Lady Cats bombed by Farmington

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Whitney Howerton collected one of four hits for Berryville in Monday afternoon's loss to Farmington. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

BERRYVILLE -- Berryville battled the elements and the Lady Cardinals Monday afternoon in a 17-0 blowout loss to Farmington in a 1-4A Conference outing.

The Lady Cats managed four hits in the five-inning, mercy-rule affair. Whitney Howerton, Ciera Foster, Ally Teague and Mattie Armstrong each singled as the top four spots in the lineup produced no hits and reached base just once, a McKenna Gerster walk in the Berryville half of the fourth.

Berryville coach Eric Henderson said the Lady Cats made too many mistakes in the field.

"We had way too many errors," he said. "Going into the second it should have been 0-0. Their first four runs were off errors. We had one with two outs that could have gotten us out of the inning. We work on it everyday. We have to have somebody step up and overcome it."

The Lady Cards led just 1-0 after the first and 4-0 after two before tacking on two runs in the third and five in the fourth. A six-run fifth ended the game.

"Plain and simple it's errors," Henderson said. "We had six going into the third inning. They weren't hard plays. They were basic fundamental plays that we have to make to compete with the teams in our conference."

The Lady Cats struck out seven times while Berryville's Emma Hill fanned the Lady Cards just twice.

Henderson said a base running mistake in the fifth cost the Lady Cats a run.

"Howerton had a really good hit in the fifth," he said. "We had bases loaded and had one thrown at at the plate. We battled and got the bases loaded and I got Ally Teague thrown out at home. That's our mentality. We are going to be aggressive. But it didn't work out."

Henderson said he was pleased with the effort the Lady Cats continue to give, despite losing the past two games by a combined score of 30-3, and losing starting left fielder Hannah Noble for the season.

"We kept fighting late in the game," Henderson said. "That's where you build your character. That's going to pay off eventually, hopefully in the next game or two."

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