Baseball is a game of inches.
While sometimes the most overused saying in the sport, it rang true Friday afternoon during the second game of a TranSouth Athletic Conference doubleheader between Lyon and Mid-Continent.
With two outs and two on base in the bottom of the seventh and the Scots trailing the visitors, 1-0, power hitter Kyle Kallsnick stepped to the plate. Standing on second was Ryan Vericker and Roger Glaude waited on first, hoping for fireworks from the big bat.
NEWPORT — The Cave City Cavemen lost their third and fourth high school baseball games in a row, and there was something familiar about the way it happened here Thursday.
The Newport Greyhounds swept the 4A-2 District doubleheader, winning 11-0 in five innings and rallying to win the nightcap 7-6.
After a shaky start, the Batesville Pioneers collected a run-ruled, 12-2 high school baseball victory over the Highland Rebels at the North Complex on Thursday.
The Rebels jumped to a 2-0 lead in their first at-bat, thanks to two hit batters, an error and a wild pitch.
“We gave the kids Tuesday and Wednesday off, completely,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “They deserved a break — it is their spring break — but it showed a little bit there at the beginning. After that, they got their wheels back under them.”
The coach of the team with the most First Community Bank Pioneer Classic small school division championships kept it simple when asked about this year’s edition of the tournament.
“Loaded,” Cave City Coach Jamie King said.
The tournament’s first pitch is set for 10 Saturday morning at the North Complex. The McCrory Jaguars will take on the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles on the American Legion field while the Southside Southerners and Salem Greyhounds meet on the Babe Ruth Field in the opening games.
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State baseball team scored nine unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to roll to a 12-5, nonconfernece baseball win over Lyon College Wednesday night at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
The game was a late entry on the schedule, created when ASU lost a home game with Missouri State to rain earlier this month.
The win put the Red Wolves back to .500 on the season at 11-11 while Lyon took its 16th loss of the campaign, falling to 12-16.
Lyon College senior softball player Kristi Kelley swiped four bases on a windy Wednesday, helping the Scots pick up a doubleheader sweep over TranSouth Athletic Conference opponent Mid-Continent at House Field.
Kelley picked up a steal in the first game, eventually scored, and the Scots squeaked by the pesky Cougars 3-2.
In the second contest, Kelley stole three bases, reaching base on three hits and scoring three times, as the Scots top Mid-Continent 7-5.
NEWARK — The deadline to register for Newark’s summer baseball, softball and tee-ball leagues is April 2, according to a news release from Kevin Arms.
Registration forms can be picked up at the Newark Elementary School office, according to Arms.
NEWPORT — Drag racers Don Holcomb, Patrick Nephew and Ray Lawrence won here Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Holcomb won the street division title. Bryon Batchelar finished second. Gary Spicer placed third.
Following Nephew in the footbrake division were Jerry Taylor and Don Stitcher.
William Runyan finished behind Lawrence in the super pro class.
NEOSHO, Mo. — Thank goodness for the offense, say the Pioneers.
The Batesville Pioneers pounded out 15 hits, including four home runs and three doubles, to outscore the Neosho, Mo., Wildcats 17-11 in a high school baseball game here Monday night.
The Wildcats touched Pioneer pitchers for 10 hits. More telling, however, were four Pioneer errors. The Wildcats committed four also.
“We hit the ball well, and Tanner (Ring) pitched well,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “We didn’t play good defense.”
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Izard County Lady Cougars and Midland Lady Mustangs split a nonconference high school softball doubleheader here Monday.
The visitors took the opener 6-4 as Stephanie Schrable hit two for three, drove in three runs and pitched the win. Schrable doubled.
The host team outscored the Lady Cougars in the nightcap in an error-filled 17-13 decision. The Lady Cougars committed 10 errors; the Lady Mustangs seven.
Kayla Bowren struck out 11 and was one of three Lady Mustangs to drive in three.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee wanted to stick with the coach who led the Volunteers program to its greatest achievements. In the end, the university fired Bruce Pearl for too many transgressions away from the court.
UT Athletics Director Mike Hamilton said in a statement released late Monday that school officials decided to dismiss Pearl, who has been charged by the NCAA with unethical conduct, after learning of additional violations committed on Sept. 14, 2010, and in March 2011.
VIOLA — Two days after absorbing a run-ruled beating from the Viola Longhorns in the Sharp County Tournament championship game, the Cave City Cavemen played the unbeaten Longhorns much closer.
The Longhorns improved to 11-0 with an 8-4 victory.
“I challenged them and they played a solid game against a good team,” Cave City Coach Jamie King said. “We left a lot of runners on, but we had some quality at-bats and got good production out of the bottom of our lineup.”
The Longhorns’ big inning came in the second, and that was the Cavemen’s only slippage, their coach said.