High school softball: Class 2A North Region Tournament in Melbourne — Midland vs. Melbourne, Salem vs. Marked Tree, 1 p.m., consolation and championship games, 3; Class 1A Region 2 Tournament in Brockwell — Hillcrest vs. Viola, 3 p.m., Izard County vs. Calico Rock, 5; Class 3A Region 3 Tournament in Tuckerman — Cave City vs. Rivercrest, 3
High school baseball: Greene County Tech at Batesville, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 3:30 p.m.; Class 1A Region 2 Tournament in Viola — Hillcrest vs. Norfork, 6:30
LOCUST GROVE — Jeremy Tharp started his late model career in grand fashion Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Tharp won the NeSmith Late Models feature event and it was the first night he’d raced in that class. Tharp beat Jason Wilkey, Travis Ashley, Gregg Pectol and Jason Goodman to the finish line. Only five cars participated in the late model division, which is making its return to BMS after a 10-year absence.
The Lyon College Pipers were outscored 17-4 in a doubleheader loss to the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions Friday in TranSouth Athletic Conference softball action at House Field.
In game one, the Pipers (20-22, 5-9) suffered an 11-0 loss in six innings. In game two, Lyon rallied from an early 6-1 deficit to close the gap to just two runs, but fell 6-4 to the Lady Lions (24-8, 11-3).
Lyon’s Tenequa Martin and Kristi Keller each recorded two hits in game one and starting pitcher Faith Richmond (8-11) suffered the loss.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lyon senior Sam Neal did just about everything in the Scots’ doubleheader sweep of the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans and starting pitcher Nick Salahub tossed in a complete-game, 2-hitter in the rubber game.
Lyon won game one 12-9 and took the finale 10-1 at Jackson Field, allowing the Scots to take the season series just a day after a 9-5 loss to the Trojans.
VIOLA — Michael Spain and Dylan Wooten combined for a 4-hitter and Jordan Hunter hit two ground-rule doubles as the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles won their 20th game and assured themselves of at least three more with a 15-1 victory over the Rural Special Rebels in the 1A Region 2 Tournament here Saturday.
The 20-3 Screamin’ Eagles are scheduled to take on the Norfork Panthers this afternoon at 6:30 in one semifinal. The other semifinal is slated to follow and will pit Viola against Mammoth Spring.
HEBER SPRINGS — Carolyn Fowler turned in a state-qualifying performance here Friday to lead Southside’s results in the Heber Springs State Bank Relays.
Fowler placed fourth in the pole vault with a vault of eight feet, six inches. Teammate Erica Thomas placed seventh in the same event.
No Southerners provided a state-qualifying performance, but the 400-meter relay team did finish third. That team was made up of Christian Manna, Donnie Cooper, Jared Dahl and Josh Harris. Cooper also placed sixth in the triple jump.
The Batesville Junior High track teams swept the Pepsi Junior Pioneer Relays at Pioneer Stadium on Friday.
The Junior Pioneers collected 270 points, 148 better than second place Mountain Home.
Hunter Wilson won the discus competition with a hurl of 108 feet, four inches. Teammates Hunter Cowan, Khong Nguyen and Jacob Lawrence locked the top four spots in the event.
Daron Stigger bounced a little more than 35 feet to win the triple jump. He also won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.56 seconds.
MELBOURNE — The Midland Lady Mustangs and Melbourne Lady Bearkatz are scheduled to meet this afternoon at 1 in the Class 2A North Region Tournament semifinals.
The Lady Mustangs, regular season and tournament champions out of the 2A-2 District, advanced with an 8-5 victory over the Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds in a region tourney first-rounder on Saturday.
Melbourne defeated Buffalo Island Central 9-1. The other first-round scores were: Marked Tree 5, Cedar Ridge 3; and Salem 6, Riverside 2.
Golf: Citizens Bank Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain, 9 a.m.
College softball: Freed-Hardeman at Lyon, doubleheader, 2 p.m.
College baseball: Lyon at Trevecca Nazarene (Nashville, Tenn.), 2 p.m. High school track and field: Southside at Heber Springs, 3:30 p.m.
Junior high track and field: Southside at Pepsi Junior Pioneer Relays at Pioneer Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8
Region tournament action is set to begin Saturday and the Guard-circulation area is hosting two.
Melbourne will be the site for the Class 2A North Region Tournament while at the same time, Izard County will be hosting the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament in Brockwell.
In Melbourne, Salem and Riverside are set to get the day started at noon. Melbourne and Buffalo Island Central will follow around 1:45 and the second half of the day will feature Cedar Ridge versus Marked Trees and Midland vs. Marmaduke.
The Batesville Pioneers swept the Little Rock Christian Warriors 6-4 and 17-7 Thursday at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
In the opener, Erik Vaughn got the Pioneers started with a single. Jake Palese followed with the same and then Will Lindsey singled in Vaughn.
Ryan Coles hit a 3-run homer to put the home team up 4-0 in the first inning. He later gave all three back with an abysmal pitching performance in the sixth inning.
Batesville added two more runs in the second inning when Lindsey homered in Talan Roepcke, who had singled.
Kevin Jarrat led a quartet of White River Roadrunners in the HMG Family Fit 5K in Jonesboro last weekend.
Jarrat, a 50-year-old runner from Searcy, finished seventh overall, completing the 5-kilometer race in 21 minutes.
The overall winners were Joseph Pearce and Joanna Huck, both of Jonesboro. Their times were 18:04 and 21:50, respectively.
The other local runners and their results were: Robert Barber, 16th, 21:42; Jennifer Dorris, 25th, 23:05; and Dana Barber, 97th, 29:49.