Berryville baseball earns big victory

Friday, April 8, 2011
Whether it's on the mound, at the plate or at shortstop, senior Eric Holman has shined for the Berryville baseball team this season. As a pitcher, Holman leads the Bobcats with six wins. Holman also leads Berryville with a .477 batting average. David Healy / CCN

There were a number of heroes for the Berryville baseball team Tuesday in the Bobcats' 12-9 home victory over Farmington.

Daulton Lynn hit his second home run of the year. Senior Eric Holman pitched a complete game to move his record to 6-1. Holman also went 3 for 5 at the plate with a double and a triple. Ryan Nance had three hits and drove home four runs as well.

But it was the night that sophomore Donnie Hoppe had that made his teammates and coaches most proud.

Hoppe played shortstop for Berryville on Tuesday and started the game by making a couple of errors.

Hoppe, however, never put his head down and by the end of the game made a number of spectacular plays look routine.

Hoppe did his job offensively too by scoring three runs.

"I'm so proud of him," Berryville coach Matt Sayer said.

"Like the whole team, he is learning to be resilient."

Hoppe's night symbolizes the entire team.

After starting the season by winning eight of their first 10 games, the Bobcats had lost three straight games coming into their matchup against Farmington, one of the top Class 4A teams in the state.

Berryville got off to a slow start and trailed by six runs after the top of the third inning. But the Bobcats never gave up and scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings. Berryville then continued its offensive onslaught by scoring five runs in the fifth inning to take a 12-8 lead.

The win pushed Berryville's record to 9-5 overall and more importantly it earned them their second conference win.

"This is the first time we have won two conference games in quite a while," Sayer said.

With his second homer of the season, Lynn is now tied with Dalton Sattler in the team lead for home runs.

Sayer calling the victory a total team effort wasn't just coach speak.

The stats prove his point. Just about every member of the Bobcats had a key hit in the win.

Sophomore Anthony Noftsger got a hit and scored a run. Sattler drove home four runs with a double.

The Bobcats were next scheduled to play Thursday night at home against Prairie View.

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