It had nothing to do with revenge, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said after the Pioneers blanked the Heber Springs Panthers 6-0 Tuesday afternoon at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
If you’ve forgotten, the Panthers defeated the Pioneers 5-4 in Heber Springs about this time last year. It was a first for the Panther varsity team in many years.
“We talked about that a little bit, but, like I told the guys, this game was not about payback,” Rush said. “We just need to get better, all the way around.”
The Pioneers accomplished that, the coach said.
NEWPORT — Bryan Norvell and son Bryan Norvell II collected wins Sunday as Speedy’s Newport Dragway began its 2010 season.
The elder Norvell won the foot brake division. Cave City’s Don Stitcher was second.
Stevie Cook was runner-up to the younger Norvell in the street division.
Tyler Vaughn won the super pro division with Eric Schilly in tow.
The top spot in outlaw street bike went to Joseph Crossett and Dylan Kick took the junior dragster title.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Two of the favorites for the 2A-2 District title met here Tuesday, and one of them absorbed their first loss.
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the district with a 12-3 thumping of the Midland Lady Mustangs, who fell to 5-1 and 1-1.
Maggie Jo Cooper pitched the win and hit a 2-run home run. Amanda Treat added a double.
Michelle Arnold, the starter, and Cooper combined for eight strikeouts and five walks. Kayla Bowren absorbed her first loss while striking out nine and walking six.
BLACK ROCK — Miguel Hinojosa fired a 1-hitter and Izard County’s offense took care of the rest en route to a 16-0, run-ruled victory over the Black Rock Zebras here Tuesday afternoon.
The Cougars began the conference-opening baseball game with five runs in the first inning and then capped it with an 11-run fourth inning.
Jake Dockins, Izard County’s leadoff man, scored three times. Trenton Hatman, the 8-hole hitter was credited with three hits, four runs batted in and two runs.
MEMPHIS — Lyon College hammered Christian Brothers pitching for 30 hits and 27 runs in 14-2 and 13-4 blowouts here Tuesday in a nonconference doubleheader at Buccaneer Field.
The Scots got a huge day from returning center fielder Evan Segler, who had missed the last three games with a shoulder injury suffered on March 9 in Mobile, Ala. Segler recorded six hits in the doubleheader, scored three runs and was credited with three runs batted in.
CONWAY — Southside began 4A-3 Conference soccer action here Monday with a couple of losses.
The Conway Christian Eagles edged the Southerners 1-0. The Lady Eagles won 8-0.
“That was probably the best we’ve played all year,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said of the boys game. “Conway Christian passed the ball well and has a lot of skills. Defensively, we played really well. The one goal they scored our keeper had his body on the ball but it was ruled the ball crossed the line. Very close play.”
Southerner goalie Brandon Ritter recorded 21 saves.
NEWPORT — The Batesville Lady Pioneers evened their softball record with a 2-1 victory over the Newport Lady Greyhounds here Monday.
The winning run came in the top of the seventh inning when Tanya Tye singled home Shelby Winkle. Winkle was running for Angela Woods, who led off the inning with a double. Winkle stole third, setting up Tye’s winning hit.
Batesville’s other run came in the fourth when Rachel Shellenberger led off with a double, advanced to third on Maggie Beshear’s sacrifice fly and scored on Sydney Lewis’ sacrifice bunt.
SOUTHSIDE — Colby Sutton hit a 1-out, game-winning single to give the Southside Southerners a 6-5, extra-innings win over the Cave City Cavemen here Monday afternoon.
Southside started with a 3-0 advantage, but a 5-run fourth inning put the Cavemen in control. Southside answered with a single run in the top of the fifth and then tied it with another in the seventh.
That forced extra innings. Neither team scored in the eighth and Southside clinched it in the ninth when Sutton drove in Tyler Goad from second base. Goad reached on a single.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods said Tuesday he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a 4-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports.
“The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Woods said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”
NEW YORK — It wouldn’t take an act of Congress, and in the overall scheme of things, expanding the field for the NCAA men’s basketball championship wouldn’t solve or create any problems for most Americans.
Then why have so many people offered so many opinions on something that’s only in the discussion stage, at best, and might not even happen?
Because the 3-weekend, 65-team format has become as much a March staple as cold rain in the Northeast and the sound of batting practice in Florida and Arizona.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — John Zimmerman’s 16 points, 14 in the second half, lifted the Wonderview Daredevils to a 36-33 victory over Bay in the boys Class 1A Championship game Friday in Summit Arena.
The championship is the first for the Daredevils (36-4), who were in the title game for the first time since 2001. Bay (36-7) won its only state title in 1965 and was in its third title game.
The Yellowjackets held a 33-27 lead with 4:28 left but would not score again, going zero for five from the free-throw line.
HOT SPRINGS — It took the Cave City Cavewomen 11 minutes and 18 seconds to score their first point in the Class 3A State Championship game Friday night in Summit Arena.
By then, the Valley Springs Lady Tigers had already jumped out to a sizeable lead. They led 11-0 at the end of the first quarter and 15-0 before Cave City’s Jessica Hall ended the drought. It was 19-9 at halftime.