About time, White Hall Coach Skip Carr said.
The Bulldogs defeated the Cabot Panthers 9-2 Saturday night at the Batesville Recreation Complex in the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic large-school championship game.
And, yes, a title in the high school baseball event was a long time coming for the Bulldogs.
High school track and field: Batesville, Southside at Pepsi Pioneer Relays, Pioneer Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
Junior high track and field: Batesville and Southside varsity at Newport, 3:30 p.m.; Batesville seventh-graders at Beebe, 3:30
College baseball: Southern Arkansas at Lyon, 3 p.m.
BEEBE — Martin Methodist hurler Chrissy Worth earned a big save in game one and handcuffed the Lyon Pipers with a complete-game masterpiece in game two to earn the No. 12 Lady RedHawks a 4-2 and 11-2 doubleheader sweep in TranSouth Athletic Conference play at Beebe High School’s Badger Field, according to a news release from Lyon.
LYNN — The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles won their first-ever Lawrence County Tournament here Saturday by defeating the defending champions, the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats, 8-3.
Samantha Blevins pitched the win, striking out 10 while scattering three hits and six walks.
Offensively, Lauren Pickle hit three for three, Miranda Doyle hit two for two, and Natalie Johnson drove in two runs. Johnson and Blevins each hit doubles.
The Paragould Lady Rams were right where they wanted to be in more ways than one.
Saturday evening at the Batesville Recreation Complex, they collected their first ever Home Depot Orange Crush Classic title with a 3-1, high school softball victory over the Cabot Lady Panthers.
LOCUST GROVE — Jason Wilkey won the season-opening NeSmith Late Model feature at the Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night, according to the results posted on the track’s Web site.
Five cars participated in the feature event, which has brought late models back to local track on a weekly basis for the first time in about a decade. Travis Ashley, Justin Asplin, Greg Pectol and Jeff Moss rounded out the top five.
The modified feature trophy went to Shawn Walsh, who held off Jared Landers, Brandon Smith and 13 others.
STRAWBERRY —The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles broke a real stranglehold here Saturday when they defeated the Walnut Ridge Bobcats 11-7 in the Lawrence County Tournament championship game.
River Valley, which has since consolidated with Lynn to form Hillcrest, won the county title in 1995. Walnut Ridge won it the next 13 years.
Ron Mangold rallied for a 4-stroke win in the Arkansas State Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at The Course at Eagle Mountain over the weekend.
The Pocahontas man trailed by three strokes after 18 holes Saturday and was down one stroke at the turn Sunday before rallying to claim the championship with a 9-over par, 2-day total of 153 (76-77).
The small-school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic has been adjusted one more time.
The semifinal and championship games were rained out Thursday and rescheduled for April 11, Tournament Director T.J. Palese said. The semifinals are set for 2, that Saturday afternoon on the Batesville Recreation Complex’s American Legion and Babe Ruth fields. The championship game is to follow on the Legion Field.
The semifinals will pit Heber Springs against Bald Knob and Cave City against McCrory.
The Arkansas State Golf Association’s season-opening tournament is slated for this weekend at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Four divisions are scheduled to hit the links beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. The divisions are championship, mid-senior (over 40 years old), senior (over 55) and super senior (65 and older).
The super seniors will tee off first, seniors next, mid seniors and then the first pairing of championship division golfers are to tee off around 11:30 a.m.
The Kappa Sigma 5K for Lymphoma has been rescheduled for Saturday, according to a news release from the fraternity at Lyon College.
The annual fundraising event was rained out on March 28.
Registration for the 5-kilometer race is to begin at 7:30 a.m. at Becknell Gymnasium. The start-finish line is on College Street in front of the gymnasium.
CABOT — Clan Weatherford and Jennifer Liles-Dorris led local runners at the Spring Fling 5K here last weekend.
Weatherford, who lives in Mount Pleasant and runs for the White River Roadrunners Club, finished ninth in the men’s division with a time of 17 minutes, 50.61 seconds.
Liles-Dorris of Batesville placed eighth among the women in 23:08.85.
Here are other results for area runners or White River Roadrunners club members: