PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won a team title here Thursday at the Arnold Relays as senior Mollie Matthews won two individual races and anchored a winning relay.
The Lady Pioneers totaled 88 points. They finished 15 points ahead of the Valley View Lady Blazers and another five points in front of the Jonesboro Lady Hurricane. Twenty-eight teams competed.
“Every team in our district (5A-East) was there but Forrest City, so it gave us an idea about what our district meet could be like,” Lady Pioneer Coach Stuart Smith said.
NEWPORT — The Batesville Pioneers got off to another quick start and scored another run-ruled decision here Thursday while collecting their seventh victory in a row.
The Pioneers scored five runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the Newport Greyhounds 10-0 in six innings. The Pioneers have scored no less than five runs in the first inning of their last three games.
Sophomore Landon Gillmore led the way. The right-hander pitched five innings of 2-hit ball, and he hit two for four. His battery mate, junior catcher Hayden Cockrill, also hit two for four.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers and Pioneers kept the beat going in 5A-East District soccer Thursday evening in Pioneer Stadium.
The Lady Pioneers blanked the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles 5-0, and then the Pioneers shut out the Eagles 6-0.
Both Batesville squads are 4-0 in the conference. The Lady Pioneers are 9-2 overall. The Pioneers are 9-1-1.
Senior Erin Richards scored two goals for the Lady Pioneers. Lainey Rumans assisted on both off Richards’ goals, and assisted on Kali Foreman’s one score. Natalie Meinzer and Terran Jones scored on penalty kicks.
NEWPORT — Don Holcomb beat Gary Spicer, Barry Taylor and the rest of the street class Sunday at Speedy’s Raceway.
Tony Newberry took the top spot in the foot brake class and was followed by Edward Littlejohn and Gene Newman.
Jason Russell beat out Steve Russell and Joey Bogard for first place in the outlaw street bike class and Hanna Hodge was the only participant listed in the junior dragster class.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland swept Mount Vernon-Enola 12-2 and 10-3 in a Class 1A 2-South District doubleheader.
Drew Fortson gave up a leadoff home run and then closed the door the rest of the way, finishing with 12 strikeouts, three hits and one walk to move to 4-0.
In the first game, Logan Smith, Josh Thomas, and Nathan Rickett hit consecutive homers in the Midland half of the third to highlight a 6-run inning. Smith added a double and four RBI.
In the second game, Josh Thomas got the win going six innings and Fortson closed with an inning of relief.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside and Conway Christian split 4A-3 Conference high school soccer matches on Stewart Field Thursday.
The Southerners won 3-2. The Lady Eagles blanked the Lady Southerners 4-0.
“The boys game was really not that close,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We took 30 shots and really controlled the tempo all game long. Our goalie just made a couple of mistakes and let the ball get through his hands.”
Brody Clark scored two goals for the winners. Brandon Ritter tallied the other goal. Chaz Zumwalt provided one assist.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners made short work of the Cave City Cavewomen in a Class 4A-2 District softball game Thursday.
It was the first-ever conference meeting between the Highway 167 rivals, but was short-lived as the home team collected a 16-1 victory in three innings.
Cave City scored its run in the top of the first inning and Southside answered with 10 and then six in the second.
The 16 runs came on only seven hits, but Southside was issued 10 free passes.
Meanwhile, Haley Mourer allowed four hits and struck out five in three innings of work.
Lyon College senior softball player Kristi Kelley was the hero of the afternoon following a bloop single in the bottom of the ninth, helping the Scots to a walk-off victory over the Bethel Lady Wildcats.
In the opening game of a 4-3 and 7-5 sweep, Erica Whitaker was standing at third base and Cassie Wolfe on second when Kelley dropped a single just over the Bethel second baseman. Whitaker had no trouble crossing the plate to solidify the win for the Scots, 4-3.
GUY — Sydney Harlan hit four for five with a triple, three runs batted in and two runs scored to lead the Concord Lady Pirates past the Guy-Perkins Lady Thunderbirds 9-6 in a 1A-2 South District softball game here Wednesday.
Jaycie Freeman and Mary Thompson added two hits apiece for the winners. Freeman drove in three runs.
Harlan also pitched the win, scattering seven hits and walking two while striking out six.
Concord improved to 5-2 in the district and 9-4 overall.
SOUTHSIDE — Jace Dunnegan slapped a solo home run in the third inning to finish off the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves as the Southside Southerners collected a 15-0, run-rule shortened victory over here Wednesday.
Dunnegan’s shot capped a 6-run inning and was the second Southside homer in the game. In an 8-run first, Jacob Rawlings sent a no-doubter grand slam over the right-center field fence.
Colby Sutton hit two for three for the 9-7 Southerners, and Dalton Little pitched a 3-inning no-hitter with three strikeouts.
Cave City star Rachel Roebuck signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns during a special ceremony Wednesday morning in the Cave City High School gymnasium.
Roebuck said choosing between Lyon, Williams Baptist and Arkansas Tech was an easy choice.
“My visit there was amazing. They treated me so well. I had a meeting with the coach the first time down there and fell in love with their program,” Roebuck said. “They have everything that I was looking for — both in volleyball and education.”