TOKYO — If Japan has a field of dreams, it’s a well-groomed patch of grass and dirt called Koshien.
Twice a year, high school baseball teams compete at the field outside Kobe in nationally televised tournaments that rivet the country. Last week, at the start of the spring tournament, a teen stood on a podium in front of home plate and made a speech watched by millions, with a dignity and conviction some Japanese find lacking in their leaders as the nation confronts its earthquake and tsunami calamity.
The Lyon College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its four newest members during a ceremony Saturday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
They are basketball standout Dr. Freddie Avant, baseball stars Elbert Lindsey and Patrick Kircher and former baseball coach and athletic director Kirk Kelley.
Nicki Sharp, Bonnie Burrow, Penny Lewis and the Triangle Cafe recently took home top money from the Batesville Women’s Bowling Association’s City Tournament at Hollywood Bowl, according to a news release from the association.
Sharp won the singles title with a 702 series. The was followed by Jennifer Cookson (701), Pam Kitsmiller (692), Gina Mynatt (689), Yvonne Satterwhite (680) and Mary Clark (676).
We’ll see if today’s start of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic is longer lasting.
On a rainy Saturday morning, after the small school division of the annual high school baseball tournament had already been shortened to a single-elimination event, the opener was stopped after three innings of play. Salem led McCrory 7-3.
That game is scheduled to resume this afternoon at 3:30 on the American Legion Field at the North Complex. At the same time, Cedar Ridge will take on Midland on the Babe Ruth Field.
Baseball is a game of inches.
While sometimes the most overused saying in the sport, it rang true Friday afternoon during the second game of a TranSouth Athletic Conference doubleheader between Lyon and Mid-Continent.
With two outs and two on base in the bottom of the seventh and the Scots trailing the visitors, 1-0, power hitter Kyle Kallsnick stepped to the plate. Standing on second was Ryan Vericker and Roger Glaude waited on first, hoping for fireworks from the big bat.
NEWPORT — The Cave City Cavemen lost their third and fourth high school baseball games in a row, and there was something familiar about the way it happened here Thursday.
The Newport Greyhounds swept the 4A-2 District doubleheader, winning 11-0 in five innings and rallying to win the nightcap 7-6.
After a shaky start, the Batesville Pioneers collected a run-ruled, 12-2 high school baseball victory over the Highland Rebels at the North Complex on Thursday.
The Rebels jumped to a 2-0 lead in their first at-bat, thanks to two hit batters, an error and a wild pitch.
“We gave the kids Tuesday and Wednesday off, completely,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “They deserved a break — it is their spring break — but it showed a little bit there at the beginning. After that, they got their wheels back under them.”
The coach of the team with the most First Community Bank Pioneer Classic small school division championships kept it simple when asked about this year’s edition of the tournament.
“Loaded,” Cave City Coach Jamie King said.
The tournament’s first pitch is set for 10 Saturday morning at the North Complex. The McCrory Jaguars will take on the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles on the American Legion field while the Southside Southerners and Salem Greyhounds meet on the Babe Ruth Field in the opening games.
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State baseball team scored nine unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to roll to a 12-5, nonconfernece baseball win over Lyon College Wednesday night at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
The game was a late entry on the schedule, created when ASU lost a home game with Missouri State to rain earlier this month.
The win put the Red Wolves back to .500 on the season at 11-11 while Lyon took its 16th loss of the campaign, falling to 12-16.
Lyon College senior softball player Kristi Kelley swiped four bases on a windy Wednesday, helping the Scots pick up a doubleheader sweep over TranSouth Athletic Conference opponent Mid-Continent at House Field.
Kelley picked up a steal in the first game, eventually scored, and the Scots squeaked by the pesky Cougars 3-2.
In the second contest, Kelley stole three bases, reaching base on three hits and scoring three times, as the Scots top Mid-Continent 7-5.
NEWARK — The deadline to register for Newark’s summer baseball, softball and tee-ball leagues is April 2, according to a news release from Kevin Arms.
Registration forms can be picked up at the Newark Elementary School office, according to Arms.
NEWPORT — Drag racers Don Holcomb, Patrick Nephew and Ray Lawrence won here Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Holcomb won the street division title. Bryon Batchelar finished second. Gary Spicer placed third.
Following Nephew in the footbrake division were Jerry Taylor and Don Stitcher.
William Runyan finished behind Lawrence in the super pro class.