BROCKWELL — Kiersten Moore just missed pitching a no-hitter as she led the Viola Lady Longhorns to the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament championship over the Izard County Lady Cougars here Monday evening.
The freshman hurler was one out away from the no-hitter when Angel Englehardt found a gap to the right side. Undeterred, Moore battled Taylor Booth and charged a slap bunt then fired to first for the final out and a 4-0 victory.
Moore allowed only two hits during Viola’s three games in the region tournament, so she was an easy choice for the region’s most valuable player award.
BROCKWELL — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles will try their hand against the Viola Longhorns tonight in the championship game of the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament.
Viola has suffered only one loss this season. It came against Dora, Mo. Tonight’s championship game is a result of Viola defeating Sloan-Hendrix and Calico Rock in the first two rounds of the region tourney. Hillcrest knocked off Shirley and Norfork.
The Screamin’ Eagles made short work of the Blue Devils, taking an 11-0, run-ruled win.
BROCKWELL — The Izard County Lady Cougars earned a trip to the finals of the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament with a pair of wins over the weekend.
First, Izard County knocked off Norfork on Friday and then followed with a dramatic 8-7 win over Calico Rock in the semifinals.
Molly Taylor hit a walkoff 2-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap a 6-run inning and the come-form-behind victory.
Calico Rock looked poised to claim the win with a 7-2 lead midway through the final frame, but the tournament host had other ideas.
It was a day for sophomores and for sweeping an old nemesis.
Led by Landon Gillmore, Timmy Rush and Mason Neaville, the Batesville Pioneers defeated the Nettleton Raiders 4-3 and 12-3 in a 5A-East District baseball doubleheader Friday at the North Complex.
Gillmore limited the Raiders to one run in the first five innings of the opener.
Rush hit a 2-run, game-ending home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh in the same contest.
HOT SPRINGS — The Batesville Lady Pioneers scored more points, but they still lost ground.
The Lady Pioneers rang up 86 points here Thursday in the Class 5A State Track and Field Meet, but it was only good for third place. The Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals won with 114 points. The Crossett Lady Eagles finished second with 90.
About this time last spring, the Lady Cardinals scored 94 points to the second-place Lady Pioneers 71.5. With that, they stopped the Lady Pioneers’ run of track state championship at five.
Batesville Coach Stuart Smith summed it up well.
LOCUST GROVE — Workers were on the brink of getting Batesville Motor Speedway ready for racing action for the first time in almost a month, but a brief rain shower Thursday night stymied those efforts.
So, for the fourth weekend in a row, racing at BMS has been canceled. Not to dampen things further, but the extended forecast isn’t favorable for next Friday’s points racing. There’s a 60-percent chance of thunderstorms.
SALEM — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves went 1-1 in the 2A-2 District Tournament and earned another postseason date.
In an opener, the T-wolves scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Bradford Eagles. In a semifinal, they fell 7-5 to the Cotter Warriors.
Down 3-2 to Bradford going into bottom of the sixth inning, Bill Lewis singled in two runs and then scored on Michael Winston’s fielder’s choice.
Justin Lovell led the winners’ offense with two hits. Justin Keller struck out seven while pitching the win.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — The Lyon College softball season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Thursday afternoon as they dropped two games at the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
After falling into the losers bracket with a 4-3 decision on a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth by Union, the Scots were topped by Martin Methodist 2-1.
ACORN — Midland’s Destany Standard won the Class 1A State Track and Field Meet championship in the 800-meter run here Thursday.
Standard crossed the line in 2 minutes and 37 seconds. That was two seconds quicker than second-place Jasmine Jackson of Acorn.
Midland’s 1,600-meter relay team finished third. The team members are Standard, Colby Thomas, Kayla Wood and Kerstie Bumpous.
Bumpous earned points in the 400 (seventh) and high jump (eighth).
STRAWBERRY — The Izard County Lady Cougars overcame early struggles and took advantage of Hillcrest’s misfortune to win the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship 8-4 here Wednesday night.
After trailing 4-1 early, Izard County exploded for five runs in the fifth inning. The first two runs were earned as Molly Taylor belted a hanging curve ball over the left field fence.
“You hang ’em, she’ll bang ’em,” Hillcrest Coach Shawn Rose said of Taylor’s blast which pulled Izard County within one.
LYNN — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Izard County Cougars 3-1 to win the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship here Wednesday night.
It was a pitcher’s duel between Izard County’s Preston Harmon and Hillcrest’s Dylan Wooten. Each pitcher had a no-hitter going into the fourth inning. Wooten’s was broken up when Jake Dockins hit a slow roller to shortstop and beat out the throw in the top of the fourth. Harmon’s was halted in the bottom half of the same inning on Tyler Parker’s swinging bunt single toward third base.
WYNNE — The 5A-East District champions made quick work of the Batesville Lady Pioneers in a district doubleheader and regular-season finale.
With junior pitcher Claire Clark limiting Batesville to five hits for the night, the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets won the opener Wynne 8-0 and the nightcap 15-0 in a run-ruled three innings.
In the opener, Clark struck out 14, walked none, hit none and gave up three hits. In the second game, she struck out five, walked one, hit none and gave up two hits.