The White Hall Bulldogs, winners of the 2009 large school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic, are scheduled to come to Batesville for the annual event with a record of 4-5.
It’s unlikely anyone is going to put much stock in that record. They were 4-9 when they came to Batesville last April and edged the then unbeaten Greenwood Bulldogs 8-6, and then slapped around the Springdale Har-Ber Wildcats 12-5 and punched out the Cabot Panthers 9-2 in the title game.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is home resting following surgery on his left knee. Dr. Patrick Connor repaired the anterior cruciate ligament in Hamlin’s left knee, injured while playing basketball in January.
He wanted to postpone surgery until after the NASCAR season, but decided to have it repaired this week. The surgery had been postponed from Monday, the same day Hamlin won his first race of the season at Martinsville Speedway.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The reappearance of the spoiler on the back of the Sprint Cup cars at Martinsville Speedway drew high praise from many drivers because it makes the cars look better.
Where opinion differed is when the spoiler’s impact will be felt on the track.
At just 0.526 miles around, Martinsville didn’t allow for enough speed for the spoiler to have much of an effect beyond aesthetics. Though speeds will be higher at the next stop, Phoenix International Raceway on April 10, the spoiler’s influence on the racing is still likely to be marginal.
LOCUST GROVE — The Isle of Capri Late Model Series is scheduled to make its debut this weekend at Batesville Motor Speedway, and for once, the weather forecast is favorable for racing.
The last two weekends have been affected by rain. There’s a slight chance of rain Saturday morning, but it shouldn’t affect the racing schedule.
Friday night, the IMCA Modifieds and street stocks will join the late models on the racing card. On Saturday, the factory stock and front-wheel drive classes will run a support show for the late models.
The defending 5A-East District baseball champions never scored here Tuesday, and their lead in the 2010 district standings was short-lived.
Led by the pitching of senior left-hander Talan Roepcke and sophomore right-hander Tanner Ring, the Batesville Pioneers blanked the Forrest City Mustangs 3-0 and 10-0 at the North Complex.
A move to unseat the 5A-East Conference high school soccer champions was a no-go at Pioneer Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Central Arkansas Christ-ian squads shut out Batesville. The Mustangs won 3-0. The Lady Mustangs rolled 7-0.
It was a first loss and a first time to be scored upon for the Pioneers. The Mustangs broke through with a goal with just 31 seconds remaining in the first half.
“It was (after) a penalty that could have gone either way,” Batesville Coach TJ Stroud said. “They scored on a free kick.”
The Mustangs added two goals in the second half.
FORREST CITY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers snapped a 4-game losing streak in a big way here Tuesday, romping over the Forrest City Lady Mustangs 15-3 and 16-1 in a 5A-East District softball doubleheader.
Angela Woods pitched the win in both games. In the opener she gave up nine hits, struck out nine and walked none in the run-ruled 6-inning contest. In the 5-inning nightcap, the senior right-hander allowed four hits, struck out three and walked two.
The Midland Mustangs advanced into the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic semifinals in thrilling fashion Tuesday at the North Complex, and they got a little revenge for good measure.
They defeated the Tuckerman Bulldogs, longtime rivals, 6-5 when Logan Smith ripped a 2-out, 3-run, game-ending triple.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon College Scots thundered past the Williams Baptist Eagles in a windy 6-1 victory here Tuesday afternoon in nonconference play.
The hits just keep on coming for Lyon outfielder Cory Ford. The sophomore from Springdale extended his hitting streak to 14 with a one for four performance. Kody Pinson led Lyon with a 4-hit outing. He also scored a run. Evan Segler collected two hits in five at bats.
Josh McNatt (5-1) captured the victory with three innings of work. He gave up just one hit and struck out four. Drew Davis and Garry Richards provided relief.
Seth Johnson shot a 1-under-par 71 on the second day of the Lyon College Invitational to storm to the front of the pack, but lost on the first playoff hole to finish second on Tuesday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Johnson finished the 2-day tournament at 5-over. Harding’s Lewis Jackson won the tie-breaker.
Lyon finished third in the team competition and shot 83-over, just five shots behind runner-up Missouri State University Community College and 53 strokes of Harding’s winning pace.
PLEASANT PLAINS — A day after her worst outing of the season, Midland pitcher Kayla Bowren rebounded with a 1-hitter as the Lady Mustangs sprint past the Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds 8-1.
Sloan-Hendrix’s lone hit was a bunt single in the sixth inning. Bowren struck out 17 and walked three.
Kayla Fortson hit three for three with a triple and two singles and five runs batted it. Farrah Turner added two singles, four stolen bases and an RBI while Casey Willard slapped two singles and Chelsea Grider hit two for two with two RBI.
Batesville High School is scheduled to host the District 2 Arkansas Officials Association spring business meeting on April 5, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
The meeting will be in the BHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. It is mandatory for all sports officials in District 2.