After a rainy weekend, and with rain still falling this morning, the status of district tournaments and regular-season high school baseball and softball games was very much up in the air at press time.
Three changes were confirmed, and they involve a state track and field meet and a college conference golf tournament.
The Class 4A State Track and Field Meet, originally scheduled for Saturday at Pocahontas High School, will now be held at Heber Springs High School. The day and starting time has not been changed. Southside is the circulation area participant.
CAVE CITY — The Southside Southerners overcame six errors and held off a pesky Lonoke squad to advance in the Class 4A-2 District Tournament here Friday.
Southside won 10-9 and advanced to take on Heber Springs. Saturday’s game was halted by rain midway through the first inning with the Southerners ahead 2-0. When the tournament will be resumed is to be determined.
McKENZIE, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots split a doubleheader with the Bethel Wildcats as the teams wrapped up a season-ending TranSouth Athletic Conference series here Friday.
Lyon took the opener 2-0. Bethel collected an 8-3 decision in the finale.
In the opener, the Scots scored both of their runs in the top of the fourth inning. Michael Armenteros reached base with one out as the Wildcat pitcher Jacob Hatchel misplayed a grounder. Armenteros then stole second and took third on Hatchel’s balk.
CAVE CITY — The Heber Springs Lady Panthers upset the top-seeded Southside Lady Southerners, but the most upset was Southside Coach Fred Denison Jr.
Denison said the game should never have been played in the conditions. Heber Springs won 21-6 in seven innings, scoring 10 of those runs in the final frame.
“This game was an absolute debacle. By the end of the third inning, the field was a mess. I asked the umpires in the top of the fourth if we were going to continue, and the response I got was ‘just because there ain’t no sunshine don’t mean we stop the game,’” Denison said.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their seventh 5A-East District championship in a row here Thursday, winning five individual titles and two relay crowns along the way.
The Lady Pioneers rolled up 217 points and finished 112 points in front of the second-place Blytheville Lady Chickasaws.
“The girls really performed well,” Lady Pioneer Coach Stuart Smith said. “I was very, very pleased. We qualified a good number for the state meet, and we came close to getting a bunch more. We had several really close fifth places.”
CABOT — The opener and nightcap of this key, 5A-East District high school baseball doubleheader began and ended in similar fashion, and it’s not a good look for the Batesville Pioneers.
In a 1-0 loss to the Beebe Badgers, Matthew Showalter led off the game with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a ground out by Cody Vaughn, but was left standing there as Beebe’s Griffin Glaude struck out Tanner Ring and got Ryan Coles out with a soft liner to the second baseman.
CONWAY — The Lyon Scots were at the mercy of University of Central Arkansas pitcher Kelsie Armstrong in a nonconference softball game at Conway High School Wednesday night.
The sophomore hurler had a no-hitter going for six and one-third innings. She finished with two hits allowed, struck out 15 and walked one in a 7-0 victory.
The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday on the UCA campus. The UCA field was still too wet Wednesday, so it was moved to Conway High’s field.
Former Izard County golfer Rachel Harmon won the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year award, the GSC announced recently.
Harmon is the first-ever Henderson State player to win the honor. She shot a season-low round of 75 and recorded an 82.6 scoring average.
Harmon was also named to the all-conference second team.
The White River Flag Football Classic is set for next weekend and the event is growing, according to Joe Haynes, one of the organizers.
Wednesday, the day before the registration deadline, enough players had registered “that we could, potentially, field 16 teams,” Haynes said.
The 7-on-7 flag football tourney is scheduled to run May 6-8 on the soccer fields of the North Complex.
LOCUST GROVE — As of press time, Friday night’s racing at Batesville Motor Speedway was to continue as scheduled.
The Comp Cams Super Dirt Late Model Series is set to visit the speedway and will be accompanied by points racing for IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock, economy modified and front-wheel drive classes.
Originally scheduled for April 23, the show was to feature the Mid-America Racing Series (MARS). However, due to a scheduling conflict with MARS Friday night, the Comp Cams series will fly solo.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has ended its championship drought.
Browns running back Peyton Hillis will grace the cover of Madden NFL ’12, the popular video game, after beating Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in a vote by fans. Hillis received 66 percent of the one million votes cast to handily defeat Vick in the final.
Hillis, who played at the University of Arkansas and his schoolboy days for the Conway Wampus Cats, rushed for 1,177 yards last season, his first with the Browns.