FAYETTEVILLE — Clawing back from a first-game loss to win a NCAA baseball regional isn’t Mission Impossible.
Mission Implausible is more accurate.
Some Arkansas examples go against the grain.
In the Norm DeBriyn era, the Razorbacks lost the first game of the 1989 Regional in Waterbury, Ct., and came back to win the regional and advance to the College World Series.
Ten years later, Clemson lost the first game of the regional DeBriyn’s 1999 SEC champions hosted at Baum Stadium. Clemson eventually eliminated Arkansas and won all the way to Omaha.
LOCUST GROVE — The thunder returned to the grove Friday night and this time it wasn’t from the sky.
After several cancellations due to rain, Batesville Motor Speedway was finally able to get in a night of racing.
When the dust settled, Roger Witt, Jordan Turner, Carmon Vincent, Aaron Carr and Drew Witt drove home with trophies.
Witt took the top spot in the NeSmith Crate Late Model division, keeping Travis Ashley and Kenneth Jackson at bay.
Batesville Citizens Bank improved their Zone 2 American Legion baseball record to 4-1 with a 17-6 victory over Wynne Post 66 in the first of two games at the North Complex on Sunday.
The visitors won the second game 13-4 in four innings, but the second contest doesn’t count in the zone. Citizens Bank is scheduled to visit Wynne on June 14 to complete their Zone 2 assignment.
The Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen gave their fans a season-opener to remember Sunday on Lyon College’s Scots Field.
The Highwaymen defeated the Colorado Khaos 2-1 when Tanner Ring singled in Joey Barnett in the 10th inning.
Barnett reached with a flare to short right field that fell between the second baseman and right fielder, and then the Cave City High School product sprinted to second when the Colorado fielders hesitated, waiting to see who was going to pick the ball up.
SEARCY — Batesville Citizens Bank scored 29 runs while sweeping Searcy B&B Oil in a season-opening Junior American League baseball doubleheader here Thursday.
The 12-10 and 17-5 victories also gave the Bankers a 2-0 start in Zone 2 foes. They will try to add on Saturday when they travel to Mountain Home to take on Hopper Environmental Services in another Zone 2 doubleheader.
A football camp is set to begin Monday at Batesville High, according to information provided by the school.
The first session of the Pioneer Trailblazer football camp is slated to get under way Monday at 8 a.m. in Pioneer Stadium. It lasts until noon. The first session of the non-contact camp is for players entering fourth through sixth grades and will conclude June 9. The costs are $55 if preregistered (before Friday) or $65 on the day of the camp.
First and foremost, their coach said, the Batesville Pioneers got through high school spring football practices without any serious injuries.
“And that’s job one,” Dave King said.
Pioneers and their fans know that King doesn’t put as much value on the 10 days of fully-padded, full-contact practices allowed by the Arkansas Activities Association as some coaches.
“I think it’s a good thing; a positive thing for the kids, but we just don’t put that much stock in it,” he said.
LOCUST GROVE — Shhh. Don’t tell Mother Nature, but the Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to race Friday night.
That’s something that hasn’t happened much this season as rain has forced the cancellation of more than half of the originally-scheduled events, including the first inaugural Bad Boy 98, set for May 20-21.
With only a 10-percent chance of rain Friday, the odds are good points racing will take place for jut the third time this season.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer held off Edward Littlejohn to win the street division Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Steve Mark Simpson finished third in the division.
Tracy Crossen was quicker down the strip than Don Stitcher in the foot brake division and Melvin Bake settled for third.
In the super pro division, Bobby Hill beat Bobby Hooker and William Runyan.
Dylan Kick took the top spot in the junior dragster division with Corey Andrews and Hannah Hodge in tow.
Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins this morning announced spots are still available for the Lyon College basketball camps, which begin Monday.
Elementary and middle school campers go next week and junior and senior high boys are set for the week of June 13.
The camps will take place in Becknell Gymnasium, which has newly-installed air conditioning.
Cecilia and John Vinson shot a final-round 8-under-par 64 to win The Course at Eagle Mountain Couples Tournament on Sunday.
The Vinsons and four other couples were tied after shooting rounds of 69 on Saturday. One of those were Sissy and Tommy Ford. They finished second with a 137. The teams of Debra and Danny Bell, Mary Ann and David Bell, Lorie and Ed Pinckard, and Jana and Gary Vinson tied for third with 138s.
Here are the top three in the remaining flights:
Flight 2 — Carol and Mark McGrew, 146; Alicia and John Thurman, 147; Verona and Gary Bebow, 148
LONOKE — If you’re looking for fierce competition this weekend, look no further than the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program state championship. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission program winds down with the state championship Friday and Saturday at the Remington firing range in Lonoke.