INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski clipped the final piece of the net and gave it a kiss. Then he hoisted it skyward for all those Duke fans to savor.
After claiming the fourth of his national championships, Coach K showed he still knows how to celebrate a title.
The Beebe Badgers took round 1 with the Searcy Lions, winning the high school baseball game 6-3 at the Batesville North Complex on Saturday night.
With it came the Badgers’ first First Community Bank Pioneer Classic championship.
Round 2 between the White County neighbors is scheduled for May 10. That single game in Beebe will be a warmer for the state tournaments, which begin on May 14.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cave City Cavewomen held off a pesky Southside Lady Southerner squad to collect a nonconference softball victory here Friday.
Cave City led 11-1 after four and a half innings before settling for a 12-7 decision. Southside was three outs away from being run ruled, but put together three straight 2-run innings to make it interesting. Cave City’s power punch came in the top of the fourth inning, when it sent in five runs.
The Lady Southerners (7-5) didn’t help themselves either with seven errors. Cave City was charged with three.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — Lyon sophomore Cory Ford hit safely in all three games here over the weekend to run this his 17th straight game but the Lyon College Scots dropped two of three to the Freed-Hardeman Lions.
In Saturday’s finale of the 3-game TranSouth Athletic Conference series, Ford hit two for four. He has recorded a hit in 27 of the team’s 30 games this season. Jose Rivas holds the Lyon College record for a hitting streak with 26 during the 2005 season.
It was a 5A-East District and Paragould showcase in the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic large school championship game Saturday night at the Batesville North Complex.
The Greene County Tech Lady Eagles collected their first Orange Crush title by beating the Paragould Lady Rams, their crosstown and district rivals, 6-2. Paragould was trying to win their second straight Orange Crush crown.
Tech advanced to the final with two 1-run victories — 2-1 over Searcy and 3-2 over Central Arkansas Christian.
Paragould reached by downing Marion 6-2 and Batesville 7-1.
The first round of the Isle of Capri Late Model Series to be held at Batesville Motor Speedway was rained out over the weekend.
It has been rescheduled for April 16 and 17. Points racing for modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive is scheduled to begin Friday night.
For more information, call (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Collin Kuhn hit a grand slam in the ninth inning with two outs to lead Arkansas to a wild 17-16 win over Kentucky on Sunday.
Arkansas (22-6, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) trailed by three going into the bottom of the ninth after giving up an 8-run lead to the Wildcats (18-11, 2-7). The Razorbacks were down to their last strike when Kuhn knocked in the game-winning grand slam.
The 33 combined runs are the most scored at Baum Stadium since Arkansas beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 28-2 in 2007.
BOSTON (AP) — The Opening Day sideshows were all over the place.
A flyover by two jet planes and fireworks before the game. The ceremonial first pitch by Pedro Martinez. Live performances of “God Bless America” by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler during the seventh-inning stretch, and “Sweet Caroline,” a Red Sox theme song, by Neil Diamond after the top of the eighth.
INDIANAPOLIS — The differences in age and accomplishment are vast. Brad Stevens would have you believe the gulf is wider still.
The whiz-kid Butler coach said Sunday he was thrilled just to have worked the other end of the sideline from some of the deans of his profession. Now he gets to share the national championship stage with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.
“I think the best way I can put it,” Stevens said, “is they write books and I get to read ’em.
The Heber Springs Panthers worked their way into the club of 3-time winners of the small-school division of First Community Bank Pioneer Classic championships.
That’s about all anyone could say about the Panthers’ 8-5 victory over the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles at the North Complex on Thursday night. It was a grubby, workman’s hands sort of victory — not unusual for the championship game of a regular-season tournament that falls in the midst of and is surrounded by other and, sometimes, more-important conference games.”
BEEBE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers got back into the track and field winners circle here Thursday with a dominating performance at the Beebe Badger Relays.
The Lady Pioneers won with 108 points — 46 better than second-place Little Rock McClellan 62. Fourteen teams competed in the annual event.
FLIPPIN — The Cave City Cavewomen snuck out of Flippin with a 13-9, extra-innings win over the Lady Bobcats here Thursday evening.
Cave City led 5-2 midway through the fifth inning, but a 4-run surge by Flippin made it 6-5 in favor of the home team with two innings to play.
Down to their last two outs, the Cavewomen tied the game with a solo run in the seventh inning, forcing extra innings.
Each team scored twice in the eighth inning and then Cave City won it with a 5-run ninth.