The Batesville Pioneers finished up their spring football session Wednesday, and the competition for playing time was like the weather — hot.
“This year is the best spring ball we’ve had since we started this,” Batesville Coach Dave King said. “The last couple of days it was unseasonably hot and it was tough on the (artificial) turf, but the competition was very good.”
Seventy-two “actively participated,” King said, with a few sitting out with injuries and illnesses. Thirty-one freshmen participated.
The Lyon College baseball staff will host camps beginning Monday, according to a news release from the school.
The camps, which are scheduled for June 7-10, 14-17 and June 18, will be held at Lyon under the direction of the Lyon baseball staff and players. Each camper will need cleats, tennis shoes (if it rains), a cap, glove and bat.
One-day speciality camps focusing on hitting and pitching will take place on the last date.
All camps are for children ages 5-15. The cost for the 4-day camps is $75. The speciality camps are $25 each or $45 for both.
When it came time to vote for the Class 5A All-State softball team, Maggie Beshears was a hit with the 5A-East District softball coaches.
“Her numbers speak for themselves,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said. “When you look at all the hitters in the conference, Maggie was far and away the leader in just about all categories.”
The sophomore first baseman-third baseman, registered a .580 batting average, including seven home runs, two triples and 14 doubles while driving in 38 runs and scoring 24 for the 12-15 Lady Pioneers. All but the runs scored and triples are team highs.
Ten Guard-circulation area softball players were named to all-state rosters, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
Of the 10, three were on the roster last year. They are Maggie Jo Cooper, Kayla Fortson and Miranda Doyle.
It is the third straight selection for Cooper, a junior at Melbourne. Fortson of Midland and Doyle of Hillcrest are 2-time selections. Both are seniors.
FAYETTEVILLE — Good news on Zack Cox and perhaps not as good news on Brett Eibner comprised University of Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn’s report after the Razorbacks’ baseball practice on Tuesday.
The top-seeded and 40-18 Razorbacks are preparing to play fourth-seeded SWAC Conference Tournament champion Grambling State (22-30) in Friday’s 2 p.m. game of the Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank to discuss a couple of upcoming tournaments, secretary Colin Patterson said.
Members will discuss the Aug. 14 Reekie Gardner Jr. White River Bass Classic and the June 26 night tournament on Greers Ferry Lake.
The Classic will be held in conjunction with the annual White River Water Carnival. The June 26 tournament, out of Hill Creek Ramp, is the club’s first night tournament of the year. It will be from 7 p.m. June 26 until 2 the following morning.
The Jonesboro Ricemen are still doing it right.
The 2-time defending American Legion state champions thumped the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 17-8 in a season- and Zone 2-opening baseball game at the North Complex.
Mostly, what the Ricemen did was wear out the right side of the field with hits between first and second base, over the right fielder’s head and into the right-center field gap.
The first session of the Stars of Tomorrow Basketball Camp at Batesville High is set for June 7-10, Batesville Lady Pioneer Coach Patricia Stave said.
Session I is for girls and boys entering grades 7 through 9 and runs four days. Session II, another 4-day camp, is for girls and boys grades 4 through 7 and begins June 14. Each camp day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 11:30 in Pioneer Gymnasium.
Hillcrest, the Wootens and all-state — just one last time.
The Wooten brothers, Derek and Dylan, are the returning members to the Arkansas Activities Association All-State rosters for high school baseball. They were also named to the Class 1A team last spring. Derek is also a 2-time all-state selection in basketball.
It’s the last go-around for Derek, a senior. Dylan is a junior.
Batesville High School seniors Talan Roepcke and Will Lindsey returned to the Class 5A All-State baseball roster this spring after helping the Pioneers win a share of the 5A-East District championship.
The Pioneers went 20-9 and earned their 19th straight state tournament berth.
The pair was also named to the team as juniors.
Roepcke, a left-handed pitcher-first baseman, recorded a 9-1 record this spring while posting a 1.35 earned-run average. Over 62 innings, he struck out 61, walked 13 and hit eight batters.
NEWPORT — Cave City dragster Don Stitcher won the foot brake division at Speedy’s Newport Dragway Sunday, ending a month and a half drought.
Stitcher beat Ron Davis, who jumped the gun in the final.
Jeremy Odom took the super pro division’s top prize with Luke Clay second.
Jason Russell beat Joey Bogard in the outlaw street bike final and Brian Hill was quicker than Samantha Clay in the junior dragster division.
Edward Littlejohn and Steve Simpson’s final run in the street division was scratched because of rain. Craig Brown finished third before the rain fell.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Arkansas State’s baseball team was eliminated from the Sun Belt Conference Tournament with a pair of losses to Troy here Saturday.
Troy won the first game 12-5 and then ousted Arkansas State with a 12-8 decision in 11 innings.
The Trojans advanced to the championship game and were defeated by Florida International 14-10 on Sunday.
Arkansas State (30-27) was trying to advance to the championship game for the fist time since 1996. In the second round of the tournament, the Red Wolves defeated the Trojans 12-2.