At the official opening of Lyon College’s new on-campus softball field Saturday morning, the most personal and meaningful moments may belong to a visitor.
After the opening ceremony for Mary and Howard House Field, the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers will take the field against the Lyon Pipers. Among the purple-and-gold clad Lady Tigers will be Randi Wilson.
SOUTHSIDE — Brandi Payne will have a great story to tell about the last home game of her high school career.
The Southside senior slapped a walk-off, 2-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Lady Southerners a 6-5 nonconference win over the Cave City Cavewomen.
It also capped a comeback after being down 4-1 in the seventh. The Lady Southerners were down to their last strike, but found a way to get three across in the inning.
College softball: Lyon at Union (Jackson, Tenn.), doubleheader, noon
Golf: Kilted Invitational, 4-person scramble, The Course at Eagle Mountain, 1:30 p.m.
College baseball: Mid-Continent at Lyon, doubleheader, noon
High school baseball: Batesville varsity and junior varsity at Central Arkansas Christian (North Little Rock), 4 p.m.; 4A-2 District Tournament in Lonoke — Southside vs. Clinton, 4; 2A-2 District Tournament in Cotter — Cedar Ridge vs. Cotter, 6:30
STRAWBERRY — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles completed an unbeaten run through the 1A 2-East District with a 16-1 high school baseball victory here Thursday over the Black Rock Zebras.
Marcus Huskey pitched the 5-inning run-ruled victory for the 17-3 Screamin’ Eagles. They went 8-0 in the district.
Brothers Derek and Dylan Wooten each hit two doubles to lead Hillcrest’s offense.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Center fielder Phenix Butler picked up four hits in Lyon College’s 6-1 and 6-5 doubleheader sweep of Lambuth University here Thursday in nonconference play.
Lyon (19-16) has won four straight and five of its last six ballgames. The Pipers pushed their school-record win total to 19 victories with at least 11 games left on the schedule. Lambuth (6-36) has lost seven games in a row and nine of its last 10 contests.
Former Lyon Coach Jack Peel coaches the Lady Eagles.
The Lyon College Tournament is what convinced Chase Massey that he wanted to play again in Becknell Gym, even if that tournament did end with a loss.
Massey, a 6-foot-1 guard from Melbourne, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball with the Lyon College Scots on Thursday morning in Becknell.
“It was during the Lyon College Tournament that I first really knew I wanted to play there,” Massey said this morning. The Mountain View Yellowjackets defeated the Melbourne Bearkatz in the tournament championship game.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sam Neal homered twice and drove in four runs during Lyon College’s nonconference doubleheader split with the Christian Brothers Buccaneers here Thursday at Bucs Field.
Lyon (30-15) won the first game 9-4 and lost the second 8-7. Christian Brothers settled at 9-28 with the split.
Neal hit three for nine during the twinbill with three runs scored. Neal’s two homers gave the right fielder a team-leading 10 this season.
Four 20-year-old men have been arrested and charged with one count each of commercial burglary and theft of property stemming from thefts from White River Medical Center and a break-in at MyMyra Antiques. Both are listed as class C felonies, according to police affidavits filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said the four were arrested following an incident in which Deputy Dale Jackson encountered a car, with three men inside, behind Schwegman Office Supply shortly after midnight on March 27.
At last, it’s in the boat. The fish to end all fish is in the ice chest or in your live well. You have an honest, enormous trophy fish, worthy of a trip to the taxidermist. Whether your prize is a bluegill or a blue marlin, there are important things you need to do so the fish won’t get damaged and will look its best, and the process begins in those first few minutes.
Taking the proper steps now will result in a much better-looking mount.
Police are investigating the burglary of a shop building owned by Josh Wilder of Batesville where $1,273 worth of tools were reported stolen sometime over the weekend, according to Independence County Deputy Colby Markum.
Wilder said when he arrived for work at his shop on North St. Louis Street Tuesday morning he discovered two Dewalt cordless drills, a roll of 320 grit sandpaper, a screwdriver set, sanding blocks and a radar detector missing.
According to Wilder, intruders would have had to climb over a fence to get to his property.
No suspects were named.
Five people traveled from India as part of a group study exchange to spend a month in Arkansas.
Anne Ratna Prabhakar, Vkn Srinivas, Arusam Madhusudan, V.R. Vidhyalakshmi and Dr. M. Ravi Kumar visited the Batesville Rotary Club Monday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse to speak about their families, careers and areas they live and work in.
Rotarian Prabhakar, the group study exchange team leader, belongs to the Rotary Club of Chilakaluripet and spoke about some of his club’s projects, such as: