SOUTHSIDE — Jace Dunnegan slapped a solo home run in the third inning to finish off the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves as the Southside Southerners collected a 15-0, run-rule shortened victory over here Wednesday.
Dunnegan’s shot capped a 6-run inning and was the second Southside homer in the game. In an 8-run first, Jacob Rawlings sent a no-doubter grand slam over the right-center field fence.
Colby Sutton hit two for three for the 9-7 Southerners, and Dalton Little pitched a 3-inning no-hitter with three strikeouts.
Cave City star Rachel Roebuck signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns during a special ceremony Wednesday morning in the Cave City High School gymnasium.
Roebuck said choosing between Lyon, Williams Baptist and Arkansas Tech was an easy choice.
“My visit there was amazing. They treated me so well. I had a meeting with the coach the first time down there and fell in love with their program,” Roebuck said. “They have everything that I was looking for — both in volleyball and education.”
It’s what Shelby Winkle did for her teammates that her coach will always remember, and that’s part of what made her a selection to the Class 5A All-State team.
“With her work and aggressiveness, she makes everyone around her work 10 times harder,” Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said. “That’s what stands out more than anything else.”
LOCUST GROVE — The forecast doesn’t look favorable, but, for now, points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway is a go for Friday night.
The weatherman says there’s a 70-percent chance of severe thunderstorms today and a continued 40-percent chance of rain through Friday morning.
If racing is able to take place, fans will be treated to late model, IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive action.
Roger Witt, Andrew Witt, Shawn Walsh, Aaron Carr and Adam Maple were feature winners in last week’s season-opener.
Eight Guard-circulation area athletes were named to all-state basketball rosters and only one is a returner.
Concord senior Casey Gorecke collected her second straight all-state nod while Southside senior Dalton Littleton, Cave City senior Jessica Hall, Cedar Ridge senior TaQuila Hunt and juniors Clayton Butler and Luke Henderson, Concord freshman Jacob Roark and Midland junior Kerstie Bumpous are the first-timers.
Gorecke averaged 18.5 points, 12 rebounds and four steals per game for the Lady Pirates.
MAYFIELD, Ky. — The Lyon College Scots split a TranSouth Athletic Conference softball doubleheader with the Mid-Continent Lady Cougars here Tuesday.
In the nightcap, MCU (11-14, 4-18) scored three runs in the fifth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and collect a 4-1 victory. It avenged a comeback by Lyon (15-20, 7-13) in the opener.
Lyon trailed 3-0 after five innings, but rallied with three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to take the lid-lifter 6-4.
BALD KNOB — Southside Lady Southerners won four events at the Bald Knob Bulldog Relays here Tuesday.
Ashlynne King led the way with two victories. She won the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 5.25 inches and the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.1 seconds.
The other Southside blue ribbons came in field events. Tiffany Middleton won the pole vault by clearing the bar at 7-6, and Kaylee Rich won the high jump with a 4-8 effort.
Bald Knob’s girls and Augusta’s boys won the team titles.
Listed below are the rest of Southside’s scoring results:
MARSHALL — Michelle Arnold and Cassie Smith combined to pitch a no-hitter as the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz made short work of the Marshall Lady Bobcats here Tuesday afternoon.
Melbourne started the Class 3A 1-East District softball game with a 5-run first inning and then unloaded for 14 runs in the second. They added two more in the third before leaving with a 22-0, run-ruled victory.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Skylar Litaker continued his dominance on the mound as the Midland Mustangs collected a key victory in the Class 1A 2-South District here Tuesday.
Midland defeated South Side Bee Branch 10-0 in five innings as Litaker pitched a shutout, improved to 7-0 and lowered his earned run average to 0.69. He gave up only three hits, walked one and struck out nine in five innings.
“This was a big conference win for us and puts us in the lead for the conference title,” Midland Coach Donnie Branscum said.
On a nearby field at the North Complex, the Batesville Lady Pioneers also won in a couple of walkovers against the Blytheville Lady Chickasaw softball team on Tuesday night.
The scores were, in order, 15-0 and 16-0, and both were run-ruled 3-inning affairs.
In the opener, Kandess Pfitzner hit three for four with a double, and Haley Hambrick and Maggie Beshears provided two hits apiece. Beshears doubled. Though she provided just one hit, Hailey Hastings led in the runs batted in department with five. She also walked twice and was hit by a pitch.
The Batesville Pioneers did what they needed to do to sweep the Blytheville Chickasaws in a 5A-East District baseball doubleheader at the North Complex on Tuesday.
That’s rarely as simple as it sounds, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said after the 10-0 and 21-0, run-ruled decisions.
“We did what we had to do to get a sweep against someone who is not in contention, and that’s sometimes not such an easy thing to do,” the coach said.
The Batesville Pioneers saved their best for the second half and the Lady Pioneers won in a big way despite looking less than sharp in nonconference high school soccer action Tuesday night at Pioneer Stadium.
The Pioneers defeated the Westside Consolidated Warriors 5-1. The Lady Pioneers blanked the Lady Warriors 6-0.
The Pioneers outshot the Warriors 27-8 and senior forward Oscar Valdez scored his second hat trick of the season. Two of his scores came on headers. Brener Costello assisted on two of Valdez’s goals.