LOCUST GROVE — Once again, Mother Nature looks like a strong contender to win at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Rain has forced the cancellation of several racing events this season and could do the same with a good chance of rain today and Friday.
If the speedway is able to dodge the rain, the Comp Cams Super Dirt Late Model Series and the MARS late models are set to clash in a 35-lap, $2,000-to-win event Friday night.
The Super Late Models will be joined on the program by the IMCA modified, street stock, economy modified and front-wheel drive classes.
BALD KNOB — Batesville’s boys and Bald Knob’s girls won the seventh-grade track and field meet at Bald Knob on Monday.
The Junior Pioneers scored 220 points and finished 100 points ahead of the second place Bald Knob Junior Bulldogs. Bald Knob’s girls finished 26 points ahead of Southside (152-126). Batesville placed third with 94.5.
Batesville’s Tristen Driver set a personal best in the 1,600-meter run when he crossed the line in 5 minutes, 35.36 seconds.
Kaitlyn Patterson became the game one hero with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, driving a pitch over the right-field wall to walk off the Lyon College softball team in victory, according to a news release from Lyon’s Sports Information Department.
The home run, Patterson’s third of the season, resulted in a 6-2 TranSouth Athletic Conference victory over the Blue Mountain Lady Toppers. Lyon took the second game to complete the sweep, 5-2.
Lyon wore pink uniform tops in the game to show its support for the fight against breast cancer.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon Scots led the Williams Baptist Eagles 9-2 midway through the fifth inning, but had to hold on for a 9-7 nonconference victory here Tuesday.
Lyon scored four runs in the second inning and added five more in the fifth. WBC responded with solo runs in the third and fourth and then three in the fifth and two more in the sixth of the 9-inning contest.
In the 4-run second, Garry Richards hit a 1-out solo home run, Aaron Thornton singled and was then forced out at second on Josh McNatt’s fielder’s choice.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kaitlyn Duncan and Cassie White of Lyon College won recognition from the TranSouth Athletic Conference, according to a news release from the TranSouth.
Duncan was named the Women’s Golfer of the Week, for the week ending April 17.
Duncan, a freshman from Highland, finished 17th at the Natural State Golf Classic, where she carded an 89-84—173. Duncan tied with teammate Charil Steed in that tournament.
The Red Apple Golf Course in Heber Springs played to a par of 71 over 6,018 yards. Fifty golfers and nine teams participating.
SALEM — The Southside Southerners had to play the full seven innings, but they collected a 10-run victory over the Salem Greyhounds here Tuesday afternoon.
Southside (12-7) led 10-0 and was on the verge of forcing the rule run in the fifth inning, but Salem stayed alive with a solo homer.
Then the Greyhounds overcame another shot at being run-ruled after the Southerners went up 12-1 in the top of the sixth. Salem scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Southside finished it off with a 3-run seventh and Tyler Goad pitched a perfect seventh.
BLACK ROCK — Samantha Blevins set season and career records here Tuesday by striking out 19 batters while leading the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles to an 8-4, 1A 2-East District softball victory over the Black Rock Lady Zebras.
In seven innings, Blevins also gave up just one hit and walked eight. The 1-hitter is also a school record.
“She’s had 5-inning and 3-inning 1-hitters, but not a 1-hitter for seven innings,” Hillcrest Coach Sean Rose said.
The one hit came in the seventh inning and came on “a very close call,” the coach added.
The Lyon College womens basketball team has announced the signing of Kaley Moore.
Moore, a 5-foot-8 guard from Fort Smith Southside High School, helped her squad to a 7A state tournament appearance this past season. As a senior, Moore averaged 10.8 points, three assists and three rebounds a contest.
Moore shot better than 42 percent from behind the arc. In the final game of the season at the tournament, Moore hit five of seven 3-pointers, while leading all scorers with 17 points against nationally-ranked North Little Rock.
The last six batters in the Batesville Lady Pioneer batting order went zero for 32 as the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles swept a 5A-East District softball doubleheader, winning 1-0 and 9-2 at North Complex on Tuesday.
With that, the Lady Eagles kept their hopes alive for a Class 5A State Tournament berth, and they handed the Lady Pioneers their sixth straight exclusion from postseason play.
With a record of 2-6 in district play, the Lady Eagles still have a chance of finishing in the top four in the district standings — the qualifying standard for the state tournament.
The tryout convinced Shelby Winkle and Central Baptist College Coach Lyle Middleton.
“I just felt like CBC was a good fit for me,” Winkle said about her decision to sign with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school in Conway. “I just felt it was what I needed.”
The Batesville High School senior and all-state basketball player signed with CBC in a ceremony at BHS on Monday.
Middleton said he knew a little about Winkle before the tryout.
Despite coming from behind on two different occasions, the Lyon softball team fell short in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep by Freed-Hardeman Tuesday afternoon at House Field.
After managing just one hit in the opener, and losing 8-0 in five innings, the Scots battled in game two. However, a 4-run fifth was too much for the Scots as they lost to the Lady Lions 12-9.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer edged Don Holcomb to win the street division Sunday at Speedy’s Raceway.
Steve Simpson was third in the class.
Joe Williams took the top spot in the foot brake class with Ross Williams and Larry Romine in tow.
John Taylor was quicker than Bobby Hooker in the super pro class. Shannon White finished third.
Brian Hill, Cory Andrews and Samantha Clay finished 1-2-3 in the junior dragster competition.
Joey Bogard was fastest in the outlaw street bike class.