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:
HARRISON — Hot Springs Lakeside High School ended Batesville High’s soccer season here Friday in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament.
The Lady Rams defeated the Lady Pioneers 4-0. The Rams knocked out the Pioneers 5-0.
Lady Pioneer goalie Ariel Wann recorded 20 saves. Batesville’s stat sheet showed the Lady Rams took 37 shots.
PARAGOULD — A regular state champion took home a team title for the Class 5A State Track and Field Meet here Friday night. It just wasn’t the Batesville Lady Pioneers.
It was the Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals. They won the 2005 Class 5A state title. That’s when 5A was the state’s largest classification, and the same year the Lady Pioneers’ began their run of five straight state titles by winning the 4A crown.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners’ season ended with a 14-3, run-ruled loss to the Stuttgart Lady Ricebirds in the first round of the Class 4A-2 District Tournament.
“They got off to a good start. They were up 8-1 after two innings,” Southside Coach Fred Denison Jr. said. “They hit the ball well. In the first two innings, they had six hits, two doubles and we walked them twice. Basically, they outplayed us.”
Sami Hallowell and Lindsey Coe were each credited with two hits and a double for Southside.
The Lady Southerners closed their season with a 16-10 record.
LEBANON, Tenn. — The No. 2 Cumberland Bulldogs launched nine home runs and collected 34 hits to top the Lyon College Scots in a 14-10 and 16-8 sweep in TranSouth Athletic Conference doubleheader on Friday at Stockton Field.
Lyon (28-19, 8-9) had its 3-game winning streak snapped with the game-one loss. Cumberland (43-8, 14-2) has won 14 straight and hasn’t lost a league game since Apr. 3 against Bethel.
Emily Carroll still led the area school in track and field happenings in state meets, but she had close company from another senior.
Melbourne’s Carroll swept the distance races in the 2A state event in Mineral Springs on Friday, and she anchored the winning 3,200-meter relay team. Ashton Byram, Lori Beth Cooper and Olevia Wetzel ran the earlier legs.
Carroll defended the titles she won last year. She has also swept those events among Class A through 4A school in the state indoor events.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Southerners moved into the semifinals of the Class 4A-2 District Tournament with a pair of wins here Saturday.
Southside defeated DeWitt 7-5 in the opening round and then held on for a 3-1 win over Lonoke in the quarterfinals. The latter earned the Southerners a spot in this weekend’s region tournament at Valley View.
Against DeWitt, Tyler Goad was the winning pitcher. Jared Dahl and Goad were each credited with an RBI double while Chris Vaughn blasted a 2-run triple.