At the official opening of Lyon College’s new on-campus softball field Saturday morning, the most personal and meaningful moments may belong to a visitor.
After the opening ceremony for Mary and Howard House Field, the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers will take the field against the Lyon Pipers. Among the purple-and-gold clad Lady Tigers will be Randi Wilson.
SOUTHSIDE — Brandi Payne will have a great story to tell about the last home game of her high school career.
The Southside senior slapped a walk-off, 2-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Lady Southerners a 6-5 nonconference win over the Cave City Cavewomen.
It also capped a comeback after being down 4-1 in the seventh. The Lady Southerners were down to their last strike, but found a way to get three across in the inning.
College softball: Lyon at Union (Jackson, Tenn.), doubleheader, noon
Golf: Kilted Invitational, 4-person scramble, The Course at Eagle Mountain, 1:30 p.m.
College baseball: Mid-Continent at Lyon, doubleheader, noon
High school baseball: Batesville varsity and junior varsity at Central Arkansas Christian (North Little Rock), 4 p.m.; 4A-2 District Tournament in Lonoke — Southside vs. Clinton, 4; 2A-2 District Tournament in Cotter — Cedar Ridge vs. Cotter, 6:30
STRAWBERRY — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles completed an unbeaten run through the 1A 2-East District with a 16-1 high school baseball victory here Thursday over the Black Rock Zebras.
Marcus Huskey pitched the 5-inning run-ruled victory for the 17-3 Screamin’ Eagles. They went 8-0 in the district.
Brothers Derek and Dylan Wooten each hit two doubles to lead Hillcrest’s offense.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Center fielder Phenix Butler picked up four hits in Lyon College’s 6-1 and 6-5 doubleheader sweep of Lambuth University here Thursday in nonconference play.
Lyon (19-16) has won four straight and five of its last six ballgames. The Pipers pushed their school-record win total to 19 victories with at least 11 games left on the schedule. Lambuth (6-36) has lost seven games in a row and nine of its last 10 contests.
Former Lyon Coach Jack Peel coaches the Lady Eagles.
The Lyon College Tournament is what convinced Chase Massey that he wanted to play again in Becknell Gym, even if that tournament did end with a loss.
Massey, a 6-foot-1 guard from Melbourne, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball with the Lyon College Scots on Thursday morning in Becknell.
“It was during the Lyon College Tournament that I first really knew I wanted to play there,” Massey said this morning. The Mountain View Yellowjackets defeated the Melbourne Bearkatz in the tournament championship game.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sam Neal homered twice and drove in four runs during Lyon College’s nonconference doubleheader split with the Christian Brothers Buccaneers here Thursday at Bucs Field.
Lyon (30-15) won the first game 9-4 and lost the second 8-7. Christian Brothers settled at 9-28 with the split.
Neal hit three for nine during the twinbill with three runs scored. Neal’s two homers gave the right fielder a team-leading 10 this season.
BLYTHEVILLE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers had another easy time of it here Wednesday, winning 24-0 and 19-0 in a 5A-East District doubleheader with the Blytheville Lady Chickasaws.
The Lady Pioneers swept the West Helena Lady Cougars on Tuesday in two run-ruled contests in Batesville.
Both games in Blytheville were also run-ruled. The opener ended in four innings; the nightcap in three.
WEST HELENA — The Batesville Pioneers swept the winless West Helena Cougars here Wednesday in a rain-delayed 5A-East District baseball doubleheader.
The decisions weren’t delayed by much. The Pioneers won the opener 25-0 in three innings and took the nightcap 16-0 in four innings.
In the opener, freshman Ryan Coles got his first start on the mound against a district foe. He delivered a 1-hit, 6-strikeout, no-walk performance.
College softball: Lyon at Lambuth (Jackson, Tenn.), doubleheader, 2 p.m.
High school track and field: Batesville at Vilonia, 3:30 p.m.
High school baseball: Batesville at Newport, varsity and junior varsity, 4 p.m.; Black Rock at Hillcrest (Strawberry), 4; Searcy JV at Batesville, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 4:30; Concord at Guy-Perkins, 4:30
High school softball: Cave City varsity and JV at Southside, 4 p.m.; Cushman at West Side-Greers Ferry, 4; Izard County at Shirley, 4
JONESBORO — Former Batesville Pioneer Cody Aycock gave up just five hits in six innings to help the Missouri State Bears rout the Arkansas State Red Wolves 14-2 in a nonconference baseball game here Wednesday.
Aycock, a sophomore, started and hurled a career-best six innings, yielding two runs while striking out two and walking one. His record is 1-0.
The visitors sent 14 batters to the plate in a 9-run fourth inning.
The Bears improved to 20-14 with the victory, while ASU fell to 15-20.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their fourth track and field meet in as many outings Tuesday when they totaled 138 points at the Arnold Relays at Paragould High School.
The Blytheville Lady Chickasaws and Forrest City Lady Mustangs, 5A-East District opponents, finished second and third, respectively. Blytheville totaled 105 points. Forrest City tallied 98.
Those three teams are scheduled to meet again in Paragould for the 5A-East District Meet on May 5 and 7. Paragould is also hosting the Class 5A State Meet on May 16.