Arctic blast doesn't slow Bobcats' bats in win over Eagles

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

"It was windy, and colder than a witch's heartstrings," Coach Barry Hardin said about the Berryville Bobcats' battle with the Huntsville Eagles last Thursday.

The Bobcats survived the blast of arctic air a little better than the Eagles, and moved their season record to 8-4 with a 3-0 victory. That also kept their 1AAA record perfect at 5-0.

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The cold weather contributed to the errors both teams made, but it didn't slow sophomore pitcher Heath Neal, who had a no-hitter going through five innings.

"Heath had a no-hitter going until the last batter of the fifth inning," Coach Hardin said. "There were two outs, and a runner on second via a walk. They hit one to right field, and the runner tried to go home, but John McCullough gunned him down, with Ricky Dybas making the tag."

Neal went the first five innings and faced 20 batters. He had 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, and only gave up that one hit.

Justin Pittman finished the final two innings, faced 10 batters, had 2 strikeouts, and gave up 1 hit.

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"We came out and hit pretty well," Coach Hardin said. "We got a lot of contact, and were patient at the plate. We had been off a week, due to rain-outs. They walked quite a few of us, plus Huntsville had five errors."

Hits- Justin Pittman- 1/3, double; Ryan Rylee- 1/3; Jerry Donahue- 2/2.

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