The Lyon College Scots won two of three in a TranSouth Athletic Conference-opening weekend with Martin Methodist at Scots Field.
The teams split Friday’s doubleheader with the Scots taking the opener 3-0. The RedHawks responded with an 11-5 decision in the nightcap. Saturday’s 9-inning game was a wild affair with the Scots coming back from huge deficits to win 20-19.
It was a good start for favorites and Guard-circulation area teams in the small-school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic at the Batesville North Complex on Saturday.
Of the four area teams who played, three won. Cave City blistered Bradford 21-0 in four innings, Midland blanked Mountain View 10-0 in six innings, and Southside thrashed Riverview 8-1. The loser was Cedar Ridge, who got edged by West Side Greers Ferry 6-4.
The defending champions didn’t return, but one of the winningest teams in the small-school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic did and it is a contender again in the annual event at the Batesville North Complex.
“Coach Bise told me we’ve won it twice and been runners-up a bunch of times,” Heber Springs Coach Darren Gowen said, referring to Jeff Bise, the Panthers’ longtime head coach who now assists Gowen.
How many times the runners-up?
FAYETTEVILLE — Even in a season as long as college baseball’s February-June marathon, a particular game or two can haunt for awhile.
Arkansas suffered one of those clammy nightmares last Saturday in Baton Rouge, La., versus reigning national and SEC champion LSU.
Following Friday night’s 6-3 triumph, the Razorbacks Saturday lost a 5-1 lead with LSU’s 7-run seventh and and lost the game 8-7.
Obviously affected, the Razorbacks never were in Sunday’s game they lost 5-1.
Only hours after FIU running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death on the school’s Miami campus, the university president said in a video message that officials “will not rest” until his attacker is found.
“Our hearts are heavy,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg said this morning.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Butler became the latest mid-major team to knock off a top seed in the NCAA tournament.
Willie Veasley scored five of his 13 points during an 11-0 run down the stretch, and the Bulldogs rallied to upset No. 1 seed Syracuse 63-59 on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals for their 23rd straight victory.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (31-4) fought through Syracuse’s vaunted zone defense and kept the Orange (30-5) from getting their fast break going most of the night.
Today’s rain and the chance of more this weekend have forced cancellations and reorganization of the sports calendar.
Lyon College’s softball doubleheader with Ouachita Baptist, which was scheduled for today, has been canceled. So has the first round of the 14th Annual Mid-America Modified Championship. The latter is scheduled to run Friday and Saturday (see story above).
LOCUST GROVE — The 14th Annual Mid-America Modified Championship, which was scheduled to begin tonight, will try to settle for a 2-day show Friday and Saturday at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Rain forced the cancelation of tonight’s show, but the forecast looks favorable for the remainder of the week. Last year’s event was completely washed out.
Each night will consist of heat races, B mains and the main event feature, which pays $2,000 to the winner. Hot laps are set to begin at 7:30 with heat races following at 8.
STRAWBERRY — Tyler Parker and Dylan Wooten pitched a 2-hitter and the Wooten brothers provided the offensive pop as the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Calico Rock Pirates 4-0 in a nonconference high school baseball game here Wednesday.
Parker earned the win, shutting out the Pirates over five innings. He gave up two hits, struck out five and walked three. Wooten closed it out, striking out four and walking two in two innings.
CAVE CITY — Rachel Roebuck pitched the win and provided the game-winning fielder’s choice when the Cave City Cavewomen defeated the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles 6-5 here Wednesday.
Cheyenne Childers hit a 2-run home run over the fence in the third inning and scored the winner. She reached on an error and stole her way to third.
Claire Caldwell, Lindsey Wooldridge, Monica McDougal and Childers provided two hits apiece for the 5-1 Cavewomen.
Roebuck struck out six, walked one and scattered five hits over seven innings.
The first two rounds of the NCAA tournament are supposed to give us enough upsets and feel-good stories to tide us over until next season.
The second weekend, the round of 16 and the regional finals, are supposed to be the time the teams from the power conferences remind us why the schools from those leagues dominate the Top 25 all season and fill the upper seed lines in the tournament bracket.
Not this weekend. One of those pesky “mid-major” teams is in each of the regionals.