JONESBORO — For now, Batesville Citizens Bank holds the title.
The Bankers defeated Jonesboro Sports Academy Seams 8-4 here Monday night, taking the lead in the 1A American Legion baseball Zone 2 standings with two more regular-season games remaining.
Tonight, they host Searcy B&B Oil, which handed the Bankers their only zone loss. Wednesday, they’ll host the Seams.
The Bankers are 7-1 in the zone, 16-4 overall and winners of eight in a row.
The Seams fell to 5-2 and 15-9.
The 54th Annual Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Classic is scheduled to begin tonight at the University of Arkansas with a baseball doubleheader.
Soccer games are also set for 6 and 8 tonight. There are no representatives from the Guard-circulation area on those three rosters. The first representation is in Wednesday’s softball doubleheader at the new Bogle Park.
American Legion baseball: Batesville Citizens Bank at Jonesboro, doubleheader, 5 p.m.; Batesville Atlas Asphalt at Blytheville, doubleheader, 5:30
American Legion baseball: Searcy at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.; Batesville Atlas Asphalt at Searcy, doubleheader, 5
American Legion baseball: Jonesboro at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.
The Pioneer All-Star Soccer Camp is set for July 6-8, announced Batesville High Coach TJ Stroud, the camp director.
The morning camp (8-11) is for girls and boys entering grades 2 through 6 and costs $55. A non-refundable $25 deposit is due by June 30 to preregister. The balance is due on the camper’s arrival. The late registration fee is $65. A registration is scheduled beginning at 7 a.m. on July 6, the first day of camp.
NEWPORT — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen feel better about their chances after going 3-2 and finishing third in the George Kell Wooden Bat Classic here over the weekend.
At least that’s how Coach Tony Roepcke said he was feeling during a telephone interview this morning.
“You might think we would feel bad coming out of this tournament, but I’m really optimistic,” he said. “Defensively, we’re playing better and we got some really good pitching performances. I’m excited to see what we can do in the zone the rest of the way.”
LOCUST GROVE — Kevin Salter finished first and second Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
The win came in the street stock feature and he was runner-up to Shawn Walsh in the modified class.
In the street stock division, Raymond King and Richie Tosh finished second and third, respectively. Brandon Smith was behind Salter in the modified feature.
PARAGOULD — Batesville Citizens Bank jumped to first-inning leads and never trailed while sweeping a Zone 2 American Legion doubleheader from Paragould RC Cola here Friday.
The Bankers scored two runs in the opening frame of the first game, padded their advantage to 6-0 in the second inning and won 6-2.
In the 5-inning nightcap, the Bankers scored three in the first inning while winning 8-3. RC Cola closed to within one run twice (3-2 and 4-3) before the Bankers closed them out with unanswered 2-run frames in the fourth and fifth.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Paul Mainieri can’t think of a thing he would change about the way his LSU Tigers are playing at the College World Series.
LSU used an impressive show of power and pitching to win Bracket 1 with a 14-5 victory over Arkansas on Friday. The Tigers hit four home runs, raising their CWS total to nine in three games, and Anthony Ranaudo bounced back from a subpar outing to throw six shutout innings.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arizona State Coach Pat Murphy calls him “Carrot Top” and “Red.”
Right now, you can just call Kole Calhoun red hot.
Calhoun hit a game-tying grand slam and the go-ahead double on Thursday night in a 12-5 victory that eliminated North Carolina at the College World Series.
The junior left fielder has homered in three straight games and driven in 10 runs, a surge that would have been unfathomable for Calhoun at midseason.
Now he’s a major reason the Sun Devils are one of two teams remaining in Bracket 2.
CALICO ROCK — Calico Rock will host its first annual trout fishing tournament from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the White River in conjunction with the Bootlegger Daze festival, said publicist Ric Moser.
All fishermen are welcome to try their luck at two $500 first prizes, one for the heaviest fish, and one for the heaviest stringer. Second prizes of $250, and third prizes of $150 will also be awarded in each category. Prize amounts are based on 100 paid registrations.