The Paragould Lady Rams kept their season alive and ended the Batesville Lady Pioneers’ season with a 5-1 decision Tuesday night at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
The Lady Pioneers forced the issue by winning the opener 2-0. A Batesville victory in the nightcap would have sent the Lady Pioneers to the state tournament and the Lady Rams would have gone back home to stay (see scores, records and standings on this page).
Instead, the Lady Pioneers missed out on the postseason for the fourth straight season.
PARAGOULD — Darn those Rams.
That’s what Batesville Pioneer baseball fans were saying after the Paragould Rams held off the Pioneers for a 5-4 victory in the nightcap of a 5A-East District doubleheader here Tuesday night.
The Pioneers won the opener 6-2. With a win in the nightcap they would have moved atop the district standings and would have faced the Greene County Tech Eagles at home Monday to decide the district championship.
BLACK ROCK — Derek Wooten pitched a gem to lead the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles to the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship here Tuesday afternoon.
Hillcrest blanked Mammoth Spring 4-0 as Wooten pitched a complete game 2-hitter.
Wooten struck out 13 and walked three. Offensively, he provided a pair of singles.
Taylor Neeley hit two for two with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Jordan Hunter hit an RBI single in the third.
SALEM — Midland won the Class 2A-2 District Tournament championship with a 4-1 decision over the Salem Lady Greyhounds here Tuesday.
The Lady Mustangs began with a single run in the bottom of the first inning when Emily Sharp hit a 2-out single to score Nikki Emerson.
Midland (24-9) added to its lead in the third with a 3-run rally that was started by a bloop single by Farrah Turner. Emerson followed with a triple and scored on a double by Raigan Skidmore. With one out, Sharp delivered again with a double to send in Skidmore and cap Midland’s scoring.
JONESBORO — Hillcrest senior Breanna Doyle put on a showcase performance during the Sun Senior Classic girls basketball game Sunday at Jonesboro High’s Don Riggs Hurricane Gym.
Doyle scored 20 points to lead the White team to a 95-68 win over the Blue team. The all-state selection was credited with eight rebounds and four steals and won the game’s Most Valuable Player award.
Christine Smith, a 5-foot-7 guard from Shiloh Christian High School, has signed to play basketball for the Lyon College Pipers, according to a news release from the college.
Smith averaged 7.2 points per game and connected on 33 percent of her 3-pointers during as a senior.
“We definitely needed a combo guard. She gives us versatility and is extremely talented as a 3-point shooter,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said.
HARRISON — The Flippin Bobcats edged the Cave City Cavemen 4-3 in the Class 3A 1-East District Tournament championship game here Monday.
Cave City earned the trip to the title game earlier in the day with a 8-7 squeaker over Valley Springs.
The Tigers rallied for six runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run on base before the last out was recorded.
The Cavemen scored seven runs in the top of the fifth.
SALEM — The Midland Lady Mustangs earned a trip to the Class 2A-2 District Tournament high school softball championship game with a 10-5 win over the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves here Monday.
Cedar Ridge opened the game with two runs in the top of the first inning, but Midland answered with four in the bottom half.
The seesaw battle continued in the second inning, when Cedar Ridge sent in another pair to knot the game at 4-4. However, Midland (23-9) took the lead for good with a 3-run rebuttal in the bottom half.
HEBER SPRINGS — Batesville swept the Heber Springs State Bank Junior Relays here Monday, and it was a first for the Junior Pioneers.
“That’s the first time we’ve beaten Heber Springs boys and they are the only ones who have beaten us,” Junior Pioneer Coach Doug Walls said. “They beat us at Beebe and at Heber Springs’ first meet.”
Monday’s win gave the Junior Pioneers three victories.
The White River Roadrunners will hear from a guest speaker on training and nutrition for runners and walkers at the club’s monthly meeting Tuesday, according to a news release.
Jeff Callahan, a trainer who works with distance runners in Little Rock, will speak.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Citizens Bank Annex. Club members and visitors will meet an hour earlier at the annex for a run.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Mitchell Powers pitched the eighth and sent an eighth-inning pitch over the left-center field boards here Friday in Burns Park to lift the Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs over the Batesville Pioneers for a 6-5 victory in a nonconference high school baseball game.
“We left nine runners on base; CAC left 10. It was a war of attrition,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “We didn’t execute. We blew several sacrifice bunt attempts and we committed a key error in the fourth.”