Ashur Tolliver, a left-handed pitcher at Oklahoma City University, became the first Arkansan to be called by the major leagues when the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in the fifth round Wednesday, according to a report in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Tolliver, a native of Sherwood who pitched at Sylvan Hills High School, went 10-1 with a 3.74 earned-run average is spring while striking out 89 batters in 74 and two-thirds innings. He was the 146th pick overall.
The 2009 Caveman Basketball Camp is scheduled for June 15-18, Cave City Coach Russell Fowler announced.
Boys and girls entering grades 3-6 will begin at 8:30 each morning and finish at noon. A camp for boys and girls entering 7-9 will follow from 12:30 p.m. until 4.
Each camp will stress the fundamentals of basketball and good sportsmanship. Accident insurance is provided as is a camp T-shirt.
The cost is $50 per camper. If a family has more than one camper, each additional participant will be $30.
LOCUST GROVE — Points racing for all classes is scheduled to resume Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
The street stock class is the most tightly-contested with Joe Payne clinging to a 2-point lead over Richie Tosh. Kevin Grizzle is six points off the pace and Jeremy Russell is a contender with an 18-point deficit.
Brandon Smith is six points ahead of Tyson Franks in the modified class while week one winner Shawn Walsh rides third, 20 points back.
The numbers were just slightly different and the result was the same Wednesday night when Batesville Citizens Bank battled by West Memphis Post 53 at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
The Bankers won 4-2. When they met in the delta nine days earlier, the Bankers clipped the Post 53 Eagles 3-2.
“It was very similar,” Batesville Coach Robbie Holmes said. “Their kid did a great job on the hill. He had a pretty good change-up and I didn’t know if we were ever going to score on the little guy.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — This is one long bus ride any player could look forward to.
The Arkansas baseball team plays in the College World Series this weekend, and the Razorbacks were busy loading themselves for the bus trip to Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday. Arkansas is easily the closest of the eight schools competing in Omaha, so there was no need to fly.
A near head-on collision with a drunk driver kicked off the weekend action for Independence County deputies Friday night, according to reports.
Deputy Brian Luetschwager said he was traveling east on Highway 106 around 10:30 p.m. when a Ford Mustang crossed the center line into his lane of traffic forcing him to take to the shoulder of the road.
Luetschwager said he turned around and caught up with the car on Davis Lane where made contact with the driver and identified him as 26-year-old Antonio C. Alahis of 1305 Davis Lane.
LONOKE — Batesville’s 11-year-old All-Star team defeated the Pine Bluff All-Stars 6-2 to win the 12-and-under All-Star Shootout here last weekend.
Coach Jimmy Crafton cited “excellent defense,” a home run by Lucas Branscum and the pitching of Branscum and Tristan Isley as keys in the title game.
In preliminary games, Batesville defeated Heber Springs 4-2, tied Stuttgart 6-6 and defeated Lonoke 9-0.
Participants in Saturday’s Batesville Bassmaster tournament on the White River and Ramsey Slough need to prepay, so they can be on their fishing spots at the 6 a.m. starting time, secretary Colin Patterson said.
Participants can prepay at Triangle Sports.
The tournament ends at 4 p.m.
A tournament that was postponed from earlier in the season has been rescheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 on the same lake, Dardanelle, from State Park Ramp, Patterson said.
Don Stitcher sped to a good weekend in drag racing.
The Cave City man finished first in the Footbrake Division at the Great River Road Raceway in Dyersburg, Tenn., on Saturday and did the same at Speedy’s Newport Dragway on Sunday.
Gary Spicer (Street Division), Tye Combs (Super Pro) and Dylan Kick (Junior Dragster) were the other winners in Newport. Jarrett Holloway finished second among the juniors.
In order, here are the second and third-place finishers in the other three classes:
Street — Henry Sracener, Steve Simpson;
Space is still available for the Lyon College Summer Volleyball Camp, according to information provided by the college.
The camp is scheduled to begin Sunday and run through next Wednesday on the Lyon College campus.
The camp is open to middle school, junior high and senior high players. Walk-up registration is 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. The costs are $245 for residents, $195 for commuters with a meal plan and $145 for commuters without a meal plan. The costs include eight sessions, camp insurance and a camp T-shirt.
Sarah Hart, a catcher/infielder from Bryant, has signed to play softball for the Lyon College Pipers, according to a news release from Lyon.
Hart was a 4-year starter and a 2-time all-conference player with Bryant High School. She played on Bryant squads that captured back-to-back conference championships in 2006 and 2007 and won again in 2009. Those Lady Hornet teams also finished runner-up at the state championship tournament on two occasions in 2006 and again in 2009.