Considering the conditions, it was a good opening-day performance for the Batesville Pioneer high school baseball team, Coach Mark Rush said after a 14-4, run-ruled victory over the Newport Greyhounds on a wet North Complex field Friday evening.
The end of Batesville’s linescore held the most-telling figure. The Pioneers committed “0” errors.
At the same spot on Newport’s line was the number that killed the Greyhounds — “8” errors.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots’ basketball season ended here Friday night with a 76-49 loss to the No. 1 Union Lady Bulldogs in the semifinals of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Union improved to 30-1 and will play second-seeded Bethel tonight for the championship. No. 6 Bethel knocked off third-seeded and No. 7 Freed-Hardeman 62-52.
Lyon, the fifth seed, ended its season with an 18-14 record.
PARAGOULD — Batesville High School’s soccer teams each posted 2-1 records during their opening weekend and finished second to Jonesboro High in the Paragould Invitational Tournament.
In Friday’s opening round, the Lady Pioneers and Pioneers each defeated teams from Southside by 5-0 scores
Lainey Rumans led the Lady Pioneers with three goals. Erin Richards and Kayla Davis provided the other goals.
The Lady Pioneers recorded 17 shots, and they didn’t allow a shot on defense.
PULASKI, Tenn. — The Lyon College Scots’ season came to an end with an 89-61 loss to the top-seeded Martin Methodist RedHawks in the quarterfinal round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Scots finished the season 9-21 overall and a 2-15 record in the TSAC.
“It wasn’t the way we wanted to go out, but you have to give Martin Methodist credit. They played well,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “There were too many things where pressure got to us. It could have really gotten out of control, but we hung in there and fought to the end.”
HEBER SPRINGS — An 11-0 run in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough for the Southside Lady Southerners to get by the Gentry Lady Pioneers in the opening round of the Class 4A State Tournament here Thursday afternoon.
“We made an incredible run at them late. The way the pace of the game changed and the way the momentum swung our way, I thought we would overtake them and have a great comeback victory, but it just didn’t pan out,” Southside Coach Malcolm Long said.
NEWARK — Millicent Talley hit the winning 2-run double in the fifth inning and shined at third base as the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves opened their season with a 5-4 high school softball victory.
With Tuckerman leading 4-2 in the fifth, Tosha Lovell tripled and scored on Laken McCoy’s single, Teia Moore pushed McCoy to third with a single and, after Moore stole second, Talley hit the winner.
“No doubt, Millicent Talley was the defensive and offensive player of the game,” Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said of the junior.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen leveled their high school baseball record with a 10-2 win here Thursday over the Melbourne Bearkatz.
Justin Hunter relieved starter Clayton Pounds in the third and pitched the win. Joey Barnett hit three for four with two doubles and two runs batted in. Taylor Milligan added two hits in three and also doubled twice and drove in two.
“We played better,” Cave City Coach Jamie King said of the 1-1 Cavemen. “Communication-wise, which we are stressing, we were better. Also, Carson Day came in at catcher and played well. He threw out two runners.
LITTLE ROCK — The Batesville Lady Pioneers collected a run-ruled, 16-0 high school softball victory here Thursday.
Lady Pioneer Karley Berkheiser no-hit the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins over four innings, striking out seven and walking two along the way.
Haley Clem and Maggie Beshears provided three hits apiece, and Clem doubled twice. Ashley Hayes, Haley Hambrick, Whitney Medlock, Jocie Baker, Morgan Isley and Berkheiser chalked up two hits apiece. Hayes tripled.
Batesville will send veteran squads into Paragould High School Stadium Friday night for high school soccer season openers.
Seven starters and five more with varsity experience return from the Pioneer team that posted an 8-4 record and finished second in the 5A-East Conference.
Eight starters and another with varsity experience return for the Lady Pioneer squad that went 7-5 and finished third in the conference.
CALICO ROCK — Forgive the Bradley Bears if they petition that no more Class 1A State Tournaments be held in the northern tier.
Wednesday afternoon, a young but very talented group of Bears were sent back to Bradley, just a little more than a rock’s throw from the Louisiana border, by the Concord Pirates and a 58-54 loss.
Last year, the Bears traveled to Lynn and entered the state tournament unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state, and were promptly knocked out by the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles, the host team.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots advanced to the semifinals of the women’s TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament with a convincing 70-53 victory over the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans here Wednesday night.
The Scots (18-13) advance to take on No. 1 Union (29-1) Friday night in Jackson, Tenn.
Against the Trojans, junior Lauren Ramsey led all scorers with 20 points, including five 3-pointers. Freshman Alex Davidson was perfect, hitting four 3s and four free throws. She finished with a career-high 16 points.
ALMA — It was about defense, defense, defense and, for the Batesville Lady Pioneers, a heartbreaking shot at the end.
Vilonia’s Betsy Barlett, who was zero for six from 3-point range and no points until the last second, buried a 3-pointer from near the right corner to lift the Lady Eagles past the Lady Pioneers, 35-33, in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament here Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Pioneers, 8-point losers to the Lady Eagles back in December, led much of the second half and looked like they were going to win this defensive struggle.