The small-school division of the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic is an early Saturday morning wake-up call in a lot of ways.
The annual high school softball tournament which is hosted by Batesville High School, Home Depot and the city comes early in the season.
It seems earlier still for many of the 15 teams because wet, cold weather and the basketball season kept them off the field until recently.
And then half of the first-round games at the Batesville Recreation Complex are scheduled for a 9:30 first-pitch on Saturday morning. The other half start at 11.
BALD KNOB — The Bald Knob Bulldogs held off a rally to post a 15-8 high school baseball victory over the Cave City Cavemen here Wednesday.
With Bald Knob one out away from enforcing the 10-run rule, Dalton Bell hit a 3-run home run with two out in the top of the fifth inning. Dalton Carpenter added a 3-run homer in the sixth, making the score 11-8. That’s as close as the Cavemen got.
Bell hit three for four with three runs batted in for the 5-3 Cavemen.
LOCUST GROVE — The 2010 season at the Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to begin tonight with an open practice as drivers get prepared for this weekend’s Tracktek Spring Street Stock Special.
This is the first of several big shows on this year’s schedule.
The others are the 14th Annual Mid-America Modified Championship, Matt Sturch Memorial, 18th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100, 15th Annual Schoenfeld Headers Street Stock Championship and the World Modified Championship.
The Batesville Lady Pioneer soccer team made a mark in the win column with a 5-2 decision over the Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets in Pioneer Stadium Tuesday night.
Mildren Garcia and Erin Richards scored unassisted goals in the first half. Richards, Lainey Rumans and Kali Foreman added goals in the second half. Foreman also assisted on a goal.
The Lady Pioneers took 26 shots to the Lady Yellowjackets’ five. Lady Pioner goalie Yesenia Gutierrez was credited with three saves.
It had nothing to do with revenge, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said after the Pioneers blanked the Heber Springs Panthers 6-0 Tuesday afternoon at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
If you’ve forgotten, the Panthers defeated the Pioneers 5-4 in Heber Springs about this time last year. It was a first for the Panther varsity team in many years.
“We talked about that a little bit, but, like I told the guys, this game was not about payback,” Rush said. “We just need to get better, all the way around.”
The Pioneers accomplished that, the coach said.
NEWPORT — Bryan Norvell and son Bryan Norvell II collected wins Sunday as Speedy’s Newport Dragway began its 2010 season.
The elder Norvell won the foot brake division. Cave City’s Don Stitcher was second.
Stevie Cook was runner-up to the younger Norvell in the street division.
Tyler Vaughn won the super pro division with Eric Schilly in tow.
The top spot in outlaw street bike went to Joseph Crossett and Dylan Kick took the junior dragster title.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Two of the favorites for the 2A-2 District title met here Tuesday, and one of them absorbed their first loss.
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the district with a 12-3 thumping of the Midland Lady Mustangs, who fell to 5-1 and 1-1.
Maggie Jo Cooper pitched the win and hit a 2-run home run. Amanda Treat added a double.
Michelle Arnold, the starter, and Cooper combined for eight strikeouts and five walks. Kayla Bowren absorbed her first loss while striking out nine and walking six.
BLACK ROCK — Miguel Hinojosa fired a 1-hitter and Izard County’s offense took care of the rest en route to a 16-0, run-ruled victory over the Black Rock Zebras here Tuesday afternoon.
The Cougars began the conference-opening baseball game with five runs in the first inning and then capped it with an 11-run fourth inning.
Jake Dockins, Izard County’s leadoff man, scored three times. Trenton Hatman, the 8-hole hitter was credited with three hits, four runs batted in and two runs.
MEMPHIS — Lyon College hammered Christian Brothers pitching for 30 hits and 27 runs in 14-2 and 13-4 blowouts here Tuesday in a nonconference doubleheader at Buccaneer Field.
The Scots got a huge day from returning center fielder Evan Segler, who had missed the last three games with a shoulder injury suffered on March 9 in Mobile, Ala. Segler recorded six hits in the doubleheader, scored three runs and was credited with three runs batted in.
CONWAY — Southside began 4A-3 Conference soccer action here Monday with a couple of losses.
The Conway Christian Eagles edged the Southerners 1-0. The Lady Eagles won 8-0.
“That was probably the best we’ve played all year,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said of the boys game. “Conway Christian passed the ball well and has a lot of skills. Defensively, we played really well. The one goal they scored our keeper had his body on the ball but it was ruled the ball crossed the line. Very close play.”
Southerner goalie Brandon Ritter recorded 21 saves.
NEWPORT — The Batesville Lady Pioneers evened their softball record with a 2-1 victory over the Newport Lady Greyhounds here Monday.
The winning run came in the top of the seventh inning when Tanya Tye singled home Shelby Winkle. Winkle was running for Angela Woods, who led off the inning with a double. Winkle stole third, setting up Tye’s winning hit.
Batesville’s other run came in the fourth when Rachel Shellenberger led off with a double, advanced to third on Maggie Beshear’s sacrifice fly and scored on Sydney Lewis’ sacrifice bunt.
SOUTHSIDE — Colby Sutton hit a 1-out, game-winning single to give the Southside Southerners a 6-5, extra-innings win over the Cave City Cavemen here Monday afternoon.
Southside started with a 3-0 advantage, but a 5-run fourth inning put the Cavemen in control. Southside answered with a single run in the top of the fifth and then tied it with another in the seventh.
That forced extra innings. Neither team scored in the eighth and Southside clinched it in the ninth when Sutton drove in Tyler Goad from second base. Goad reached on a single.