The last six batters in the Batesville Lady Pioneer batting order went zero for 32 as the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles swept a 5A-East District softball doubleheader, winning 1-0 and 9-2 at North Complex on Tuesday.
With that, the Lady Eagles kept their hopes alive for a Class 5A State Tournament berth, and they handed the Lady Pioneers their sixth straight exclusion from postseason play.
With a record of 2-6 in district play, the Lady Eagles still have a chance of finishing in the top four in the district standings — the qualifying standard for the state tournament.
The tryout convinced Shelby Winkle and Central Baptist College Coach Lyle Middleton.
“I just felt like CBC was a good fit for me,” Winkle said about her decision to sign with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school in Conway. “I just felt it was what I needed.”
The Batesville High School senior and all-state basketball player signed with CBC in a ceremony at BHS on Monday.
Middleton said he knew a little about Winkle before the tryout.
Despite coming from behind on two different occasions, the Lyon softball team fell short in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep by Freed-Hardeman Tuesday afternoon at House Field.
After managing just one hit in the opener, and losing 8-0 in five innings, the Scots battled in game two. However, a 4-run fifth was too much for the Scots as they lost to the Lady Lions 12-9.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer edged Don Holcomb to win the street division Sunday at Speedy’s Raceway.
Steve Simpson was third in the class.
Joe Williams took the top spot in the foot brake class with Ross Williams and Larry Romine in tow.
John Taylor was quicker than Bobby Hooker in the super pro class. Shannon White finished third.
Brian Hill, Cory Andrews and Samantha Clay finished 1-2-3 in the junior dragster competition.
Joey Bogard was fastest in the outlaw street bike class.
SOUTHSIDE — Krysta Beeler made history here Monday afternoon when she hit a 2-run home run in the fourth inning of an 8-5 nonconference win over the Highland Lady Rebels.
Beeler’s homer was her sixth of the season, breaking the school record set by Kayla Richardson.
Highland’s four runs in the top of the fourth inning were answered in the bottom half and the Lady Southerners sprinkled on enough throughout the game to collect the victory.
SOUTHSIDE — Perennial powerhouse Valley View swept Southside in Class 4A-3 District soccer matches here Monday.
The Lady Blazers rolled to a 9-1 decision and the Blazers went back to Jonesboro with a 4-1 victory after being tied 1-1 at the break.
“It was one of better games we’ve played this year,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We had a couple of defensive breakdowns in the second half.”
BALD KNOB — Batesville swept the team titles in a junior high track meet here Friday, and Batesville and Southside athletes took high point honors.
Led by Ronisha Hughes’ 40 points, the Junior Lady Pioneers totaled 233 points and finished 55 points ahead of their hosts, the second-place Bald Knob Junior Lady Bulldogs.
The Junior Pioneers piled up 269 points and finished 143 points ahead of the second-place Southside Junior Southerners. Southside’s Cody Goodman led the individual point totals with 45.
JONESBORO — Batesville’s soccer teams recorded two more shutouts here Monday and remained unbeaten in the 5A-East District.
The Lady Pioneers edged the Nettleton Lady Raiders 1-0 and improved to 5-0 in the district and 10-2 overall.
The Pioneers thumped the Raiders 5-0, also improving to 5-0. The Pioneers are 10-1-1 overall.
The Lady Pioneers got some help on the game’s only scored.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland took a step Monday night toward joining the area schools who have added football to their athletic program when they hired Tim Pugh as head football coach and athletic director.
The hiring of Pugh, a native of West Virginia and a graduate of Harding University, received school board approval in a meeting Monday Night, Midland Superintendent Dean Stanley said this morning.
The Batesville Pioneers and Greene County Tech Eagles played another of their 5A-East District baseball dandies Tuesday night at the North Complex, and the outcome was the same it’s been in three of the last four seasons.
Both teams left the park with a win, a loss and mixed feelings. Batesville won the opener 3-2. Tech took the nightcap 6-4.
Beyond those similarities, forget it. You would be hard pressed to find a doubleheader with more unusual happenings.
Bre’Anna Hobbs is the newest addition to the Lyon College women’s basketball roster, the college announced.
Hobbs, a native of Conway, recently signed a national letter of intent to play for the Scots. She averaged just over eight points and seven rebounds a game this past season at Conway High School. She played a key role in the team’s run to the state tournament this past season.
It was the second straight year Hobbs made a tournament appearance, leading Conway Christian to the tournament in her junior season.
SOUTHSIDE — After winning a close one, the Southside Southerners finished off their 4A-2 District baseball doubleheader with Cave City in another fashion.
The Southerners won the opener 6-5 when Jared Dahl scored in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Southerners won the nightcap 10-3 as Tyler Goad pitched a 4-hitter and Dahl hit three for four, including a 2-run homer.
In the opener, Dalton Littleton hit two doubles, Dahl added a 2-run double and Jace Dunegan doubled for Southside. Dahl pitched the first six innings. Colby Sutton relieved and got the win.