drove in three runs. Walker had two RBI for Berryville.
Stringer, sophomore William Dean and Rosales had a combined 14 strikeouts for the Bobcats while walking just two batters.
Berryville left nine runners on base — a number that Broseus said he was not pleased with.
“I would have liked to have seen a little more production,” he said. “I don’t like leaving those guys stranded, at least that many of them. What we’re concentrating on now is sort of timeliness of our hitting. We’d like to string a couple of things together. I’ll make some adjustments to the lineup for (Thursday’s home game against Lead Hill) and see how that works.”
Still, Broseus was happy with the 2-0 start.
“Anytime you can get a win in high school baseball,” he said, “that’s a good day for you.”