The Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen gave their fans a season-opener to remember Sunday on Lyon College’s Scots Field.
The Highwaymen defeated the Colorado Khaos 2-1 when Tanner Ring singled in Joey Barnett in the 10th inning.
Barnett reached with a flare to short right field that fell between the second baseman and right fielder, and then the Cave City High School product sprinted to second when the Colorado fielders hesitated, waiting to see who was going to pick the ball up.
SEARCY — Batesville Citizens Bank scored 29 runs while sweeping Searcy B&B Oil in a season-opening Junior American League baseball doubleheader here Thursday.
The 12-10 and 17-5 victories also gave the Bankers a 2-0 start in Zone 2 foes. They will try to add on Saturday when they travel to Mountain Home to take on Hopper Environmental Services in another Zone 2 doubleheader.
A football camp is set to begin Monday at Batesville High, according to information provided by the school.
The first session of the Pioneer Trailblazer football camp is slated to get under way Monday at 8 a.m. in Pioneer Stadium. It lasts until noon. The first session of the non-contact camp is for players entering fourth through sixth grades and will conclude June 9. The costs are $55 if preregistered (before Friday) or $65 on the day of the camp.
First and foremost, their coach said, the Batesville Pioneers got through high school spring football practices without any serious injuries.
“And that’s job one,” Dave King said.
Pioneers and their fans know that King doesn’t put as much value on the 10 days of fully-padded, full-contact practices allowed by the Arkansas Activities Association as some coaches.
“I think it’s a good thing; a positive thing for the kids, but we just don’t put that much stock in it,” he said.
LOCUST GROVE — Shhh. Don’t tell Mother Nature, but the Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to race Friday night.
That’s something that hasn’t happened much this season as rain has forced the cancellation of more than half of the originally-scheduled events, including the first inaugural Bad Boy 98, set for May 20-21.
With only a 10-percent chance of rain Friday, the odds are good points racing will take place for jut the third time this season.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer held off Edward Littlejohn to win the street division Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Steve Mark Simpson finished third in the division.
Tracy Crossen was quicker down the strip than Don Stitcher in the foot brake division and Melvin Bake settled for third.
In the super pro division, Bobby Hill beat Bobby Hooker and William Runyan.
Dylan Kick took the top spot in the junior dragster division with Corey Andrews and Hannah Hodge in tow.
Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins this morning announced spots are still available for the Lyon College basketball camps, which begin Monday.
Elementary and middle school campers go next week and junior and senior high boys are set for the week of June 13.
The camps will take place in Becknell Gymnasium, which has newly-installed air conditioning.
Cecilia and John Vinson shot a final-round 8-under-par 64 to win The Course at Eagle Mountain Couples Tournament on Sunday.
The Vinsons and four other couples were tied after shooting rounds of 69 on Saturday. One of those were Sissy and Tommy Ford. They finished second with a 137. The teams of Debra and Danny Bell, Mary Ann and David Bell, Lorie and Ed Pinckard, and Jana and Gary Vinson tied for third with 138s.
Here are the top three in the remaining flights:
Flight 2 — Carol and Mark McGrew, 146; Alicia and John Thurman, 147; Verona and Gary Bebow, 148
LONOKE — If you’re looking for fierce competition this weekend, look no further than the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program state championship. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission program winds down with the state championship Friday and Saturday at the Remington firing range in Lonoke.
Whatever happens with Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams, it will happen in a hurry.
The Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors, Batesville’s Junior Legion representatives, are scheduled to open their season Thursday in Searcy with the first of 15 doubleheaders. The Zone 2 Tournament, the first step in the postseason, is set to begin July 3.
Billy Brannon, an all-district outfielder-pitcher for the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles, signed earlier this month to attend Crowley’s Ridge College and play baseball for the Pioneers.
Brannon, 6-foot-4, 175 pounds and a 2-year starter in Hillcrest’s outfield, has been accepted to the University of Arkansas-Monticello, but decided to start his college education at the 4-year school in Paragould for a number of reasons.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Triangle Sports, a change in its usual meeting location, said Micah Beard, vice president.
Brian Johnson and Dennis Scoggin teamed to win the club’s last tournament, held May 14 on Bull Shoals Lake. They weighed in 15.75 pounds.
Jim Starzy and Michael McDaniel caught 8.15 pounds for second place and B.J. Liles and Nick Reynolds had 7.21 pounds for third place.
Liles and Reynolds weighed in the biggest bass, of the day, a 5.09-pounder.