SPRINGDALE — The Batesville Pioneers didn’t win a championship here Saturday, but they left the McDonald’s Bulldog Classic feeling good, said their coach.
After defeating the Collinsville, Okla., Cardinals, the defending Class 5A state champions, 12-2 on Friday, they defeated the Class 7A Springdale Bulldogs, the tournament hosts, 9-5 before falling to the Carthage, Mo., Tigers 8-4, both on Saturday.
PARAGOULD — The Paragould Lady Rams won 9-1 and 11-1 here Friday, sweeping the Batesville Lady Pioneers in a 5A-East District doubleheader and sending the visitors to their fifth straight loss.
Cheyenne Mauldin, a junior right-hander, limited the Lady Pioneers to one hit in the opener. Her complete-game performance also included five strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter.
Hailey Hastings provided Batesville’s one hit and one run — a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Speed was the thing Saturday night in the Citizens Bank Orange Crush Classic championship game at the North Complex.
The Rivercrest Lady Colts held off the Valley View Lady Blazers for a 5-4 victory, winning their first Orange Crush title in two tries, with a nice combination of speed on the base paths and on defense, and another mix of speeds from pitcher Micalah Beall.
With the tying run standing on second base and one out, Beall struck out Jessica Stracener and leadoff batter Blaire Parrish, getting swinging third strikes from each with a slower-than-expected change-up.
CLINTON — The Southside Lady Southerners made short work of the Clinton Lady Yellowjackets in a Class 4A-2 softball game here Thursday.
Southside scored 13 runs in the first inning and won 15-0 in three innings.
Haley Mourer pitched the no-hitter and was one walk shy of a perfect game. She struck out three and improved to 3-1.
Offensively, Krysta Beeler tripled, doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice. Tandra McPherson added a triple, three runs, two stolen bases and an RBI.
A new champion is guaranteed when the dust settles Saturday in the small school division of the Citizens Bank Orange Crush Classic.
That’s because last year’s champion, Trumann, has moved up to the big school division for this year’s tournament.
The 1-day tournament is scheduled for a 9:30 start Saturday morning at Batesville’s North Complex (see “Sports calendar” on page 20).
FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women won their 20th basketball game for the first time since the 2002-03 season here Thursday when they dominated the Lamar Lady Cardinals, winning 91-65 in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Sarah Watkins led the 20-11 Razorbacks with 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. Five Razorbacks scored in double figures. C’eira Ricketts chalked up 20 points, Ashley Daniels added 11 points and 13 rebounds, Quistelle Williams contributed 16 points, and Chrisstasia Walter added 10.
CAVE CITY — Keith Lawrence and Danny Matthews won the Cave City Bass Club’s first scheduled tournament of the year Saturday on Greers Ferry Lake.
Matthews and Lawrence weighed in five bass totaling 8.80 pounds, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
That total included the big bass of the day, which weighed 3.55 pounds.
Travis Galloway and Bridges Carton placed second with five ass totaling 7.15 pounds.
Ernie Daniel, fishing by himself, came in third with five bass totaling 6.0 pounds.
Twenty-six bass were caught by the 23 tournament participants.
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — With wild turkey hunting season still in full swing in many states, the National Wild Turkey Federation has the safety of turkey hunters in mind.
Safety is a key element when you’re in the woods mimicking the sounds of wild turkeys. A safe turkey hunter is much like a safe driver — you must be defensive minded.
Also, keep in mind that a safe hunter is an effective hunter. Here are 10 tips to consider when you’re in the woods:
• Leave the area if you suspect there’s another hunter already working the same bird.
JONESBORO — Cave City’s Rachel Roebuck is one of several senior volleyball players invited to play in the Queens of the Hardwood match at the Valley View High School gym here April 1.
Proceeds from the fifth annual event go to the CityYouth Ministries, an organization that provides a variety of after-school activities designed to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of disadvantaged children in Jonesboro.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar has lost an eye after he was struck in the face by a line drive while watching a spring training game.
Braves general manager Frank Wren said that doctors were unable to save Salazar’s left eye after the accident March 9. The former major league player is otherwise recovering from his injuries and expects to manage Lynchburg of the Class A Carolina League this season.
The 54-year-old Salazar was the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals when hit by a Brian McCann foul ball.
The Batesville-at-Paragould softball doubleheader has been rescheduled again. It’s now set for Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The game, originally postponed due to wet conditions on Tuesday, was first rescheduled for Thursday.
“Hopefully, this is the last time it will move,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said.