Baseball: Bobcats have mixed ‘unofficial’ results

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Berryville baseball team played three games last week, but none were “official,” coach David Broseus said.

On Tuesday, March 9, the Bobcats played a seven-inning scrimmage at Pea Ridge — four innings of varsity action and three innings with junior varsity. Berryville’s varsity outscored Pea Ridge 7-4, but Pea Ridge’s junior varsity won 4-0.

The annual Carroll County tournament was played on Wednesday because of rain in the forecast for Friday and Saturday. Berryville, Green Forest and Gentry played a round-robin format.

Berryville’s first game was against Green Forest’s junior varsity. The Bobcats’ William Dean hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the first inning and freshman Ashton Blok was 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored.

Gentry defeated Berryville in the Bobcats’ second game of the day despite four strikeouts apiece by Berryville pitchers Chris Hipps and Tanner Rosales. Hipps, a freshman, also hit a double for the Bobcats, and sophomore Aspen Linz reached base twice.

The Carroll County Tournament uses a unique format, with each batter beginning with a 2-1 count. That makes the games unofficial but allows players to gain experience in game situations.

“It’s good if your pitching is on but can be rough if you’re struggling to stay in the zone consistently,” Broseus said. “That was part of our issue with Gentry we just could not get in a good rhythm pitching wise. And hats off to them. When we got into a bind and had to throw strikes they hit the ball very well.”

Berryville is scheduled to host Huntsville in a non-conference game Tuesday before traveling to Prairie Grove on Thursday and Green Forest on Friday

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