• Defending champs eliminated from Pioneer Classic

    The defending Pioneer Classic and Class 3A state champion got an early exit as the Bald Knob Bulldogs took a 2-1, extra-inning decision in the first round of the Pioneer Classic Monday afternoon at the Batesville Recreation Complex’s American Legion Field.
    Bald Knob’s game-winning run against Harding Academy came in the top of the eighth inning came when Trey Gavin, who singled and then stole second base, scored on a single by Hunter Mason.

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  • Lady Mustangs wrangle conference sweep

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland Lady Mustangs picked up a conference doubleheader sweep over the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves here Monday afternoon.
    Midland took the first game 7-6 and then game two 8-3.
    In the opener, Cedar Ridge led 3-0 early, but Midland answered with five runs in the bottom of the third and maintained the lead.
    Cedar Ridge chipped away with single runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth, but a 2-run fifth helped Midland keep the advantage.

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  • Pipers go 3-0 in conference-opening weekend

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon Pipers started the TranSouth Athletic Conference season off right with a 3-win weekend.
    They defeated Trevecca Nazarene 5-3 in the Music City on Saturday and concluded with a doubleheader sweep over the Cumberland Lady Bulldogs (6-1, 16-5) Sunday in Lebanon, Tenn.
    “Saturday, we came out strong and Faith Richmond pitched a good game,” Lyon Coach Jason Miner said. “I told them all year that if we have a pitcher who gives up just three runs, we should win the game.”

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  • Sports Calendar

    Today
    Junior high track and field: Batesville and Southside seventh-graders at Heber Springs, 3:30 p.m.
    High school baseball: Mayflower varsity and junior varsity vs. Batesville at Lyon College, 4 p.m.; First Community Bank Pioneer Classic (1A-4A Division) at Batesville Recreation Complex — Newport vs. Walnut Ridge, 4, Marked Tree vs. South Side-Bee Branch, 6, Bald Knob vs. Harding Academy 6; Cushman at Izard County (Brockwell), 3:30; Cedar Ridge at Midland (Pleasant Plains), 4, Concord at Mount Vernon-Enola, 4

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  • Short on players, Melbourne cancels season

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne High School Bearkatz baseball season is over.
    Tim Massey, the school’s athletic director, confirmed last week that the school had disbanded the program for this spring due to a shortage of players.
    “We just did not have enough kids to continue,” he said. “It is, I’m sure, just a temporary setback. We’re hoping to be back stronger than ever with a team next season.”

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  • Southside trims Cave City

    SOUTHSIDE — Rachel Teffs hit a 1-out, tie-breaking, 2-run double in the fifth inning here Friday as the Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Cave City Cavewomen 6-4.
    The score was tied 3-3 after four innings. Southside was the visiting team because the game was originally scheduled for Cave City. It was moved to Southside due to wet field conditions.
    Haley Mourer pitched the win and helped her cause with two hits. Lunden Roberts and Teffs drove in two runs apiece for 5-7 Southside.

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  • Weather shortens calendar

    Lyon College and Southside provided the only games in town and, for that matter, out of town.
    Rain and wet fields resulted in the cancelation of all other baseball and softball games scheduled for the weekend. The Lyon College Scots hosted Cumberland for a 3-game TranSouth Athletic Conference baseball set, the Pipers visited Tennessee for conference contests with Cumberland and Trevecca Nazarene and Southside hosted Cave City in high school softball (reports on those games are on this page and page 18).

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  • Brooks wins singles bowling title

    Angie Brooks won the City Tournament singles bowling title and helped Pocket Change Amusements win the team title at Hollywood Bowl.
    Brooks won the singles crown with a 747 series. Shara Reinhardt finished 20 pins back. She was followed by Tonya Coldwell (703), Gerry Thomas (700), Cheryl Lewis (684) and Patti Callahan (674).
    Brooks and Sonia Coldwell, Jan Wilson and Sue Billings won the team title with a 2,581 series. Furniture for Less, with keglers Cheryl Lewis, Chara Shetron, Callahan and Gina Mynatt, finished second with a 2,558.

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  • Bulldogs catch Scots slipping

    The Cumberland Bulldogs, and a slippery field, bit the Lyon Scots in TranSouth Athletic Conference baseball action over the weekend at Scots Field.
    Cumberland overcame a 6-3 deficit in the series opener Saturday, got a lucky break, and went on to take an 11-10, extra-innings win. The Bulldogs followed that with a 13-1, run-ruled victory and then took Sunday’s lone game 6-1.

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  • Rain shortens ‘Sports calendar’

    Heavy rain Thursday night and the forecast for more of the same has shortened the “Sports calendar.”
    The small school division of the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic has been called off, Batesville Coach Sean Coker announced this morning.
    Also lost to the weather was Cave City’s Xtra Innings Spring Classic baseball game set for today in Valley View, and the Lonoke-at-Batesville varsity and junior varsity baseball games this afternoon.
    The Bradford-at-Southside baseball game set for today was played Thursday.

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  • Day corrected for bowlers’ spring meeting

    The wrong day was listed for a Batesville Women’s Bowling Association meeting in a story in Thursday’s Guard.
    The association’s annual spring meeting is set for Sunday afternoon at 1:45 at the Italian Grill.

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  • Mentality changes for winning Wildcats

    Things have changed considerably since the Harding Academy Wildcats won the 1A-4A division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic last spring.
    What hasn’t changed — winning — has made the difference. They went on to win the Class 3A State Tournament last spring, and this year’s veteran and talented squad is 8-1.

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