Lady Pioneers go 0-3 in Benton tourney

March 14, 2011 BENTON — The Batesville Lady Pioneers’ fortunes went the other direction here Saturday in the Bootsy Gordon Tournament.They went into the annual high school softball event with a 3-0 record. They left it with a 3-3 mark.In an opener, the Benton Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Pioneers 5-1. That was followed by a 12-0 whipping at the hands of the White Hall Lady Bulldogs and a 3-1 loss to the El Dorado Lady Wildcats.Against Benton, Kandess Pfitzner doubled and scored Batesville’s only run.

Lady ’Hounds single hosts to death

March 14, 2011 The Newport Lady Greyhounds racked up 20 hits while defeating the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves 13-7 in the championship game of the Timberwolves Classic here Saturday.“Twenty hits, with 17 singles and they hit them where we weren’t,” Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said. “Most of those singles they couldn’t have thrown the softball to better spots.”The Lady Greyhounds defeated the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles 7-6 on Friday night and the Rector Lady Cougars 7-5 Saturday afternoon to reach the final.Newport trailed Hillcrest 5-0 after two innings before rallying.

Mustangs keep rolling in Timberwolves Classic

March 14, 2011 NEWARK — The Midland Mustangs improved to 5-0 and collected the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves Classic high school baseball championship with three victories.Friday at Charlotte, the Mustangs defeated the Mountain View Yellowjackets 6-2 as pitchers Skylar Litaker and Logan Smith combined on a 4-hitter. Litaker allowed just two hits and no earned runs while striking out 13 and walking five. Smith struck out two and walked while giving up one earned run in one inning of relief.

Lyon softball wins two of four in San Antonio; baseball team goes 0 for 3 in TranSouth opener

March 14, 2011 SAN ANTONIO — The Lyon softball team completed a 2-2 split of the Our Lady of Lake Clash on Saturday, winning a blowout and falling in a heartbreaker.After giving up five runs in the fourth inning to the host team on Friday in a 8-6 loss, the Scots allowed four runs in the last half inning and dropped the second meeting on Saturday, 6-5.The Scots then turned around and won the second game on Saturday’s slate as they topped York College (Neb.), 15-7, in six innings. The other Lyon win came in the early game on Friday as it took down Evangel (Mo.), 7-1.

Pioneers time win over Goblins well

March 14, 2011 The Batesville Pioneers would be hard-pressed to come up with a better-timed, nonconference high school baseball victory.The 6-0 shutout they put on the Harrison Goblins at the North Complex on Saturday evening came on the heels of a very poor outing on Thursday and just three days before the Pioneers’ 5A-East District-opening doubleheader at Paragould.“It was well-played on our count,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said Sunday afternoon. “I was concerned after Thursday night’s game. We just didn’t perform in Mountain Home, and I wasn’t sure how we would respond Saturday.”

Smith, Walsh take checkers at Modified Championship

March 14, 2011 LOCUST GROVE — Brandon Smith and Shawn Walsh collected feature wins during the 15th annual Mid-America Modified Championship at Batesville Motor Speedway over the weekend.Smith, who won Friday’s $1,500, 30-lap main event, just missed sweeping as he finished runner-up to Walsh Saturday night. Smith was awarded an extra $500 for collecting the most points over the weekend.On Saturday, Walsh worked his way to the lead and felt pressure as Smith challenged.

Arkansas fires Pelphrey

March 14, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas fired basketball coach John Pelphrey on Sunday after four seasons and will immediately begin the search for his replacement.Pelphrey was 69-59 with the Razorbacks, including an 18-13 record this season. Arkansas lost to Tennessee in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday, the third straight first-round exit for the program.

Muddy pits postpone BMS opener

March 11, 2011 LOCUST GROVE — A muddy pit area led to the cancelation of Thursday night’s Mid-America Modified Championship races at Batesville Motor Speedway.Track officials said the races for tonight and Saturday will go on as originally scheduled.Gates open at 5:30 p.m, hot laps begin about 6:30 and the races are set to start at 7.For additional information, call (870) 251-0011 or visit

Bombers down Pioneers

March 11, 2011 MOUNTAIN HOME — With 2-out hits and 3-hit pitching from Trey Killian and Kord Stuffelbeam, the Mountain Home Bombers defeated the Batesville Pioneers 7-1 in a nonconference high school baseball game here Thursday.With two outs and the bases empty, the Bombers rallied for four runs in the first inning. A walk, a single by Damon Berry and a hit batter loaded the bases. After a run scored on a wild pitch and a walk reloaded the bases, Killian hit a 3-run double.

Timberwolves win conference opener

March 11, 2011 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves muzzled the Quitman Bulldogs 11-1 in a Class 2A-2 District-opening baseball contest here Thursday afternoon.The Timberwolves scored one run in each of the first, third and fourth innings, two in the second and then unloaded for six in the sixth. The 6-run surge resulted in the game being run-ruled an inning ahead of schedule.It started with a walk and was followed by a hit, out, error and three hits in a row. The specifics were not provided.