MARKED TREE — We’ll have another Melbourne-Cedar Ridge battle for a high school softball championship Tuesday.
The first- and second-place finishers from the 2A-2 District won their games Friday and Saturday in the 2A North Region Tournament and they were scheduled to collide tonight at 5, but that game was moved to Tuesday evening at 5 due to wet fields.
Senior second baseman Cody Harper drove in two runs and senior pitcher Nick Salahub hurled eight strong innings in the Lyon Scots’ 4-1 triumph over the Bethel Wildcats in a TranSouth Athletic Conference game on Thursday at Scots Field.
Harper’s two RBI singles — one in the bottom of the sixth and one in the eighth inning — were the first hits of his Lyon career.
The day for the Batesville-at-Greene County Tech high school baseball doubleheader was listed incorrectly in Wednesday’s Guard.
The games are set for Monday in Paragould. The first pitch is 4 p.m.
The Pioneers would win the 5A-East District title with two victories. They are 10-2 in the district and 19-7 overall.
With a single win over Tech, the Pioneers would share the crown with the Nettleton Raiders and the Pioneers would get the district’s number one seeding into the Class 5A State Tournament based on a tiebreaker rule.
LOCUST GROVE — The weatherman finally has some good news for Batesville Motor Speedway and race fans.
There’s a zero-percent chance of rain Friday night, meaning racing action should resume for the first time in several weeks.
The 3/8-mile dirt oval has been saturated more than half of the scheduled race weekends this season.
Now, with a 100-percent chance of racing, race fans will be treated to heat and feature action in all five points classes.
Those classes are NeSmith Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz dodged a bullet or two here Wednesday while winning the 2A-2 District Tournament high school softball championship.
“They had us on the ropes several times,” Melbourne Coach Mike Watson said after the Lady ’Katz fended of the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves for a 4-3 victory.
And it started early.
Call the trio of Batesville Pioneers who signed Wednesday to play baseball and get their higher education at Lyon College, my son plus two.
They are Talan Roepcke, the son of Lyon Coach Tony Roepcke, Will Lindsey and Preston Smith. They’ve grown up together around the Roepcke household and the Lyon baseball family.
“I’ve coached this group of boys (in summer leagues) since they were seven years old,” Coach Roepcke said. “Just the level of integrity that they bring, and that’s just from being good people, that, by itself, is important for our program.”
The Southside Pee Wee Volleyball Camp is scheduled for May 25-27, Southside Coach David Shilkitus announced.
The 3-day camp is for girls in third through sixth grade and will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day.
Campers will be introduced to the game of volleyball in a fun, friendly environment and will be taught by members of the Southside High School Lady Southerner volleyball team, Shilkitus said.
The camp will focus on learning the basic skills of the sport such as serving, passing, setting and hitting and the rules of the game, followed by scrimmages.
WALNUT RIDGE — Cedar Ridge and Melbourne are set to meet in the Class 2A-2 District Tournament this evening after each team won semifinal games here Tuesday.
Cedar Ridge rallied to beat Midland 6-5 and Melbourne made short work of Cotter 12-1 in five innings.
The top-seeded Lady Bearkatz (17-4) scored three runs in the first inning, two in the third and seven in the fourth while Cotter managed one in the top of the third.
Maggie Jo Cooper earned the win. She pitched four innings and struck out four, walked two and allowed two hits. Michelle Arnold closed the fifth.
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PARAGOULD — Once again, the Paragould Lady Rams successfully blocked the Batesville Lady Pioneers’ entrance into the high school softball postseason.
Paragould’s 5-2 and 13-3 victories in a 5A-East District doubleheader erased the Lady Pioneers chances. A Batesville sweep would have put the Lady Pioneers in and the Lady Rams out. The top four teams advance to the state tournament.
Paragould has played a part in keeping the Batesville out of the postseason five straight years.
Paragould scored three in the first and one in the second and one in the fifth.
It’s not been a smooth ride, but the Batesville Pioneers are within sight of their planned destination.
The Batesville Pioneers positioned themselves for their first 5A-East District baseball championship in five years with a doubleheader sweep in their home finale at the North Complex Tuesday night. They held off late charges in both games while defeating the Paragould Rams 8-5 and 8-4.