SHERWOOD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers defeated the Magnolia Lady Panthers 4-2 here Saturday afternoon to avoid being swept in the Bootsie Gordon Memorial Tournament.
In a first-round contest Saturday morning, Sheridan defeated Batesville 9-1. In the consolation bracket, Beebe edged Batesville 6-5.
Sheridan pitcher Hannah Hicks fired a 2-hitter against Batesville. She struck out four and walked two.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves extended their win streak to six games and it includes the Lady Timberwolves Classic championship.
Saturday, they capped a 3-0 day by defeating the Tuckerman Lady Bulldogs 7-5 in the title game. Earlier, they defeated the Bradford Lady Eagles 9-4 and the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles 7-4.
First-year Coach Joey Nelson said it was mostly about throwing strikes and playing defense. “We lost our first game of the season to Des Arc. During this 6-game win streak, it’s our defense that’s putting us over the top.”
SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers finished sixth in the Searcy Lion Relays here Thursday, snapping their win streak in high school track and field meets at 21.
The Little Rock Parkview Lady Patriots won, followed by Cabot, Vilonia, North Little Rock and Lake Hamilton. Points and other team details were not available at press time.
Lady Pioneer sophomore Natalie Meinzer swept the distance races, winning the 1,600-meter run in five minutes, 27 seconds and the 3,200 in 11:48.
The senior boys division was won by Vilonia.
SHERWOOD — The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears regained the lead with three runs in the fifth inning here Thursday and held on for a 7-4 victory over the Batesville Lady Pioneers in nonconference high school softball action.
Jenna Canady’s 2-run triple — one of five straight hits — was the big blow in the bottom of the fifth frame.
Batesville had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the inning on run-scoring singles by Shelby Winkle, Kandess Pfitzner and Sidney Lewis. Kelsey Weaver led off the inning with a triple. Maggie Beshears walked and scored.
The White River Roadrunners will review a recent race and make plans for other races at its meeting Tuesday night, according to a news release from the local running club.
The meeting in the Citizens Bank Annex is scheduled to begin at 7. Members and guests are invited to arrive an hour early for a run.
Among the races in the planning states are the 1040 Take Run, set for April 17, and the High Rock Hop, a trail run in Sandtown set for March 20.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside and Jonesboro Westside Consolidated split nonconference soccer matches at Stewart Field here Thursday.
The Southerners won 1-0 on the strength of Marcos Ramirez’s unassisted goal in the second half, and the shutout performance by Southside defenders. Goalie Brandon Ritter turned away 10 shots.
“Our defense played really well,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “Offensively, it was not a very good game for us. We got a lot of shots but our timing was not good. You could see we were a little rusty.”
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen overcame an early deficit and run ruled the Viola Longhorns 16-6 in five innings here Thursday.
Viola jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Cave City answered with a 4-run effort in the bottom half of the inning.
Garrett McSpadden hit a 2-out grand slam to knot the score. He finished with two hits and five runs batted in. It was the first of four homers for the Cavemen.
CLINTON — The Southside Lady Southerners opened their track and field season with a fifth-place finish in the Clinton Yellowjacket Relays here Thursday night.
Maddie Hooper collected Southside’s one blue ribbon with a vault of 7 feet, 6 inches.
Emily Carroll, Melbourne’s only scorer in the meet, won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. Her winning times were 5 minutes, 54 seconds and 12:34.
The team titles went to Clinton’s boys and Yelville-Summit’s girls.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland pitcher Kayla Bowren threw the sixth no-hitter of her career here Thursday as the Lady Mustangs blanked the Greers Ferry West Side Lady Eagles 11-0.
Bowren walked three and struck out eight in five innings of work.
“Kayla was dominant in the circle again without the negatives of her first outing,” Midland Coach Rick McKinney said. “She had much better command of her change-up and spotted the heat (fast ball) well.”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky freshman John Wall was named Southeastern Conference player of the year by league coaches.
His peers chose Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings as coach of the year.
Freshman of the year honors went to the Wildcats’ DeMarcus Cousins while Florida’s Ray Shipman was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Mississippi State’s shotblocking center Jarvis Varnado was voted the top defensive player for the third straight year. Vandy’s John Jenkins was the league’s top sixth man.