WALNUT RIDGE — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz dodged a bullet or two here Wednesday while winning the 2A-2 District Tournament high school softball championship.
“They had us on the ropes several times,” Melbourne Coach Mike Watson said after the Lady ’Katz fended of the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves for a 4-3 victory.
And it started early.
Call the trio of Batesville Pioneers who signed Wednesday to play baseball and get their higher education at Lyon College, my son plus two.
They are Talan Roepcke, the son of Lyon Coach Tony Roepcke, Will Lindsey and Preston Smith. They’ve grown up together around the Roepcke household and the Lyon baseball family.
“I’ve coached this group of boys (in summer leagues) since they were seven years old,” Coach Roepcke said. “Just the level of integrity that they bring, and that’s just from being good people, that, by itself, is important for our program.”
The Southside Pee Wee Volleyball Camp is scheduled for May 25-27, Southside Coach David Shilkitus announced.
The 3-day camp is for girls in third through sixth grade and will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day.
Campers will be introduced to the game of volleyball in a fun, friendly environment and will be taught by members of the Southside High School Lady Southerner volleyball team, Shilkitus said.
The camp will focus on learning the basic skills of the sport such as serving, passing, setting and hitting and the rules of the game, followed by scrimmages.
WALNUT RIDGE — Cedar Ridge and Melbourne are set to meet in the Class 2A-2 District Tournament this evening after each team won semifinal games here Tuesday.
Cedar Ridge rallied to beat Midland 6-5 and Melbourne made short work of Cotter 12-1 in five innings.
The top-seeded Lady Bearkatz (17-4) scored three runs in the first inning, two in the third and seven in the fourth while Cotter managed one in the top of the third.
Maggie Jo Cooper earned the win. She pitched four innings and struck out four, walked two and allowed two hits. Michelle Arnold closed the fifth.
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PARAGOULD — Once again, the Paragould Lady Rams successfully blocked the Batesville Lady Pioneers’ entrance into the high school softball postseason.
Paragould’s 5-2 and 13-3 victories in a 5A-East District doubleheader erased the Lady Pioneers chances. A Batesville sweep would have put the Lady Pioneers in and the Lady Rams out. The top four teams advance to the state tournament.
Paragould has played a part in keeping the Batesville out of the postseason five straight years.
Paragould scored three in the first and one in the second and one in the fifth.
It’s not been a smooth ride, but the Batesville Pioneers are within sight of their planned destination.
The Batesville Pioneers positioned themselves for their first 5A-East District baseball championship in five years with a doubleheader sweep in their home finale at the North Complex Tuesday night. They held off late charges in both games while defeating the Paragould Rams 8-5 and 8-4.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Midland Lady Mustangs and Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves will square off again tonight in the semifinals of the 2A-2 District Tournament and someone will get the tiebreaker.
Monday night, the Lady Mustangs edged their hosts, the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats, 3-2 in eight innings, setting up the third meeting of the season with their longtime rivals.
Cedar Ridge took the first contest, winning 15-2 in Pleasant Plains on April 15. Just seven days ago, Midland evened things up when they won 6-4 in Newark.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Cave City Cavemen defeated the Yellville-Summit Panthers 10-0 in the semifinals of the Class 3A 1-East District Tournament here Monday, and then suffered a 16-6 loss to the Valley Springs Tigers in the championship game.
Against Yellville-Summit, Dalton Carpenter fired a 3-hitter, struck out three and walked three as he improved to 6-0.
Dalton Bell and Jacob Odom each hit two for three with three runs batted in. Tyler Booth collected a pair of hits.
Cave City senior Dalton Carpenter has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for the Lyon College Scots.
Carpenter, who signed this morning, said he also considered Oklahoma Wesleyan where former Lyon Coach Kirk Kelley now coaches. He chose Lyon because of its proximity to Cave City and his familiarity with Coach Tony Roepcke.
MELBOURNE — Clan Weatherford and Melanie Mead were overall winners here Saturday in the Pioneer Day 5K race.
Weatherford won the White River Roadrunners Series race in a time of 18 minutes, 33 seconds. Weatherford is the defending series and Pioneer Day champ.
Canisius Mbarushimana finished second to Weatherford with a time of 19:36.
Mead won the women’s title in 23:25. Ann Diemer finished just 11 seconds back.
Complete results were not available at press time. Here are the gender/age group winners and their times: