HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Aaron Westlake hit a home run in his fourth consecutive game and Sonny Gray threw seven shutout innings as Vanderbilt beat Arkansas 2-0 Wednesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The decision in the nightcap of the tournament’s first round completed a sweep for the lower seeds.
It started when seventh-seeded Alabama whipped second-seeded Auburn 7-1, then No. 6 Ole Miss blanked No. 3 South Carolina 3-0, and No. 8 LSU downed top-seeded Florida 10-6.
The Guard sports department’s policies regarding the publication of youth league baseball, tee-ball and softball scores and highlights, ordinarily published under the headings “Sandlot summary” or “Sandlot,” include the following:
The deadline for submitting scores and other information at the Guard sports desk is 1 p.m. the day after the game.
The scores will be published on the day following the receipt of the form or as soon thereafter as possible.
The White River RoadRunners will again help runners prepare for the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race through the ‘Train for Four’ program, according to a news release from the local club.
The first of nine training sessions is set for June 5, 8 a.m. at the Batesville High School track in Pioneer Stadium. The race is scheduled for August 7.
A group of experienced runners from the club will be there to direct and encourage participants, the news release said.
Lyon College Athletic Director Kevin Jenkins announced that the college will host six basketball camps during the months of June and July.
The first is set for June 5. It’s a 1-day shooting camp for boys entering grades 5-12. The cost is $60 per camper.
On June 7-10, the elementary/middle school camp for boys and girls will take place. That camp is open for children entering 2-6 grades and the cost is $75.
MELBOURNE — Two familiar coaches are leaving the area — though not far — one is returning and another is starting his career close to home.
Melbourne High Athletic Director Tim Massey announced this morning that Larry Treadway, who was an assistant with Batesville’s junior and senior high football teams for 19 years and has directed Walnut Ridge’s football program the past five years, was hired in a school board meeting Monday night.
The Arkansas Activities Association on Monday announced its baseball and softball all-stars and two Guard-circulation area athletes are on the rosters.
Both are from Hillcrest. Miranda Doyle earned the nod for softball and Derek Wooten has been selected for baseball.
Doyle helped lead the Lady Screamin’ Eagles to the Class 1A State Tournament this season. She recorded a .342 batting average and got on base 63 percent of the time. Doyle led the squad in stolen bases with 18 and walks with 19.
Lyon College center fielder Kristi Kelley was recently named to the first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association NAIA All-East Region squad.
Kelley, a junior from DeBerry, Texas, was the TranSouth Athletic Conference’s regular-season batting champion with a .446 average and stole a conference-best and single-season, school-record 31 bases.
The speedster tied for second in the league with 45 runs scored and earned a league-leading .506 on-base percentage. All three marks were single-season records for Lyon.
Billy Moyer Jr.’s try for three straight Isle of Capri Late Model Series feature wins didn’t go well over the weekend at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Moyer swept the series opening weekend last month, but finished last in the first night of round two on Friday.
Jeff Taylor took the checkers Friday night. Roger Witt, Brandon Smith, Dallas Everett and Eric Cooley completed the top five in the 20-car field.
T.J. Herndon of Atwood, Tenn., won round two Saturday night.
Three high school baseball teams that local fans saw first hand were in line for state tournament titles in Fayetteville over the weekend, and one took home a championship.
Led by the 4-hit pitching of Griffin Glaude, the Beebe Badgers defeated the Monticello Billies 6-2 Friday in the Class 5A State Tournament championship game at Baum Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus.
Beebe defeated the Searcy Lions in the championship game of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic in Batesville the first weekend in April.
The first White River Football Classic, a 7-on-7 flag football tournament, is scheduled to kick off Saturday morning at 9 on the soccer fields at the Batesville North Complex.
Six teams are in the inaugural field. Eight games will be played Saturday. Semifinals are set to begin Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The championship game is slated to start at noon.
Joe Haynes, one of the organizers, said concessions will be available at tournament T-shirts will be on sale. The event is a fund raiser and a “community outreach program,” with some of the going to a local Boy Scout program.
The 2nd Annual Open Invitational Tournament for the Youth Baseball Association teams in northeast Arkansas is scheduled to begin June 11 in Jonesboro, Jeff Smallmon announced.
The tournament is open to teams in four age divisions: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.
The 4-day event will be played at the Northside Sports Complex in Jonesboro.
To enter or for more information, call Ronnie Haynes at (417) 350-8935 or Vicki Blagg at (870) 897-2370. You can also visit www.eteamz.com/jonesborolittleleague.
The entry fee is $150. Team and individual awards will go to the top two teams in each division.