MELBOURNE — Spencer Caraway, a 6-foot-5 All-Star and Class 2A All-State basketball player from Melbourne High, recently committed to walking on at Arkansas State.
“I’ve talked with Coach Brady a lot,” Caraway said, referring to ASU Coach John Brady. “He believes they have a chance to win the Sun Belt (Conference title) and be really good the next few years. I had a chance to go other places, but I would like to be a part of that and be close to home.”
The Ozark Gaited Saddle Club is scheduled to host a pie and dessert auction tonight at 7 and its first points show of the season Saturday night.
The club’s point show is scheduled to start at 6. The arena is located on Highway 230, one mile west of Jamestown. Admission for spectators is $2.
The club hosts shows the third Saturday of each month through August.
For more information, call Sheri McBride at (870) 613-6445.
PADUCAH, Ky. — Cory Ford notched a 4-for-five day and the Lyon Scots collected 15 hits, but the Martin Methodist RedHawks scored three runs in the top of the ninth to earn a 9-6 victory on Wednesday in the TranSouth Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament at Brooks Field.
The loss eliminates Lyon from the tournament and marks the end of the line for seniors Nick Salahub, Zac Wallace, Evan Segler, Cody Harper and Sean Kilday. Martin Methodist (23-28) was eliminated Wednesday night by defending champion Union 11-5 in the loser’s bracket finals. Cumberland beat Union 14-5 Wednesday afternoon.
Here are capsules on state tournament opponents for Guard-circulation high school baseball teams. The tournament schedule is included in the “Sports calendar” below:
Pulaski Academy Bruins
Coach: Billy Adams
Key players: Sam Vogel, senior pitcher-first baseman-third baseman; Wil Nicks, senior pitcher-outfielder; Jackson Lowery, senior shortstop-catcher
The Batesville Pioneers and Greene County Tech Eagles got some but not all that they wanted Wednesday night in their twice postponed and relocated high school baseball doubleheader at the Batesville North Complex.
The Pioneers won the opener 12-2, clinching a share of the 5A-East District title and the district’s top seeding for the Class 5A State Tournament.
The Eagles rallied from 10 runs down in the nightcap, winning 12-11 and avoided falling into the district’s fourth and final seeding position for the state tourney.
NEWPORT — Newark’s Lonnie Allwhite won the foot brake division at Speedy’s Newport Dragway on Sunday, according to results provided to the Guard.
Allwhite was quicker than Ross Williams in the main event and Cave City’s Don Stitcher finished third.
The street division was won by Steve Simpson with Henry Stracner in tow.
Jeremy Odom took the top spot in the super pro division. Stephen Wilson and Luke Clay finished second and third, respectively.
Shane Hill was quickest down the line in the junior dragster division. Kandyce Clay was second.
LOCUST GROVE — There’s a 100-percent chance for thunder in the grove this weekend.
Whether it’s from thunderstorms or racing engines is to be determined.
Once again, the weather forecast doesn’t look promising for racing action at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
If the grove can dodge the rain, the Isle of Capri Late Model Series will race round two of the 5-round series on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s forecast calls for a 60-percent chance of thunderstorms. The chance drops to 50-50 on Saturday.
Five Guard-circulation area softball teams qualified for state tournaments, which are set to begin Friday.
Melbourne, Cedar Ridge and Midland will represent the North in the Class 2A State Tournament in Junction City and/or Norphlet.
Hillcrest and Izard County are the area’s Region 2 representatives for the Class 1A tournament, which is being played in Viola.
Melbourne, the top seed in the North is slated opposite Quitman, the fourth seed from the East in a noon showdown in Junction City.
PADUCAH, Ky. — The Lyon College Scots pounded out 16 hits and Josh McNatt pitched eight strong innings in a 12-5 elimination of the No. 6-seed Freed-Hardeman Lions on Tuesday in the losers bracket of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Aaron Thornton, Cory Ford and Kody Pinson smacked three hits apiece for the Scots (30-22), who advance to face Martin Methodist this afternoon at 3:30. Freed-Hardeman finished its season at 33-24.
Now, it’s another day and place.
The Batesville-Greene County Tech high school baseball doubleheader was postponed for the second time when an afternoon shower made the field unplayable at Bland Park in Paragould on Tuesday.
Now, the key two games in the 5A-East District will be played on the Pioneers’ home field at the Batesville North Complex because it did not get rained on. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., as originally scheduled.
BROCKWELL — It was enough to make anyone scream — winners and losers.
The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles lost a 3-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning here Tuesday night. About two and a half hours later, the Screamin’ Eagles lost the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament championship game.
The Viola Longhorns won it by a 5-4 score in the bottom of the 15th inning, a little more than four and half hours after the high school baseball game started.
“You don’t want to be on the losing end of one like that,” Coach Andy Durham said. “It was just such a tough loss.
MARKED TREE — For the third straight year, the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz are region champions in softball.
Their latest crown was awarded Tuesday after a 7-3 win against the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves.
Melbourne scored all the runs it would need in the third inning when it sent four in. A single run was added in the fifth and two more crossed in the sixth. All of Cedar Ridge’s runs came in the fifth.
The Lady Timberwolves’ rally was cut short by a base-running mistake between first and second on a fly ball to the outfield.