Lyon College outfielder/shortstop Kristi Keller was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-Southwest Region first team, according to a release on the NFCA’s Web site.
Keller, a sophomore outfielder/shortstop from Huffman, Texas, led the Pipers with a .374 batting average this season. She was second on the team in runs scored with 35. Keller was first on the team in hits with 55, tied for third with 25 RBI and was credited with nine doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Lyon College first baseman Sam Neal was selected National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Honorable Mention All-American and Scots’ center fielder Nick D’Amico was named to the Rawlings NAIA Gold Glove squad, according to a news release from the college.
JONESBORO — Batesville’s youngest American Legion baseball team lost its season-opener this past weekend in the Fat City Classic, but it showed promise, its coach said.
Dyersburg, Tenn., the eventual tournament runner-up, edged Citizens Bank 10-8 in Arkansas State University’s Tomlinson Stadium on Friday night.
Saturday, the Bankers struck back at Nettleton High School, clobbering Rivercrest 14-2 in a run-ruled four innings, then they battled by Tuckerman 4-3.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Drew Smyly told Arkansas coaches that he wanted to pitch Sunday night in the championship round of the NCAA tournament’s Norman Regional, but they waffled in granting that request.
Coach Dave Van Horn decided Saturday night to throw Smyly, then slept on that decision before making it final on Sunday morning, figuring that Smyly “will give us three or four quality innings and we’ll go from there.”
LITTLE ROCK — Batesville High’s Garth Branstetter finished second to Cabot’s Hunter Smith in the Arkansas State Golf Association Junior Championship event at War Memorial Golf Course recently.
Branstetter, Smith and Drew Comer each fired a 2-under-par 63, but Smith came out on top in the playoff.
Branstetter is a 16-year-old who will be entering his junior year this fall at BHS.
Izard County’s Preston Harmon shot an 8-over 73 and placed 24th. Twenty-seven golfers participated.
Five students from the Gracie Barra Arkansas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Batesville won or finished second in a recent state tournament in Hammond, La.
Cassie Chism won a Lousiana State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gold medal in the women’s blue belt featherweight division. She also collected a silver medal and a bronze medal in other divisions.
CABOT — Batesville Pioneer Price Holmes made a big move during the second and final day of the Arkansas High School Decathlon here Thursday, grabbing a top 10 finish.
The senior moved up nine places and finished ninth in the annual season-ending event for track and field athletes with 6,070 points.
“Price had a real good second day,” Batesville Coach Kevin Miller said. “He ran a 5:14 in the mile, winning his flight. He finished strong.”
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Wichita State has a proud baseball tradition, one that includes a national title, 27 NCAA tournament appearances and seven trips to the College World Series.
The last two years, the Shockers have advanced to a super regional. But as they enter this year’s Norman Regional, they find themselves in an unfamiliar role — that of the underdog.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Jamie Pinkerton has resigned as Arkansas softball coach.
Pinkerton went 130-179 in his five seasons with the Razorbacks. Arkansas went 27-29 this season and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
“At this point in my career, I feel it is time to pursue other opportunities,” Pinkerton said. “I wish Arkansas softball well in the future and will always consider it an honor to have been a part of the Razorback program.”
Helen Zyjewski, a 5-foot-5 catcher-first baseman from Greenwood, recently signed to play softball for Lyon College, according to a news release.
Zyjewski hit .574 in her senior season at Greenwood High and was a 3-time all-state and a 4-time all-conference player during her career.
This year’s Arkansas Activities Association all-state softball lists include 10 selections from Guard-circulation area high schools and seven are newcomers.
The returners are Maggie Jo Cooper of Melbourne, Sarah Taylor of Izard County and Raigan Skidmore of Midland.
Skidmore is a 4-time selection to the Class 2A squad. Taylor, a senior, is on the Class 1A roster for the third time and Cooper, a sophomore, is two for two on the same roster.