SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners made short work of the Cave City Cavewomen in a Class 4A-2 District softball game Thursday.
It was the first-ever conference meeting between the Highway 167 rivals, but was short-lived as the home team collected a 16-1 victory in three innings.
Cave City scored its run in the top of the first inning and Southside answered with 10 and then six in the second.
The 16 runs came on only seven hits, but Southside was issued 10 free passes.
Meanwhile, Haley Mourer allowed four hits and struck out five in three innings of work.
Lyon College senior softball player Kristi Kelley was the hero of the afternoon following a bloop single in the bottom of the ninth, helping the Scots to a walk-off victory over the Bethel Lady Wildcats.
In the opening game of a 4-3 and 7-5 sweep, Erica Whitaker was standing at third base and Cassie Wolfe on second when Kelley dropped a single just over the Bethel second baseman. Whitaker had no trouble crossing the plate to solidify the win for the Scots, 4-3.
GUY — Sydney Harlan hit four for five with a triple, three runs batted in and two runs scored to lead the Concord Lady Pirates past the Guy-Perkins Lady Thunderbirds 9-6 in a 1A-2 South District softball game here Wednesday.
Jaycie Freeman and Mary Thompson added two hits apiece for the winners. Freeman drove in three runs.
Harlan also pitched the win, scattering seven hits and walking two while striking out six.
Concord improved to 5-2 in the district and 9-4 overall.
SOUTHSIDE — Jace Dunnegan slapped a solo home run in the third inning to finish off the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves as the Southside Southerners collected a 15-0, run-rule shortened victory over here Wednesday.
Dunnegan’s shot capped a 6-run inning and was the second Southside homer in the game. In an 8-run first, Jacob Rawlings sent a no-doubter grand slam over the right-center field fence.
Colby Sutton hit two for three for the 9-7 Southerners, and Dalton Little pitched a 3-inning no-hitter with three strikeouts.
Cave City star Rachel Roebuck signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns during a special ceremony Wednesday morning in the Cave City High School gymnasium.
Roebuck said choosing between Lyon, Williams Baptist and Arkansas Tech was an easy choice.
“My visit there was amazing. They treated me so well. I had a meeting with the coach the first time down there and fell in love with their program,” Roebuck said. “They have everything that I was looking for — both in volleyball and education.”
It’s what Shelby Winkle did for her teammates that her coach will always remember, and that’s part of what made her a selection to the Class 5A All-State team.
“With her work and aggressiveness, she makes everyone around her work 10 times harder,” Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said. “That’s what stands out more than anything else.”
LOCUST GROVE — The forecast doesn’t look favorable, but, for now, points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway is a go for Friday night.
The weatherman says there’s a 70-percent chance of severe thunderstorms today and a continued 40-percent chance of rain through Friday morning.
If racing is able to take place, fans will be treated to late model, IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive action.
Roger Witt, Andrew Witt, Shawn Walsh, Aaron Carr and Adam Maple were feature winners in last week’s season-opener.
Eight Guard-circulation area athletes were named to all-state basketball rosters and only one is a returner.
Concord senior Casey Gorecke collected her second straight all-state nod while Southside senior Dalton Littleton, Cave City senior Jessica Hall, Cedar Ridge senior TaQuila Hunt and juniors Clayton Butler and Luke Henderson, Concord freshman Jacob Roark and Midland junior Kerstie Bumpous are the first-timers.
Gorecke averaged 18.5 points, 12 rebounds and four steals per game for the Lady Pirates.
MAYFIELD, Ky. — The Lyon College Scots split a TranSouth Athletic Conference softball doubleheader with the Mid-Continent Lady Cougars here Tuesday.
In the nightcap, MCU (11-14, 4-18) scored three runs in the fifth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and collect a 4-1 victory. It avenged a comeback by Lyon (15-20, 7-13) in the opener.
Lyon trailed 3-0 after five innings, but rallied with three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to take the lid-lifter 6-4.
BALD KNOB — Southside Lady Southerners won four events at the Bald Knob Bulldog Relays here Tuesday.
Ashlynne King led the way with two victories. She won the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 5.25 inches and the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.1 seconds.
The other Southside blue ribbons came in field events. Tiffany Middleton won the pole vault by clearing the bar at 7-6, and Kaylee Rich won the high jump with a 4-8 effort.
Bald Knob’s girls and Augusta’s boys won the team titles.
Listed below are the rest of Southside’s scoring results:
MARSHALL — Michelle Arnold and Cassie Smith combined to pitch a no-hitter as the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz made short work of the Marshall Lady Bobcats here Tuesday afternoon.
Melbourne started the Class 3A 1-East District softball game with a 5-run first inning and then unloaded for 14 runs in the second. They added two more in the third before leaving with a 22-0, run-ruled victory.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Skylar Litaker continued his dominance on the mound as the Midland Mustangs collected a key victory in the Class 1A 2-South District here Tuesday.
Midland defeated South Side Bee Branch 10-0 in five innings as Litaker pitched a shutout, improved to 7-0 and lowered his earned run average to 0.69. He gave up only three hits, walked one and struck out nine in five innings.
“This was a big conference win for us and puts us in the lead for the conference title,” Midland Coach Donnie Branscum said.