Five Guard-circulation area softball teams qualified for state tournaments, which are set to begin Friday.
Melbourne, Cedar Ridge and Midland will represent the North in the Class 2A State Tournament in Junction City and/or Norphlet.
Hillcrest and Izard County are the area’s Region 2 representatives for the Class 1A tournament, which is being played in Viola.
Melbourne, the top seed in the North is slated opposite Quitman, the fourth seed from the East in a noon showdown in Junction City.
PADUCAH, Ky. — The Lyon College Scots pounded out 16 hits and Josh McNatt pitched eight strong innings in a 12-5 elimination of the No. 6-seed Freed-Hardeman Lions on Tuesday in the losers bracket of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Aaron Thornton, Cory Ford and Kody Pinson smacked three hits apiece for the Scots (30-22), who advance to face Martin Methodist this afternoon at 3:30. Freed-Hardeman finished its season at 33-24.
Now, it’s another day and place.
The Batesville-Greene County Tech high school baseball doubleheader was postponed for the second time when an afternoon shower made the field unplayable at Bland Park in Paragould on Tuesday.
Now, the key two games in the 5A-East District will be played on the Pioneers’ home field at the Batesville North Complex because it did not get rained on. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., as originally scheduled.
BROCKWELL — It was enough to make anyone scream — winners and losers.
The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles lost a 3-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning here Tuesday night. About two and a half hours later, the Screamin’ Eagles lost the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament championship game.
The Viola Longhorns won it by a 5-4 score in the bottom of the 15th inning, a little more than four and half hours after the high school baseball game started.
“You don’t want to be on the losing end of one like that,” Coach Andy Durham said. “It was just such a tough loss.
MARKED TREE — For the third straight year, the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz are region champions in softball.
Their latest crown was awarded Tuesday after a 7-3 win against the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves.
Melbourne scored all the runs it would need in the third inning when it sent four in. A single run was added in the fifth and two more crossed in the sixth. All of Cedar Ridge’s runs came in the fifth.
The Lady Timberwolves’ rally was cut short by a base-running mistake between first and second on a fly ball to the outfield.
The WRMC Run the Wave 5K Run-Walk is set for Saturday morning and the start-finish line is at the White River Medical Center.
Registration for the 5-kilometer race will begin at 6:30 at the hospital. The race is to begin at 8. The registration fee is $20.
The race is the fifth of nine in the White River Roadrunners Series. The defending race and series champions are Clan Weatherford and Emily Carroll.
For more information, call Clint James (870) 262-6168.
Nick Palese, a Batesville High graduate and a baseball player for the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles, recently received a scholar-athlete award.
Palese earned the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference honor after completing his sophomore year with a grade-point average of 3.25 or better.
CALICO ROCK — Fisher-men from throughout the area will be competing for more than $1,800 in prize money Saturday during the second annual Calico Rock Trout Tournament, according to Rich Fischer, who is helping publicize the event.
Sponsored by the Calico Rock Organization for Revitalization Efforts, the tourney will award $500 to the person bringing the heaviest trout to the weigh-in. Second prize will be $250 and the third-place winner will take home $125.
Move everything to today for Guard-circulation high school baseball and softball teams.
The Batesville-at-Greene County Tech baseball doubleheader in Paragould was washed out and rescheduled for today, as were region tournament championship and seeding games for 10 area teams — five, each, for baseball and softball.
The two games in Paragould are regular-season affairs, but they, too, have championship implications and could alter seedings for the Class 5A State Tournament.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The 2010 TranSouth Athletic Conference Baseball Scholar Athletes list has been released and nine Lyon Scots were named to the squad. In addition, one Scot was named an NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Pitcher Jon Bobbitt was honored with both awards. It was Bobbitt’s second selection to the TranSouth Scholar Athlete team and his first NAIA Scholar Athlete selection.
PADUCAH, Ky. — The Lyon Scots took one on the chin Monday in a 7-1 loss to the No. 2-seed Union Bulldogs during first-round play in the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Lyon sent its lone run across in the top of the first inning when leadoff man Cory Ford scored on Kyle Kallsnick’s 2-out single. Ford reached on a single, stole second and went to third on a fielder’s choice.
Union responded with a solo run in the bottom half of the inning and then scattered its remaining runs throughout the course of the game, the biggest blow being three runs in the sixth.
The Bethel Wildcats ruined the Lyon Scots’ Senior Day by sweeping a TranSouth Athletic Conference doubleheader at Scots Field.
Lyon won the series opener on Thursday, but dropped Friday’s regular season-ending twinbill 13-10 and 10-3.
The Scots (29-21, 9-11) ended the season in fifth place in the TranSouth standings and are the No. 5 seed in today’s TranSouth Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament. Lyon is scheduled to play No. 2 seed Union at 3:30 p.m. in Paducah, Ky. Bethel (32-15, 10-10) locked up fourth place and is slated opposite No. 3 seed Martin Methodist today.