Tigers pile up 48 runs in 3 victories

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Green Forest junior Barrett Phillips pitched a three-inning no-hitter against Valley Springs in the first game of a doubleheader, striking out seven batters.
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Green Forest coach Brandon Stone says the Tigers have been hitting the ball much better recently — and the results back him up.

The Tigers picked up three big wins last week,

sweeping a doubleheader from Valley Springs on Monday by scores of 16-0 and 17-4 before celebrating Senior Night in style with a 15-0 victory over Jasper on Thursday.

“We kind of unloaded on them,” Stone said of the sweep of Valley Springs. “Since spring break, we’ve started hitting the ball a lot better.”

Junior left-hander Barrett Phillips pitched a three-inning no-hitter in the first game, striking out seven batters.

“They didn’t put the ball in play on him much,” Stone said. “He was three walks short of a perfect game and he did it in under 60 pitches, which is even more impressive.”

Green Forest, on the other hand, had no trouble putting the bat on the ball.

Isaac Demeyer was 3-for-3 with a triple, driving in three runs and scoring three times. Phillips was 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored. Senior Reiley Gordon was 3-for-3 with a double and a triple, driving in five runs and scoring three runs.

“Three of our top four hitters scored nine runs between the three of them,” Stone said.

Alex Kilbourn and Dalton Randolph each went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI.

“We really cut down on our strikeouts and put the ball in play,” Stone said. “We only struck out three times in that first game.”

In the nightcap against Valley Springs, Green Forest scored 11 runs in the first inning.

Gordon and Kilbourn had three hits apiece, while Demeyer and Isaiah Fraga each drove in three runs.

The Tigers had another big inning in Thursday’s win over Jasper, scoring 13 times in the bottom of the second. Gordon had a big game on the mound and at the plate, striking out 10 batters in four innings while also driving in four runs. Phillips and Ryan Bruegel each added two RBI for Green Forest.

The Tigers are gaining momentum at just the right time, with just three games remaining in the regular season.

“We try to peak at the right time,” Stone said.

Green Forest hosted Elkins on Monday. The Tigers are scheduled to play at Flippin on Tuesday and at Berryville on Friday.

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