Three teams move into Classic semis

April 1, 2009 Riverview, McCrory and Tuckerman advanced into the semifinals of the small school division of the Pioneer Classic baseball tournament Wednesday night.Riverview eliminated Cedar Ridge 10-5, McCrory bid farewell to Viola 9-1 and Tuckerman blasted Mountain View 12-0 — all at the Batesville Recreation Complex.The Cave City-West Side Greers Ferry game that was scheduled to be played at Lyon on Tuesday has been moved to the complex for this afternoon at 4.

Melbourne pitchers throw 1-hitter

April 1, 2009 MELBOURNE — Melbourne’s Michelle Arnold and Maggie Jo Cooper combined for a 1-hitter against the Midland Lady Mustangs in a 7-0 Class 2A-2 contest here Tuesday.Midland’s lone hit came in the third inning off the bat of Colby Thomas.Arnold pitched the first four innings, before giving way to Cooper.Melbourne opened the game with a pair of runs in the first inning. Two more crossed in the second, one in the third and another double dose in the fifth.Kristen Smith recorded the game’s only extra-base hit, a triple.

‘Sports calendar’ keeps slipping due to wet fields

April 1, 2009 Wet fields forced the cancelation of several high school softball and baseball games set for Tuesday.The Batesville-at-Blytheville doubleheader was rescheduled for April 13 and the Black Rock-at-Izard County games were moved to today at Black Rock. The Cushman-at-Hillcrest softball games have not been rescheduled.

Eagles land, win in Batesville

March 31, 2009 The Batesville Pioneers are hoping for a another better day-after performance.Monday at Lyon College’s Scots Field, the Mayflower Eagles defeated the Batesville Pioneers 9-4 in eight innings. The score was tied 4-4 after the regulation seven innings.The last time the Pioneers lost a nonconference game — 5-4 to Heber Springs on March 16 — they bounced back the next day and swept a 5A-East District doubleheader in Forrest City. The Forrest City Mustangs were preseason favorites to win the district.

BJHS track, field teams to begin season today

March 31, 2009 The Batesville Junior High track and field teams are scheduled to open the season at Heber Springs today, and Coach Craig Stave thinks the Junior Lady Pioneers could make a run at defending a district title.“This could turn out to be a talented bunch,” he said. “If we can just get some middle-distance runners to come along we’ll be in good shape.”

Speedy’s Dragway results announced

March 31, 2009 NEWPORT — Joey Fike, Ron Davis, Tye Combs and Scott Davis were winners at Speedy’s Newport Dragway Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.Fike was quickest in the street division. Mac Brokaw and Brandon Wall finished second and third, respectively.Ron Davis was fastest down the line in the foot brake division, followed by Andrew Powell and Bill Smith.The super pro division was won by Combs. Harold Finch and Larry Cliff followed.Scott Davis took the top spot in the outlaw street bike class. Josh Trimm was second and Jon Dunn took third.

Batesville Bassmasters to discuss tournaments

March 31, 2009 The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the First Community Bank’s George Rider Room to discuss this weekend’s tournament on Lake Dardanelle, secretary Colin Patterson said.The schedule shows the tournament set from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.“We also have to change a tournament originally set for May 23 on Dardanelle,” Patterson said. “That’s the Memorial Day Weekend holiday, so we’ll change that.”Plans will also be finalized for the 2-day tournament (May 2-3) on Bulls Shoals Lake, Patterson said.

Conway St. Joseph blanks Southside in 4A-3 Conference soccer matches

March 31, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Conway St. Joseph shut out Southside in a pair of 4A-3 Conference soccer matches on Stewart Field Monday afternoon.The Bulldogs won 4-0. They led 1-0 at halftime.Cody White made 16 saves for the Southerners.“We took 22 shots on goal,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We just couldn’t find the nets.”The Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 6-0 victory. They led by the same count at halftime.

Piper pitcher, shortstop with TranSouth honors

March 31, 2009 PULASKI, Tenn. — Lyon College shortstop Kristi Keller was named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Player of the Week and teammate Faith Richmond was named the TranSouth Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 29, according to a news release. Keller, a sophomore from Huffman, Texas, helped lead the Pipers to a 4-1 week. They defeated NCAA Division I University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and conference opponents Trevecca Nazarene and Cumberland.