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.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Sports Banquet for senior high athletes is scheduled for Tuesday night at 5:30 in the middle school cafeteria, said Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
No admission will be charged. The school is providing the meal, but Fowler said, “We are asking the parents of our senior high athletes to provide a dessert.”
After a rainy weekend, and with rain still falling this morning, the status of district tournaments and regular-season high school baseball and softball games was very much up in the air at press time.
Three changes were confirmed, and they involve a state track and field meet and a college conference golf tournament.
The Class 4A State Track and Field Meet, originally scheduled for Saturday at Pocahontas High School, will now be held at Heber Springs High School. The day and starting time has not been changed. Southside is the circulation area participant.
CAVE CITY — The Southside Southerners overcame six errors and held off a pesky Lonoke squad to advance in the Class 4A-2 District Tournament here Friday.
Southside won 10-9 and advanced to take on Heber Springs. Saturday’s game was halted by rain midway through the first inning with the Southerners ahead 2-0. When the tournament will be resumed is to be determined.
McKENZIE, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots split a doubleheader with the Bethel Wildcats as the teams wrapped up a season-ending TranSouth Athletic Conference series here Friday.
Lyon took the opener 2-0. Bethel collected an 8-3 decision in the finale.
In the opener, the Scots scored both of their runs in the top of the fourth inning. Michael Armenteros reached base with one out as the Wildcat pitcher Jacob Hatchel misplayed a grounder. Armenteros then stole second and took third on Hatchel’s balk.
CAVE CITY — The Heber Springs Lady Panthers upset the top-seeded Southside Lady Southerners, but the most upset was Southside Coach Fred Denison Jr.
Denison said the game should never have been played in the conditions. Heber Springs won 21-6 in seven innings, scoring 10 of those runs in the final frame.
“This game was an absolute debacle. By the end of the third inning, the field was a mess. I asked the umpires in the top of the fourth if we were going to continue, and the response I got was ‘just because there ain’t no sunshine don’t mean we stop the game,’” Denison said.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their seventh 5A-East District championship in a row here Thursday, winning five individual titles and two relay crowns along the way.
The Lady Pioneers rolled up 217 points and finished 112 points in front of the second-place Blytheville Lady Chickasaws.
“The girls really performed well,” Lady Pioneer Coach Stuart Smith said. “I was very, very pleased. We qualified a good number for the state meet, and we came close to getting a bunch more. We had several really close fifth places.”