After three weeks of playing away from the North Complex, the Batesville Pioneer baseball team played a little bit here Tuesday.
That’s about the most anyone could say after two 3-inning run-ruled victories over the West Helena Cougars. The Pioneers won the opener 15-0. The score in the nightcap was 25-0.
The thoroughness and efficiency the Pioneers showed did please their coach. The first walloping didn’t take long, finishing in just a little under an hour. The second one took longer, but only because the Cougars committed 12 errors.
SALEM — The Salem Lady Greyhounds led 3-1 after three innings, but a 4-run surge in the top of the fourth inning and four more in the seventh led the Midland Lady Mustangs to a 9-5 win here Tuesday.
Midland remains in second place in the Class 2A-2 District with the win. The Lady Mustangs are 7-3 in the district. Cedar Ridge is in the hunt as well, but Melbourne secured the title with a 10-1 mark.
“I’ve been impressed all year with the level of play in our conference,” Midland Coach Rick McKinney said. “There are four really competitive and well-organized teams.”
SOUTHSIDE — Jared Dahl hit a grand slam and a solo homer and two teammates added fence clearers, but that wasn’t enough for the Southside Southerners in a 20-16 loss to the Bald Knob Bulldogs here Tuesday.
Dahl’s grand slam actually came Friday. Seconds after his trot around the bases, heavy rains fell and the Class 4A-2 District contest was suspended until Tuesday.
Dustin Phelps blasted a 2-run, pinch-hit home run and Kody Pinson drove in two runs to pace the Lyon Scots in a 7-4 victory over the Williams Baptist Eagles in nonconference play on Tuesday afternoon at Scots Field.
Lyon (28-17) has won three straight and seven of its last nine games. Williams Baptist (18-35) has lost its last 11 contests and has not won since a 4-2 decision over Missouri Baptist on April 10 at Walnut Ridge.
HEBER SPRINGS — Two Southside athletes qualified for one more track and field postseason event here Monday.
In the 4A-2 District meet, Lady Southerner freshman Ashlynne King placed second in the triple jump and Southerner junior Brandon Ritter did the same in the boys’ division of the same event.
In Class 4A, the top two finishers in district meets advance to the state event. Pocahontas is scheduled to host the state meet on Friday. The first event is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their sixth straight 5A-East District track and field title here Monday, and they didn’t hurt their chances to do the same in the Class 5A State Meet when they return to Paragould High School on Friday.
“Yes. We’re in position, again,” Batesville Coach Stuart Smith said.
But that’s as far as he would go.
“I don’t yet know who else is qualified for the state meet, what the other teams have, and we didn’t qualify as many people as we have in the past,” Smith said.
Four Lyon College softball players were named to the 2010 TranSouth Athletic Conference Softball Scholar Athlete team and two of those players also earned NAIA Scholar Athlete honors, according to a release from the league office.
Lyon outfielders Kristi Kelley (DeBerry, Texas) and Kristan Inman (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) were honored with both TranSouth and NAIA Scholar Athlete honors. Utility player Tenequa Martin (Taylor) and pitcher Faith Richmond (Van Buren) were named to the TranSouth Scholar Athlete team.
NEWARK — The youthful Cedar Ridge Timberwolves gave the Cave City Cavemen a challenge in a nonconference contest here Monday afternoon.
Cave City won 3-2 after trailing 2-0 in the sixth inning.
Justin Keller hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the home team ahead 2-0. And he kept the Cavemen at bay on the hill as well. Keller pitched the distance and had a 2-hitter going until Cave City’s bats came alive in the sixth.
NEWARK — Four runs in the top of the seventh inning helped the Midland Lady Mustangs pick up a key win over the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves here Monday.
Midland trailed 4-2 entering the final frame, but won the Class 2A-2 District contest 6-4. The teams are battling for second place in the conference standings. Midland’s win helped Melbourne (16-3, 10-1) clinch the regular-season crown.
NEWPORT — Weather didn’t get in the way of drag racing Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
Mark Simpson defeated Steve Simpson in the street division feature.
Joe Williams was quickest down the line in the foot brake division. Don Stitcher was second.
The super pro winner was Michael Griffith, who beat Stephen Wilson in the feature.
Michael Linn had Shane Agre in tow for the win in the quads division.
HEBER SPRINGS — Cedar Ridge completed its sweep of the 2A-2 District Track and Field championships here Thursday with the Lady Timberwolves and Timberwolves team victories.
Cedar Ridge’s juniors won the girls and boys team titles the week before.
The Lady T-wolves held off second-place Melbourne with their depth. Cedar Ridge totaled 161 points. Melbourne finished with 124. Both teams won six events.
Rain pretty much washed out the weekend sports schedule in the Guard circulation area, and it also knocked out a couple of events outside our area that will cause some unexpected trips today.
The 4A-2 District track and field meet set for Friday in Heber Springs and the 5A-East slated for Saturday in Paragould were both casualties to the heavy thunderstorms that hit much of the state over the weekend.