FAYETTEVILLE — Dave Van Horn talked Monday about how tough it is to get to Omaha.
Not that tough, it would seem for him. After all he twice piloted the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the College World Series in Omaha and now he’s an Omaha 2-timer with Arkansas. His Razorbacks went to the 2004 CWS and head to Omaha Wednesday for this weekend’s double-elimination CWS start in Rosenblatt Stadium.
LOCUST GROVE — This winning run ran a little deeper, Scooter Scruggs said.
“Me and Matt grew up racing together, so this one went to the heart, and it was a winner,” Scruggs said less than 24 hours after winning the Matt Sturch Memorial Street Stock Race at the Batesville Motor Speedway late Saturday night.
It was the first Sturch Memorial Race at BMS. Previously, it ran at 64 Speedway in Augusta. Fittingly, it was also the first feature win on the BMS dirt oval for Scruggs. It was worth $5,000.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Little-used Andrew Darr sent the Arkansas Razorbacks to the College World Series with an improbable and incredibly timely hit.
Darr’s 2-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Arkansas to a 9-8 super regional-clinching victory over Florida State on Saturday.
“I’m not an everyday guy,” Darr said. “But when I get in and get a chance to swing the bat, I just try to do the best I can.”
It wasn’t a lost weekend for one Batesville American Legion baseball team.
In the RC American Legion Classic in Paragould, Malden, Mo., downed Citizens Bank, the local 1A team, 3-0 in a tournament opener on Friday night at H. Francis Bland Park. The Bankers bounced back, however, and thrashed two Missouri teams the next two days.
In the Ray King Riceland Classic in Jonesboro, Christian Brothers whipped the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen, Batesville’s 3A team, 13-0 Friday night in a run-ruled four innings at Tomlinson Stadium on the Arkansas State University campus.
Casey Castleberry and Drew Higginbothom teamed for a 10-under-par 134 to win the Eagle Mountain 4-Ball Tournament at the Course at Eagle Mountain over the weekend.
Castleberry and Higginbothom pared the par-5 18th and final hole of the 2-day event which is sponsored by First Southern Bank. They held off Chris Bell and Tim Ezell, their playing partners on the last day. Bell Ezell finished with a 135 and tied with the Bell brothers, David and Steve, and the team of Buddy Vinson-Tommy Ford for second place. Vinson-Ford won the cardoff.
American Legion baseball: Ray King Riceland Classic in Jonesboro — Batesville Atlas Asphalt vs. Christian Brothers, Tomlinson Stadium, Arkansas State University, 5 p.m.; Paragould tournament — Batesville Citizens Bank vs. Malden, Mo., 5
Auto racing: Matt Sturch Memorial Race and points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8
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Chris Clinton, a 6-foot-6 forward from Sheridan, recently signed to play men’s basketball for Lyon College.
Clinton averaged 15 points, 10.5 rebounds and two assists per game as a senior with Sheridan High School. He was a 2-time 6A-South All-District player and was a member of the 2009 6A All-State Tournament team.
The Batesville Pioneer Baseball Camp of Champs is scheduled for June 15-17 at the Batesville Recreation Complex, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said.
The camp is for 6- to 16-year-olds and will run from 8:30 a.m. until noon each day.
Campers will be instructed and drilled in the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, base running and playing particular positions. They will also be timed in the 60-yard dash and participate in skills contests.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen came home still looking for a Zone 2 victory in American Legion baseball.
Ethan Martin’s 2-out single in the eighth inning delivered a 3-2 victory to Mountain Home Lockeroom here Thursday night. The Lockeroom improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the zone.
The Highwaymen fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the zone. The Highwaymen leveled their overall mark before heading home. They defeated the Lockeroom 16-9 in a 5-inning nightcap.
Rain washed out both American Legion baseball doubleheaders involving Batesville teams on Wednesday and only one has been rescheduled.
The Citizens Bank-at-Jonesboro Sports Academy Seams doubleheader has been rescheduled for June 22, Coach Robbie Holmes said. The Bankers are scheduled to take on Malden, Mo., Friday evening at 5 in a tournament in Paragould.