HENDERSON, Tenn. — Plays at the plate in the top and bottom halves of the ninth inning decided the game as the Lyon Scots entered the winners bracket of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time ever, defeating Freed-Hardeman Lions 2-1.
The Lyon softball team set the single season wins mark in program history with 22. It was the first victory of the season over the Lady Lions, losing the previous four regular season meetings.
The TranSouth Athletic Conference recently announced the spring scholar-athlete lists for baseball, softball and golf and 16 Scots received the academic honor, according to a news release from Lyon.
To be named a conference scholar-athlete, the student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be a sophomore or above in academic classification.
GREERS FERRY — Amber Hodge pitched a 2-hitter to lead the Mount Vernon-Enola Lady Warhawks to a 3-0 victory over the Midland Lady Mustangs in the 1A-2 South District tournament quarterfinals here Tuesday.
The Lady ’Hawks advanced when the Academics Plus Lady Falcons forfeited the rain-delayed opener. Hodge recorded no strikeouts, walked three and hit one batter.
“Midland put the ball in play and we did a good job of fielding it,” Mount Vernon-Enola Coach Freeman Isaacs said.
GREERS FERRY — The Midland Mustangs used solid pitching and a steady dose of offense to secure a trip to the Class 1A 2-South District Tournament championship game.
Midland defeated Mount Vernon-Enola 8-2 in Tuesday’s semifinal and will take on South Side Bee Branch, which needed an extra inning to eliminate West Side Greers Ferry 3-1 in the other semifinal.
“Drew Fortson threw another outstanding game,” Midland Coach Donnie Branscum said.
Three Lyon College baseball players won postseason honors, according to a news release from the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
Senior Kyle Kallsnick and juniors Michael Armenteros and Josh McNatt were each named to the all-TranSouth second team by the coaches.
Kallsnick, a Batesville High product, was the regular starting catcher for the Scots this season. In 42 games, Kallsnick blasted three homers, drove in 26 runs and scored 16 times. He threw out nine runners attempting to steal.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers are hoping a bunch of speedy contenders show up at Hot Springs High School on Thursday for the Class 5A State Track and Field Meet.
“A tightly bunched field will provide us our best chance,” Batesville Coach Stuart Smith said. “We’re not going to score points like we did when we won it going away in 2009.”
That talented and balanced squad rang up 148 points and more than doubled the second-place team.
Most of the high school baseball and softball scheduled for today has been moved to Wednesday.
The Batesville-at-Wynne baseball and softball doubleheaders have been delayed a day. The baseball pairing is a key confrontation in the chase for state tournament berths, the softball doubleheader is not. Wynne leads the district. Batesville is out of the postseason picture.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Cedar Ridge freshman Haley Hix won the high-point award and led the Lady Timberwolves to the 2A-2 District Track and Field Meet team title here on Friday.
Hix won two field events (long jump and triple jump), four running events (100-meter dash, 400, 300 intermediate hurdles) and anchored the winning 400 relay team. She teamed with Chaney Ryan, Cassie Hendrix and Kirsten Duncan.
Ryan (high jump), Megan Galloway (200) and Domonique Johnson (shot put) also won individual events.
The Lady T-wolves edged the Bradford Eagles for the team title (193-189).
The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears thrashed the Batesville Lady Pioneers 15-5 in a run-ruled 5-inning nonconference softball game Friday at the North Complex.
Haley Hambrick hit three for three and provided all but one of Batesville’s hits and drove in all but one of the runs. The freshman hit three for three with a triple and a double, and also scored a run.
“Once again, the bottom half of our order went hitless,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said. “Sylvan Hills’ pitcher is really good. She’s one of the better pitchers we’ve seen.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside swept E-Stem in 4A-3 Conference soccer matches at Stewart Field here Thursday.
The Lady Southerners defeated the Lady Mets 2-0 and the Southerners downed the Mets 9-0. E-Stem is a charter school out of Little Rock.
Alex Burroughs scored both goals for the Lady Southerners. Goalie Adrianna Jeffery stopped 11 shots. The Lady Southerners took 19 shots.
“We had some open looks we missed, but they also have a really good keeper who made some good saves,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers and Pioneers blanked their hosts here Friday, and one of the victories was also good for a 5A-East Conference championship.
The Lady Pioneers defeated the Paragould Lady Rams 2-0 for the title. They improved to 7-0 in the conference and 12-2 overall. The conference crown and 12-win season are also team firsts.
Natalie Meinzer scored with a pass from Kali Foreman with 24 minutes left in the first half. Meinzer scored again with an assist from Erin Richards with five minutes left in the game.
The Lady Pioneers chalked up 23 shots.