Defense was the name of the game again Monday night at Pioneer Stadium.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers blanked the Jonesboro Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors 6-0 and the Pioneers shut out the Warriors 3-0 in a pair of nonconference high school soccer matches.
Lady Pioneer Coach Angela Insell and Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud each said it was also a good day for their reserves.
“The whole bench got to play, which was a good thing,” Insell said.
CALICO ROCK — A 4-run top of the seventh gave the Izard County Cougars the cushion they needed to grab an 8-6 nonconference victory over Calico Rock here Monday.
The game was tied 4-4 entering the final frame. Izard County won the last inning 4-2.
Preston Harmon pitched six and two thirds innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits. He waked two and struck out one.
Jed Yarnell provided relief and recorded the last out with a strikeout.
NEWPORT — The Newport Lady Greyhounds scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 5-4 victory over the Cave City Cavewomen here Monday afternoon.
Cave City led the nonconference softball game 5-3 after five innings.
Rachel Roebuck pitched first three innings and allowed one hit and two unearned runs. She struck out two and walked two.
Elisha Ramos pitched the last three innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits. Ramos fanned three and walked three.
Cave City (7-3) recorded seven hits. Lindsey Wooldridge led with two singles and a double.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski clipped the final piece of the net and gave it a kiss. Then he hoisted it skyward for all those Duke fans to savor.
After claiming the fourth of his national championships, Coach K showed he still knows how to celebrate a title.
The Beebe Badgers took round 1 with the Searcy Lions, winning the high school baseball game 6-3 at the Batesville North Complex on Saturday night.
With it came the Badgers’ first First Community Bank Pioneer Classic championship.
Round 2 between the White County neighbors is scheduled for May 10. That single game in Beebe will be a warmer for the state tournaments, which begin on May 14.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cave City Cavewomen held off a pesky Southside Lady Southerner squad to collect a nonconference softball victory here Friday.
Cave City led 11-1 after four and a half innings before settling for a 12-7 decision. Southside was three outs away from being run ruled, but put together three straight 2-run innings to make it interesting. Cave City’s power punch came in the top of the fourth inning, when it sent in five runs.
The Lady Southerners (7-5) didn’t help themselves either with seven errors. Cave City was charged with three.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — Lyon sophomore Cory Ford hit safely in all three games here over the weekend to run this his 17th straight game but the Lyon College Scots dropped two of three to the Freed-Hardeman Lions.
In Saturday’s finale of the 3-game TranSouth Athletic Conference series, Ford hit two for four. He has recorded a hit in 27 of the team’s 30 games this season. Jose Rivas holds the Lyon College record for a hitting streak with 26 during the 2005 season.
It was a 5A-East District and Paragould showcase in the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic large school championship game Saturday night at the Batesville North Complex.
The Greene County Tech Lady Eagles collected their first Orange Crush title by beating the Paragould Lady Rams, their crosstown and district rivals, 6-2. Paragould was trying to win their second straight Orange Crush crown.
Tech advanced to the final with two 1-run victories — 2-1 over Searcy and 3-2 over Central Arkansas Christian.
Paragould reached by downing Marion 6-2 and Batesville 7-1.
The first round of the Isle of Capri Late Model Series to be held at Batesville Motor Speedway was rained out over the weekend.
It has been rescheduled for April 16 and 17. Points racing for modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive is scheduled to begin Friday night.
For more information, call (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Collin Kuhn hit a grand slam in the ninth inning with two outs to lead Arkansas to a wild 17-16 win over Kentucky on Sunday.
Arkansas (22-6, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) trailed by three going into the bottom of the ninth after giving up an 8-run lead to the Wildcats (18-11, 2-7). The Razorbacks were down to their last strike when Kuhn knocked in the game-winning grand slam.
The 33 combined runs are the most scored at Baum Stadium since Arkansas beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 28-2 in 2007.
BOSTON (AP) — The Opening Day sideshows were all over the place.
A flyover by two jet planes and fireworks before the game. The ceremonial first pitch by Pedro Martinez. Live performances of “God Bless America” by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler during the seventh-inning stretch, and “Sweet Caroline,” a Red Sox theme song, by Neil Diamond after the top of the eighth.
INDIANAPOLIS — The differences in age and accomplishment are vast. Brad Stevens would have you believe the gulf is wider still.
The whiz-kid Butler coach said Sunday he was thrilled just to have worked the other end of the sideline from some of the deans of his profession. Now he gets to share the national championship stage with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.
“I think the best way I can put it,” Stevens said, “is they write books and I get to read ’em.