BLYTHEVILLE — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen split with Blytheville Casons in an American Legion AAA doubleheader here Thursday evening.
Blytheville dominated the first game 7-0 and Batesville took the nightcap 9-6. Both games counted in the zone.
Justin Elder pitched the win for Blytheville. He went the distance and recorded three hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
“He did a fantastic job,” Batesville Coach Tony Roepcke said.
Travis Galloway and Briggs Carlton won the Batesville Bassmasters tournament Saturday on Greers Ferry Lake by hauling in five bass totaling 17.80 pounds, said secretary Colin Patterson.
The stringer included Galloway’s big bass of the tournament, which weighed 5.28 pounds.
It was the club’s first night tournament of the year.
Flann Fife and Steve Cannon weren’t far behind, with five fish totaling 16.68 pounds, and Billy Littleton and Tommy Clark placed third with five fish and 16 pounds even.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 tonight in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank to discuss two upcoming tournaments, secretary Colin Patterson announced.
The events are the July 24 tournament from 7 p.m. until 2 the following morning, out of Quarry Landing, and the Aug. 14 White River Classic, which the club hosts.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on a roll, at least by his recent standards, as he returns to Daytona International Speedway this week.
His eighth-place finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway moved him just three points outside the top-12 in the Sprint Cup Series standings. With one of his best tracks before him, Earnhardt could make some serious gains Saturday night and find himself in legitimate contention for a berth in the Chase for the championship.
He knew it, too, as he completed the final few laps at New Hampshire.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU Tigers have picked up another transfer, although this one will have to sit out a season because of NCAA rules.
Former Mandeville star Jamie Bruno said Wednesday that he’s headed to LSU after two seasons at Tulane.
The former Class 5A all-stater played first base and designated hitter for the Green Wave last season and batted .229 with four home runs.
The left-handed Bruno is playing for the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League this summer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the launch of a website for the new NAIA Eligibility Center.
The new site, www.PlayNAIA.org, is the destination for member institutions, parents, high school guidance counselors and coaches. The site features numerous resources and includes a list of frequently asked questions, scholarship information, details about the eligibility center process, fees and much more.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Arkansas Elite, a 13-and-under softball team, won the 14-and-under USSSA Open state tournament here over the weekend and qualified to play in the 14-and-under USSSA World Series in Kansas City, according to a news release.
En route to the title, Arkansas Elite beat Arkansas Nemesis 6-5, Intensity 7-0 and Arkansas Crush 10-0. Elite faced Crush again for the championship and won 3-0.
Maybe the Highwaymen can find some energy on the road.
On their home field at the North Complex, the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen didn’t show much while getting run over by Paragould 7up in the first game of a Zone 2 American Legion baseball doubleheader.
The final score was 11-3, and it really wasn’t that close.
Due to some afternoon thunderstorms, the Highwaymen, Batesville’s older AAA Legion squad, had not played since this time last week.
NEWPORT — Ed and Lorie Pinckard led a strong contingent of Batesville golfers and won the Newport Country Club Couples Tournament here over the weekend.
The Pinckards won with rounds of 63 and 62 during the 2-day event. John and Cecilia Vinson finished fourth in the championship flight with a 130. Andy and Mandy Brock shot a 136 and finished seventh.
Matt McDonald and Tonya Grace won the first flight with a 132. Other flight winners were Rex Williams and Shannon Vinson (137) and Eddie and Robin Brock (149).
JONESBORO — Garth Branstetter, a senior-to-be at Batesville High, finished second in the 16-17 age division in the Joe Boone Memorial Tournament at the Jonesboro Country Club here last week.
Branstetter shot a 75-74—149 and finished two strokes behind Wesley Harris of Hot Springs. James Fiscus of Searcy also shot a 149.
Preston Harmon, who will be a junior at Izard County, shot a 155 and finished in a 3-way tie for sixth. Batesville High’s Shayne Vanbenschoten shot a 162.
Playing in the 14-15 age division, Melbourne’s Bradley Lamb shot a 161 and finished seventh.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Nathan Circle of Hardy qualified for the USGA Public Links Championship with a 9-under-par 135 recently at Stonelinks Golf Course in North Little Rock.
Circle (65-70—135) edged Ethan Adamson (68-70) of Fort Smith by three strokes and Seth Sullivant (70-69) of Mountain Home by four. Circle parred the first 12 holes, then recorded three birdies and a bogie to close the first round. The putter got hot in the afternoon with five birdies, one eagle and 12 pars.
SEARCY — At least three Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics with their results in a district qualifying swim meet here Saturday.
Nine-year-old Seth Bailey qualified in seven individual events. Louis Sonnier, 12, qualified in four individual events. Julie Terhune, 15, qualified in one event.
Qualifiers are to report to Virginia Beach, Va., on Aug. 2 to register. Competition is scheduled Aug. 3-6.
Below are the Torpedoes’ top-6 scoring finishers: