SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners held off the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 12-11 in eight innings to win a Class 4A-2 District softball game here Thursday.
Southside (8-3, 4-1) jumped ahead 5-0 in the first inning, but a 6-run second put Lonoke ahead. Southside regained the lead with four runs in the bottom of the second and then Lonoke tied it at 9-9 with a 3-run third.
CAVE CITY — The starting time for Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Crown Lake is 6:30 a.m.
A previous Guard article listed an incorrect starting time. The tournament will be out of Box Hound ramp.
Anyone with questions about the tournament may call Ron Watkins at (870) 793-3274 or Clark Neal at (870) 613-2077.
BROCKWELL — Morgan Lamb pitched a 4-hitter and Matt Stone provided two hits to help the Calico Rock Pirates down the Izard County Cougars 4-1 in a nonconference high school baseball game here Wednesday.
Lamb struck out six and walked just one while pitching a complete game.
Stone doubled and scored a run. Alex Skidmore and Tyler Lewis were each credited with a run batted in.
Zane Worsencroft provided two hits for Izard County. He also gave up two hits, walked six and was tagged for three earned runs over four innings while being tagged with the pitching loss.
Arkansas Havoc, a 10-and-under softball team with some area players, recently dominated while winning a tournament in Batesville, Miss.
With the help of Southside’s Kyleigh Vines and Taylor Hammack, the Havoc outscored eight opponents 67-6.
They defeated the Houston, Miss., Hot Shots 7-0, the Germantown, Tenn., Red Devils 10-0, the Arlington, Tenn., Lady Wildcats 6-2, the Memphis Phoenix Fastpitch 8-0, the Southaven, Miss., Lady Tigers 13-0, the Desoto, Miss., Storm 13-0, the DC, Miss., Rage 2-1 and, in the championship game, they beat the Rage 8-3.
The Viola Longhorns remained undefeated and won the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic small school division championship Wednesday night at the Batesville North Complex.
Viola beat Midland 10-1 in a run-rule shortened contest to improve to 17-0.
The Longhorns got all the runs they would need in the first inning as they sent four in. Jacob Payne led off with a 2-strike single, moved to second on Matt Prinner’s sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on Jordan Cotter’s infield single and scored on a 2-out, bases loaded, full-count triple by Dolan Johnston.
CONCORD — The Concord Lady Pirates finally got to play on their new field and the timing seemed to be right.
Led by the pitching of Sydney Harlan and the hitting of Hannah Cornett, the Lady Pirates defeated the Midland Lady Mustangs 5-2 in a 1A 2-South District contest.
Harlan limited the visitors to four hits and three walks while striking out five. Cornett hit two for three with four stolen bases and two runs scored.
Harlan helped her cause with two hits, two stolen bases and two runs. Jenny Lawrence doubled for the winners.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Edward Littlejohn, Gary Kent and Jason Russell were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Raceway.
Spicer won the street division with Don Holcomb and Billy Whitehead second and third, respectively.
Littlejohn got down the strip fastest in the foot brake class with Steve Mack and Gene Lovins giving chase.
Kent took the top spot in super pro with Wade Lake and Jeff Davis in tow.
Russell beat Joey Bogard and Byron Guill in the outlaw street bike competition.
LOCUST GROVE — After months of preparation, local race car drivers will finally begin the 2011 points racing season at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night.
The season was scheduled to start last weekend, but heavy rains forced the cancellation of that show.
Tonight, drivers from the late model, IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive classes will have an opportunity to practice on the 3/8-mile clay oval.
On Friday night, the season will begin with qualifying heat races for each class and then five features.
MCKENZIE, Tenn. — The Lyon College softball team rattled off 14 hits, including seven extra-base hits, to salvage a TranSouth Athletic Conference split and snap a 7-game losing skid.
The Lady Wildcats won the opener 9-4 and Lyon took the nightcap 10-3.
Erica Whitaker was the offensive star in Lyon’s victory, hitting a triple to right in the top of the fifth that scored two runs, then hit a solo home run in the final inning. She added a walk and scored three times.
Tara Mitchell (5-6) picked up the complete game victory, allowing two earned runs.
Two local gymnasts won all-around state championships, one finished second all-around and three others were state runners-up in events recently in Little Rock.
Stars & Stripes Gymnastic Center athletes Courtlynn Harris and Victoria Lawrence shared the Level 5 championship among 11-year-olds. Harris finished second in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, and third on the balance beam. Lawson won the floor exercise, finished second on the vault and beam, and third on the bars.
Summer Fools finished second all-around among Level 5 14-year-olds.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Lady Panthers limited the Southside Lady Southerners to two hits and handed the visitors their first 4A-2 District loss of the season here Tuesday.
Krysta Beeler provided Southside with its only hits in the 4-0 loss.
Haley Mourer also pitched well for Southside, limiting the Lady Panthers to six hits. She struck out two and walked one.
Makenzie Cox of Bald Knob has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Lyon, according to a news release from the college.
Cox is a 2-time all-state player, who averaged 18.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists a game this past season, while hitting more than 88-percent of her free-throws.
“Makenzie brings strength and aggressiveness on both ends of the floor to our perimeter game,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “She comes from a super high school program and knows how to work. I believe that will translate to success for her as she develops.”