The Batesville Scrappers are state champions.
Batesville’s 10-year-old All-Star baseball team won the North Arkansas State Tournament with a 6-1 decision over Washington County on Monday night at Fitzhugh Park.
The victory secures a trip to the Cal Ripken All-Stars Southwest Regional Tournament in Abbeville, La., near the Gulf of Mexico in south central Louisiana.
To punch the ticket, Batesville rolled through the tournament it hosted and was only threatened once. That happened Sunday, but Washington County finally succumbed, 5-4.
FAYETTEVILLE — No Razorback’s stock soared higher from November to spring football practice and plummeted lower during spring drills than Dennis Johnson’s.
So it’s encouraging for Johnson and the Razorbacks’ running game to hear Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino now mentioning the running back’s name in a positive vein.
Opportunities for Batesville athletes who missed the initial sessions for physicals are being offered Tuesday at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m., Batesville Coach Stu Smith announced.
The make-up physicals are available for junior and senior high athletes and are being conducted at the Pioneer Stadium fieldhouse.
Cal Ripken baseball: 9-year old North Arkansas State Tournament in Pocahontas — Batesville vs. Harrison-Bentonville Black loser, 3 p.m.; 10-year old North Arkansas State Tournament at Fitzhugh Park — Washington County vs. Jonesboro in loser’s bracket final, 5 p.m., Batesville vs. Washington County-Jonesboro winner for championship, 7; 8-year old North Arkansas State Tournament in Pea Ridge — Batesville vs. Siloam Springs, 7:30
PARAGOULD — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen began the American Legion Zone 2 Tournament with a 3-1 win over Mountain Home here Friday. It was a pitcher’s duel that saw Mountain Home’s Cody Woodhouse and Batesville’s Talan Roepcke battle it out, each throwing all nine innings.
“It was obvious when we came out that Woodhouse was going to have good stuff. He stuck out two in each of the first and second innings,” Coach Roepcke said. “We knew we’d have to get a run at a time against him.”
LOCUST GROVE — Friday night’s Factory Stock Shoot-Out was sponsored by the Chrome Shop in Bald Knob, but the slogan for the way it ended was something you might hear in a Dairy Queen commercial.
It was “DQ country” at the Batesville Motor Speedway, with several of the top finishers in the main event being disqualified for not passing the post-race inspection.
Batesville’s 10-year-old all-stars are in favorable position to win the North Arkansas State Tournament after a perfect weekend at Fitzhugh Park.
On Friday, Batesville defeated Paragould 15-5 in four innings. That was followed with a 9-2 win over Springdale on Saturday and a 5-4 squeaker against Washington County in the winner’s bracket final on Sunday.
Against Paragould, Zach Griffin pitched the first two innings and then let Brady Smith and Trent Swaim mop us the rest with an inning each.
The Lyon College girls basketball camp concluded Wednesday evening with an awards cermony.
Listed below are the winners by age division:
Ballhandling — Shyanne Price, Cave City
Free throws — Natalie Glenn, Hillcrest
Hot shot — Glenn, Hillcrest
3-pointers — Maddie Van Winkle, Cave City
Obstacle course — Hannah Dilday, Tuckerman
2-on-2 — Mara Caudell, California, Mo. and Dilday, Tuckerman
Hustle — Megan Jernigan, McAlester, Okla.
Cal Ripken baseball: 10-year-old North Arkansas State Tournament at Fitzhugh Park — Jonesboro vs. Mountain Home, 3 p.m., Van Buren vs. Washington County, 5, Batesville vs. Paragould, 7; 8-year-old North Arkansas State Tournament in Pea Ridge — Batesville vs. Bentonville Gold, 4:30, vs. Randolph County, 7:45; 11-year-old North Arkansas State Tournament in Ozark — Batesville vs. Siloam Springs, 6; 9-year-old State Tournament in Pocahontas — Batesville vs. Pocahontas, 7
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Running back Michael Smith is Arkansas’ only representative on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference first team selected by league coaches.
The league announced the picks Thursday. Smith rushed for 1,072 yards last season.
Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams is on the second team, along with defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard. Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus is on the third team.
Petrus was ineligible early last season and ended up redshirting.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Mark Martin is proving age is nothing but a number.
Or in his case a few numbers.
The 50-year-old Martin has four victories this season, more than any driver in Sprint Cup.
His win Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway bumped him to 11th in the points standings. Though he still insists he’s driving for fun and for wins, and not points, Martin is a legitimate contender to stay in the top 12 and compete for the Chase for the championship over the season’s final 10 races.
The number that does not define him is 0.
LOCUST GROVE — Andy Carpenter has been able to lay low lately because of the impressive lead he’s built in the factory stock division at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
All that will go out the window Friday night when the Chrome Shop Factory Stock Shoot-Out takes place at the local dirt track. The BMS regulars should be accompanied by some of the best in the area for the first event of its kind.
You can bet Carpenter won’t go away quietly because the 35-lap main event pays $750, far more than what a weekly show pays out.