CAVE CITY — No rebuilding needed here, Jason Hughes said Monday night.
Hughes was recently hired to step in for Russell Fowler as head coach for Cave City Cavewomen basketball. At the same school board meeting, Fowler’s resignation was accepted. Fowler’s 20 senior high teams posted a record of 421-224, winning eight regular-season district championships and nine district tournament titles and region titles and made one state finalist appearance. Three other Cavewomen teams reached the final four.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers improved their softball record to 3-0 Monday night at the North Complex with a 14-13, come-from-behind extra-inning victory over the Newport Lady Greyhounds, and they stretched the laws of probability while doing it.
Trailing 9-0 after one and a half innings, the Lady Pioneers slowly got themselves back into contention, appeared to give that chance away, and then won with an unlikely-looking 4-run eighth-inning.
The Lyon College baseball schedule was shuffled a bit over the weekend.
Sunday’s single game at Spring Hill (Mobile, Ala.) was changed into a doubleheader today while Wednesday’s single game with Mobile University was moved to a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Also, the Scots have added a single home game with College of the Ozarks for March 15.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners opened their season with a 16-8 win over the Newport Lady Greyhounds here Friday.
Southside scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning, but a solo run in the third and a grand slam by Ashton Madden in the fourth made it 5-5. Southside responded with an 8-run burst in its half of the fourth, added another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Newport sent three across in the sixth.
CLINTON — The Cave City Cavemen split with the Clinton Yellowjackets in a 4A-2 District doubleheader here Friday.
The Cavemen took the opener 14-2 as Joe Barnett started and provided three and two-thirds innings of 1-hit pitching. He struck out four and walked none.
For Cave City’s offense, Seth Foreman hit two for three and scored two runs, and Taylor Milligan added two hits and two runs batted in.
CONWAY — The Lyon Scots softball team won two of four games in the Central Baptist College Tournament II here over the weekend.
On Friday, the Scots beat Louisiana State-Alexandria 8-2 and lost to Southern Nazarene University 6-0. On Saturday, they edged Rogers State 5-4 in 8 innings and lost to Oklahoma City University 10-2.
Against LSU-Alexandria, the Scots unloaded for five runs in the sixth inning to pull away. That was highlighted by a bases-loaded triple by Megan Reen.
Considering the conditions, it was a good opening-day performance for the Batesville Pioneer high school baseball team, Coach Mark Rush said after a 14-4, run-ruled victory over the Newport Greyhounds on a wet North Complex field Friday evening.
The end of Batesville’s linescore held the most-telling figure. The Pioneers committed “0” errors.
At the same spot on Newport’s line was the number that killed the Greyhounds — “8” errors.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots’ basketball season ended here Friday night with a 76-49 loss to the No. 1 Union Lady Bulldogs in the semifinals of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Union improved to 30-1 and will play second-seeded Bethel tonight for the championship. No. 6 Bethel knocked off third-seeded and No. 7 Freed-Hardeman 62-52.
Lyon, the fifth seed, ended its season with an 18-14 record.
PARAGOULD — Batesville High School’s soccer teams each posted 2-1 records during their opening weekend and finished second to Jonesboro High in the Paragould Invitational Tournament.
In Friday’s opening round, the Lady Pioneers and Pioneers each defeated teams from Southside by 5-0 scores
Lainey Rumans led the Lady Pioneers with three goals. Erin Richards and Kayla Davis provided the other goals.
The Lady Pioneers recorded 17 shots, and they didn’t allow a shot on defense.
PULASKI, Tenn. — The Lyon College Scots’ season came to an end with an 89-61 loss to the top-seeded Martin Methodist RedHawks in the quarterfinal round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Scots finished the season 9-21 overall and a 2-15 record in the TSAC.
“It wasn’t the way we wanted to go out, but you have to give Martin Methodist credit. They played well,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “There were too many things where pressure got to us. It could have really gotten out of control, but we hung in there and fought to the end.”
HEBER SPRINGS — An 11-0 run in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough for the Southside Lady Southerners to get by the Gentry Lady Pioneers in the opening round of the Class 4A State Tournament here Thursday afternoon.
“We made an incredible run at them late. The way the pace of the game changed and the way the momentum swung our way, I thought we would overtake them and have a great comeback victory, but it just didn’t pan out,” Southside Coach Malcolm Long said.
NEWARK — Millicent Talley hit the winning 2-run double in the fifth inning and shined at third base as the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves opened their season with a 5-4 high school softball victory.
With Tuckerman leading 4-2 in the fifth, Tosha Lovell tripled and scored on Laken McCoy’s single, Teia Moore pushed McCoy to third with a single and, after Moore stole second, Talley hit the winner.
“No doubt, Millicent Talley was the defensive and offensive player of the game,” Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said of the junior.