STRAWBERRY — The Izard County Lady Cougars overcame early struggles and took advantage of Hillcrest’s misfortune to win the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship 8-4 here Wednesday night.
After trailing 4-1 early, Izard County exploded for five runs in the fifth inning. The first two runs were earned as Molly Taylor belted a hanging curve ball over the left field fence.
“You hang ’em, she’ll bang ’em,” Hillcrest Coach Shawn Rose said of Taylor’s blast which pulled Izard County within one.
LYNN — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Izard County Cougars 3-1 to win the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship here Wednesday night.
It was a pitcher’s duel between Izard County’s Preston Harmon and Hillcrest’s Dylan Wooten. Each pitcher had a no-hitter going into the fourth inning. Wooten’s was broken up when Jake Dockins hit a slow roller to shortstop and beat out the throw in the top of the fourth. Harmon’s was halted in the bottom half of the same inning on Tyler Parker’s swinging bunt single toward third base.
WYNNE — The 5A-East District champions made quick work of the Batesville Lady Pioneers in a district doubleheader and regular-season finale.
With junior pitcher Claire Clark limiting Batesville to five hits for the night, the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets won the opener Wynne 8-0 and the nightcap 15-0 in a run-ruled three innings.
In the opener, Clark struck out 14, walked none, hit none and gave up three hits. In the second game, she struck out five, walked one, hit none and gave up two hits.
WYNNE — Tanner Ring and Cody Vaughn gave up just two hits and no runs while combining for 29 strikeouts and leading the Batesville Pioneers to a 5A-East District baseball doubleheader sweep of the Wynne Yellowjackets here Wednesday.
The Pioneers won the opener 6-0 as Ring no-hit the ’Jackets for seven innings. The junior right-hander struck out 11 and walked one. He lost the perfect game in the top of the sixth inning when he walked the leadoff batter, Hunter McCorkle.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — Plays at the plate in the top and bottom halves of the ninth inning decided the game as the Lyon Scots entered the winners bracket of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time ever, defeating Freed-Hardeman Lions 2-1.
The Lyon softball team set the single season wins mark in program history with 22. It was the first victory of the season over the Lady Lions, losing the previous four regular season meetings.
The TranSouth Athletic Conference recently announced the spring scholar-athlete lists for baseball, softball and golf and 16 Scots received the academic honor, according to a news release from Lyon.
To be named a conference scholar-athlete, the student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be a sophomore or above in academic classification.
GREERS FERRY — Amber Hodge pitched a 2-hitter to lead the Mount Vernon-Enola Lady Warhawks to a 3-0 victory over the Midland Lady Mustangs in the 1A-2 South District tournament quarterfinals here Tuesday.
The Lady ’Hawks advanced when the Academics Plus Lady Falcons forfeited the rain-delayed opener. Hodge recorded no strikeouts, walked three and hit one batter.
“Midland put the ball in play and we did a good job of fielding it,” Mount Vernon-Enola Coach Freeman Isaacs said.
GREERS FERRY — The Midland Mustangs used solid pitching and a steady dose of offense to secure a trip to the Class 1A 2-South District Tournament championship game.
Midland defeated Mount Vernon-Enola 8-2 in Tuesday’s semifinal and will take on South Side Bee Branch, which needed an extra inning to eliminate West Side Greers Ferry 3-1 in the other semifinal.
“Drew Fortson threw another outstanding game,” Midland Coach Donnie Branscum said.
Three Lyon College baseball players won postseason honors, according to a news release from the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
Senior Kyle Kallsnick and juniors Michael Armenteros and Josh McNatt were each named to the all-TranSouth second team by the coaches.
Kallsnick, a Batesville High product, was the regular starting catcher for the Scots this season. In 42 games, Kallsnick blasted three homers, drove in 26 runs and scored 16 times. He threw out nine runners attempting to steal.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers are hoping a bunch of speedy contenders show up at Hot Springs High School on Thursday for the Class 5A State Track and Field Meet.
“A tightly bunched field will provide us our best chance,” Batesville Coach Stuart Smith said. “We’re not going to score points like we did when we won it going away in 2009.”
That talented and balanced squad rang up 148 points and more than doubled the second-place team.
Most of the high school baseball and softball scheduled for today has been moved to Wednesday.
The Batesville-at-Wynne baseball and softball doubleheaders have been delayed a day. The baseball pairing is a key confrontation in the chase for state tournament berths, the softball doubleheader is not. Wynne leads the district. Batesville is out of the postseason picture.