OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — LSU is within a win of the College World Series finals, and Louis Coleman is pumped.
“We get to go to the zoo,” the Tigers’ star pitcher said with a big smile after a 9-1 victory over Arkansas on Monday night.
A visit to the renowned Omaha zoo, across the street from Rosenblatt Stadium, is only part of the reward the Tigers earned for winning.
No. 3-seeded LSU (53-16) gets three days off while Virginia (49-14-1) and Arkansas (40-23) play an elimination game Wednesday to see which team meets the Tigers in the Bracket 1 final.
Southside Lady Southerner Lunden Roberts was selected for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas softball team.
Roberts, a senior and an all-state selection in basketball and softball, hit .494 with three home runs while driving in 38 runs and scoring 30. Roberts has signed a letter of intent to attend Western Illinois University and play basketball for the Westerwinds.
Kelsey Armstrong, a senior from Lake Hamilton, was named Player of the Year.
Tyler Sarracino, a 5-10 forward from Desha, has committed to play for Coach Brett Parker’s Scots.
Sarracino was named to the all-state team this year and was a 2-time all-conference player for Southside.
Sarracino recorded 15 goals and nine assists, both team highs, to lead the Southerners to an 8-8 record. They qualified for the postseason and lost in the first round to the Little Rock Lutheran Lions.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Little Rock Continental Express, winner of the Junior American Legion State Tournament last July in Batesville, is still winning.
Friday, the Expressmen eliminated the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 9-7, in the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic. Almost 11 months ago, they defeated Batesville’s Junior Legion team before defeating Jonesboro Fat City, the tournament favorite, in the title game.
Pat Smith has built an impressive resumé inside the mixed martial arts (MMA) octagon, but he didn’t last long from a boxing stance Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
Kendrick Releford, an up-and-comer from Fort Worth, Texas, knocked out Smith in the second round of the Night of Future Champs main event.
Releford and Smith pounded on each other early, but Releford was able to back Smith into his corner then delivered a heavy left to the head before finishing off with a quick combo.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Mark Martin was just trying to finish. He ended up in Victory Lane.
With the laps winding down in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, Martin and most of the other drivers in the LifeLock 400 were simply hoping to conserve enough gas to get to the end of the 200-lap event.
“I always, always come up short in those gas things,” Martin said. “I’m probably about two and 25 in these things.”
It wasn’t an easy day for the 50-year-old driver.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — No team came into the NCAA baseball tournament struggling any more than Arkansas.
Right now, no team seems better.
With Andy Wilkins homering and driving in five runs, Arkansas started off the College World Series with a 10-6 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
The Razorbacks reached a double-digit run total for the fourth time in six games. Nine of their runs scored with two outs.
American Legion baseball: Mountain Home Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic — Batesville Atlas Asphalt vs. Little Rock Express, Twin Lakes Park, 5 p.m.
Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8
Golf: Callaway Handicap Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk (Melbourne), schedule TBA
Boxing: “Night of Future Champs” at National Guard armory, doors open at 6:30 p.m., first fight, 7:30
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen defeated Marshfield, Mo., 9-4 in a first-round game of the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic here Thursday afternoon.
No other details were available at press time on Batesville’s victory in the annual American Legion baseball tournament.
The Highwaymen are scheduled to play Little Rock Express in Twin Lakes Park at 5 p.m. today.
The National Guard Armory is home for many fighters, but on Saturday night it will host a different type of warrior.
The Night of Future Champs boxing event will feature an 8-bout card with former Mixed Martial Arts star Pat Smith squaring off against up-and-comer Kendrick Releford in the 8-round main event.
Smith’s boxing career has put him up against some of the best in the business, including a recent victory against Butterbean.
In the octagon, Smith has grappled with well-known stars such as Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie.
HEBER SPRINGS — The William Carl Garner Visitor Center is hosting a beginners fly fishing class and a boater education class, according to a news release.
Both classes are free.
The fly fishing class will be from 10 a.m. until noon June 20.
“Cosponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, this is a fun and educational seminar,” the release states. “It’s the perfect class for those wanting to learn, or with limited knowledge of, the art of fly fishing.
The boater education class will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 22 and 23.
Batesville golfer Garth Branstetter finished fourth in a pair of Arkansas Golf Association junior tournaments recently.
Branstetter’s first fourth-place outing was last weekend at the Jonesboro Country Club as it hosted the Joe Boone Tournament.
The most recent concluded Wednesday when the 16-year-old completed a 3-day total of 222. That was just six over par at The 27th Faded Rose Bruce Jenkins Memorial Tournament at Rebsamen Golf Course in Little Rock.
Branstetter shot 74-72-76 to compile the 222 total. Par is 72.