Lady Bobcats get off to 1-3 start
By Scott Loftis
No one can accuse the Berryville Lady Bobcats of playing a soft schedule.
Berryville opened the season with four games against Class 5A and 6A competition, starting with a 16-8 victory over Class 6A Springdale on Thursday.
Berryville lost to Class 6A Rogers 13-1 Friday night, then dropped a pair of games on Saturday: 15-6 against Class 5A Mountain Home and 17-6 against 6A Springdale Har-Ber.
“I kind of loaded up the front end of the schedule,” said first-year Berryville coach Ryan Whetham, formerly head coach at Green Forest. “I told the girls, if you want to beat the Farmingtons, the Pea Ridges and the Gravettes of the world, you’re going to have to play teams that are equal or better than they are. I told them, I don’t care if we start 0-4 or 4-0. This is going to help us in the long run, when we get to those teams that we know we need to beat and can beat and have to beat.”
In the opener against Springdale, Berryville trailed 8-6 after four innings but scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and seven more in the sixth to earn the victory.
Sophomore Faith Kelley and junior Lexi Woods each had four hits and drove in four runs to lead a 17-hit attack by the Lady Bobcats. Sophomore Emily Blodgett drove in three runs and scored three and junior Karlea Standlee had three hits and scored twice.
Kelley pitched a complete game, striking out five batters.
Against Rogers, Berryville trailed 5-1 after five innings, but Rogers erupted for eight runs in the top of the sixth — including two of its four home runs in the game.
Berryville faced Mountain Home at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the Lady Bombers took control early with six runs in the first and five more in the second.
In Saturday’s second game, against Springdale Har-Ber, Berryville led 5-2 going into the bottom of the second inning, but six errors by the Lady Bobcats helped Har-Ber put together a 10-run inning.
“In baseball or softball, if you make six errors in a game, you’re probably not going to win,” Whetham said. “Much less in an inning.”
Berryville is scheduled to play at Elkins on Tuesday and at Fayetteville on Thursday.