OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Megan Langenfeld wasn’t about to let a blistered pinkie stop her from leading UCLA to its 11th NCAA softball title.
After overcoming an arm injury and a tweaked hamstring, using super glue to patch together the injured finger on her pitching hand was a no-brainer.
Langenfeld homered for the third time in two games and led UCLA to its first title in six years with a 15-9 victory over Arizona on Tuesday night.
The Jonesboro Fat City Swamp Cats showed they can hit while taking a 16-10, Zone 2 Junior American Legion baseball victory over the Batesville Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors at the North Complex on Tuesday.
It revealed something else, too, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said.
“To their credit, they are a good hitting team,” he said. “Our pitchers, however, in the early to middle innings game fell behind, and that makes them even better hitters. With a 2-0 pitch, they’re sitting on a fastball. We can’t fall behind like that against a team like Jonesboro.”
SYLAMORE — The Sylamore Ranger District will host its annual fishing derby, a free event for children 4-12, on Saturday at Mirror Lake, district wildlife biologist Kathryn Furr said.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the accessible parking area on the north end of the lake.
“Children must be registered to be entered into the prize raffle,” Furr said. “They also must be accompanied by a responsible adult.”
Mirror Lake will be closed from noon Thursday through noon Saturday in order to set up for the derby and complete it, Furr said.
The Guard sports department’s policies regarding the publication of youth league baseball, tee-ball and softball scores and highlights, ordinarily published under the headings “Sandlot Summary” or “Sandlot,” include the following:
The deadline for submitting scores and other information at the Guard sports desk is 1 p.m. the day after the game.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Athletic Awards Banquet was held recently and Sami Hallowell and Michael Smith were the top award winners.
Hallowell was named Miss Southerner and Smith won the Mr. Southerner honor. The Mr. and Miss Southerner awards are voted on by students and a committee of coaches and administrators. The number of sports played, character, attitude and dedication to the advancement of the athletic program as a student athlete is the criteria used for the selection process.
NEWARK — Cedar Ridge Coach Stephen Gould has resigned his position as head basketball coach to pursue a career at Ozarka College in Melbourne.
Gould, who lives in Melbourne, said the 90 miles of driving to and from Newark every day was tough and would be even more demanding soon.
“We’ve got a baby coming and I want to get closer to home,” Gould said. “During the basketball season, it was after midnight several times before I got home.”
Melbourne High School has a coaching vacancy and Gould said he thought about applying.
FAYETTEVILLE — With both pitching staffs running on fumes, this had the makings of a slugfest — until University of Arkansas’ TJ Forrest took the mound.
Forrest pitched into the sixth inning on two days of rest, and the Razorbacks beat the Washington State Cougars 7-2 Monday night for the championship of the Fayetteville Regional.
The 49-14 Hogs advanced to a super regional at top-seeded Arizona State, which will begin Saturday.
“It all started with TJ on the mound,” Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said. “We got off to a good start, we had the lead and it was our night.”
The Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors hit their way past the Northeast Arkansas Cyclones for a Junior American Legion season-opening baseball victory at the North Complex on Friday.
Twice, Ryan Coles belted 2-out, game-tying, 2-run home runs, then Luke Tate ripped a go-ahead, 2-out, 2-run triple in the fourth inning and the Doctors didn’t trail again.
The final score in the opener was 12-6. That one gave the Doctors a 1-0 record in Zone 2. They also rallied to win the 5-inning nightcap 7-6, which doesn’t count in the zone.
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes won one team title in a triangular swim meet here Saturday at the Batesville North Complex pool.
The boys team downed the Mountain Home Hurricanes. The Stone County boys placed third.
Mountain Home took the girls team title, followed by ICYAA and Stone County.
Listed below are the Torpedoes who finished in the top eight (times are listed with winners):
LOCUST GROVE — It was a good weekend for Richie Tosh at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Tosh followed Thursday’s TrackTek Spring Street Stock Nationals championship with a feature win in a late model Friday and then the Matt Sturch Memorial street stock championship Saturday.
He also ran ninth in the IMCA Modifieds feature on Friday.
Tosh won the first of seven qualifying heat races on Friday night, but settled for last place in the 7-car, 7-lap dash for the pole. As a result, Tosh started in seventh place in the 27-car, 40-lap main event.
MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School is again searching for a head football coach.
Tim Massey, the school’s athletic director, confirmed Thursday that Coach Larry Treadway has decided to return to Walnut Ridge High School, where he had coached the previous five years. Treadway had accepted the position at Melbourne and the hiring was approved by the Melbourne School Board on May 24.
“Coach Treadway told me Walnut Ridge had offered him a package he couldn’t refuse,” Massey said.
It took a while for the Citizens Bankers to get going, but Batesville’s A American Legion baseball team eventually took control at the North Complex on Thursday.
The final result was a 10-6, season-opening Zone 2 victory over the Trumann Post 42 Wildcats. The Wildcats came into the game with a 3-1 record in the zone and 5-3 record overall.
Early, it looked like the Wildcats might wear out the Bankers. The visitors scored three runs in the first inning and led 5-3 after three and a half innings. It all turned in the bottom of the fourth.