NEWARK — Des Arc’s all-state pitcher Jacie Bell didn’t seem bothered by the new rule change for high school softball here Monday.
The pitching rubber was moved back by three feet, a move that will occur nationwide next season. Bell fired a 1-hitter and was just two outs away from a no-hitter when Tia Moore reached safely. Des Arc won 9-0.
“She has a great change-up. We’re not used to seeing speed like that and then a change-up like that,” Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said.
Des Arc finished runner-up in the Class 2A State Tournament last year.
HIGHLAND — The Cave City Cavemen opened the season with an offensive display here Monday afternoon as they defeated the Highland Rebels 17-6 in a nonconference baseball game.
Each team scored two runs in the first inning and then Highland jumped ahead 6-2 with a 4-run surge in the bottom of the second. Cave City knotted it at 6-6 with a single run in the third and three in the fourth.
Of the eight area high school teams qualifying for state tournament, four are scheduled to play Tuesday.
Following are capsules on the opposing teams of two of those. Capsules on the other opponents will run in Tuesday’s edition.
The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles and Screamin’ Eagles are hosting the Class 1A State Tournament in Lynn and their first-round opponents at 1 and 2:30, respectively, Tuesday afternoon are the No. 1-ranked Bradley Lady Bears and Bears.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz won a first here Saturday night with a 70-62 high school basketball victory over the Cotter Lady Warriors in the 2A North Region Tournament finals at Midland High School.
“Believe it or not, that’s the first region championship Melbourne has won in girls’ basketball,” Melbourne Coach Bruce Adams said. “We’ve won lots of titles, but this is the first region tournament Melbourne’s girls have won since the regional format was begun.”
CONWAY — The Lyon College Pipers earned a 9-1 victory over Baker University and lost 2-1 to Avila College during play at the Central Baptist College Invitational here Saturday.
Lyon (6-6) got a stellar game-one pitching performance from Faith Richmond (3-3), but only managed two hits in the pitcher’s duel. Richmond struck out eight and gave up only two hits in seven complete innings. Helen Zyjewski and Chelsea Fowler provided a hit apiece for Lyon.
In game two, Kristi Kelley slapped three hits and the Pipers hit two home runs to coast to the run-rule win.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Pioneers went 1-1-1 and the Southside Southerners went 1-2 in high school soccer scrimmages at the Paragould Invitational Tournament here over the weekend.
On Friday, the Jonesboro Golden Hurricane outscored the Pioneers 4-2 in a penalty-kick tiebreaker after scoreless tie in regulation. On Saturday, the Pioneers blanked the Greene County Tech Eagles 5-0 and the Southerners 6-0.
The Nettleton Raiders defeated the Southerners 2-0 on Friday. Saturday, the Southerners defeated Marion 2-1 before falling to the Pioneers.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Senior pitcher Nick Salahub handcuffed the No. 3 Oklahoma City Stars in a 6-2 game-one victory of a doubleheader split on Saturday at Jim Wade Stadium.
The Scots just missed the sweep as they lost game two by a 9-7 count.
Salahub (4-1) has won four straight decisions since opening the season with a loss and has won 14 of his last 15 starts over the past two seasons. On Saturday, Salahub allowed six hits, struck out five and walked only one in seven complete innings.
The Blue Mountain Toppers shot 47 percent from the 3-point arc and hit 27 free throws en route to an 80-69 upset of the Lyon Pipers on Saturday in TranSouth Athletic Conference action at Becknell Gym.
Lyon (17-12, 7-9) ended the regular season with three straight conference losses and fell into a fifth-place tie in the TranSouth standings with Martin Methodist. Lyon won the tie-breaker and will travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take on fourth-seeded and No. 17 Trevecca Nazarene Wednesday in the first round of the TranSouth Tournament.
The Lyon Scots closed the regular season with a hard-fought, 99-93 victory over the Blue Mountain Toppers Saturday in Becknell Gymnasium.
The victory was the first for the Scots since a 74-67 decision over Philander Smith on Jan. 18. It ended an 11-game losing streak.
Six Scots scored in double figures, led by senior James Jackson’s 20 points. Freshman Slater Belew added 17 while Brandon Cowart pitched in 13, Andy Lee 12, Hunter Sample 11 and Quinn Cooper 10.
Yvonne Satterwhite and Chris Baxter won the Batesville Women’s and Men’s Bowling Associations Mixed No-Tap Tournament recently at Hollywood Bowl.
Satterwhite-Baxter topped 38 teams with a 1,611 series. The score was compiled from the best three of four games and the team’s handicap.
The team of Shelia Strain-Jeff Phillips finished second with a score of 1,594.
Jake Thomas recorded a unanimous decision win over Dominique Azeez in the main event of Bad Boy Promotions’ Brawl For All on Saturday night in Batesville’s Army National Guard Armory.
The 4-round affair went the distance after Azeez survived a barrage of punches from Thomas, a local fighter who moved to Batesville from Nashville, Tenn. Thomas is an employee at Bad Boy Mowers.
A new White River Roadrunners Race Series got started Saturday with the running of the Penguin Run 5K/10K, and it even included a new race.
Little else new happened at the finish line, however. Clan Weatherford and Emily Carroll, the Izard County runners who dominated the inaugural series last year, got off to a good start.
Weatherford won the men’s overall title, setting a personal-best time of 38 minutes, 7.49 seconds over the new 10-kilometer course. Previously, the race included only a 5K route.
Carroll won the women’s title with a time of 44:51.43.