Things have changed considerably since the Harding Academy Wildcats won the 1A-4A division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic last spring.
What hasn’t changed — winning — has made the difference. They went on to win the Class 3A State Tournament last spring, and this year’s veteran and talented squad is 8-1.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners put together quite a hit parade while routing the Viola Lady Longhorns 12-5 here Thursday.
Every Lady Southerner in the starting lineup had at least one hit, K-Leigh Richardson and Haley Mourer totaled three, Miranda Tucker, Sami Hallowell, Brandi Payne and Jordan Hicks added two hits apiece, Payne drove in a team-high five runs, and Lunden Roberts drove in two.
The Lady Southerners’ record is 4-7.
VIOLA — Michael Spain pitched a 3-hitter and Derek Wooten hit a pair of 3-run home runs as the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles downed the Viola Longhorns 8-1 in a nonconference high school baseball game here Thursday.
Spain struck out nine and walked one over seven innings. Spain snuffed out a rally in the sixth when, with runners at second and third, he struck out the next two batters.
Wooten’s 3-run shots came in the third and seventh. Marcus Huskey added three hits and scored two runs and Jordan Hunter chipped in two hits for 9-2 Hillcrest.
SEARCY — Adam Darby hit a 3-run home run here Wednesday as the Harding Bisons clipped the Lyon College Scots 4-3 on Jerry Moore Field.
“The kid hit a full-count change-up in a good location,” Lyon Coach Kirk Kelley said. “I can’t fault Trent for that. He pitched great. The Darby kid is Harding’s best hitter.”
Sophomore Trent Weeks suffered the loss in his first varsity start. Weeks gave up seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four and walking one over four and two-thirds innings.
Kiley Parker hit a home run to avoid an extra inning and made sure the Lyon College Pipers split a softball doubleheader with the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at the Batesville Recreation Complex on Wednesday.
The senior third baseman from Georgetown, Texas, hit the solo shot with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Pipers took the nonconference meeting 3-2.
UAPB won the opener 7-3, improving its record to 3-17. The Pipers’ victory raised their record to 9-11.
The Highland Lady Rebels would love to make a couple of little reversals Saturday in the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic.
Winners of their first 10 games, including the Rumble ’N Raiderville championship game last weekend in Jonesboro, the Lady Rebs lost their last time out. The Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors edged them 2-1 in the nightcap of a 4A-3 District doubleheader in Highland on Tuesday.
Secondly, they hope to change their fortunes in the annual high school softball tournament hosted by Batesville High and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
NEWPORT — Cave City drag racers finished 1-2 here Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
Don Stitcher won and Jerry Taylor finished second in the Footbrake Division.
Here are the top finishers in the other divisions: Jr. Dragster — Breanna Skimahorn and Austin Smith; Street — Don Holcomb and Charles Rounds; Super Pro — Richard Roach and Carey Caples; Outlaw Street Bike — Scott Davis.
Four area participants recently won Jr. WNBA and Jr. NBA Skills Challenge championships.
Southside students Taylor Hammack and Kaitlyn Gramling won in the girls 9-10 and 11-12 age group titles, respectively. Melbourne students Justus Cooper and Jay Chaney won in the same boys age groups, resepctively.
Chaney and Gramling were selected to compete in a regional contest, prior to the Memphis Grizzlies-Boston Celtics NBA basketball game, in the Memphis Fed Ex Forum on March 21. Chaney and Gramling finished second and third, respectively, in their divisions.
The Mid-America Modified championships, a 3-day show scheduled to begin tonight at the Batesville Motor Speedway, has been called off due to wet conditions and the threat of more rain this weekend.
If rescheduled, track owner Mooney Starr said it would likely be nearer the end of the racing season because so many of the modified racers race for track and racing series points at various tracks.
The 5K for Lymphoma is scheduled to start at 8 Saturday morning on the Lyon College campus, announced Christopher Campbell.
The benefit race is being sponsored by the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Lyon. Proceeds will go to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Campbell said.
The entry fee is $20 and registration will begin an hour before the race. The start and finish line is on College Street in front of Becknell Gymnasium.
LOCUST GROVE — By this afternoon, we should have a better idea about the weather-related status of the Mid-America Modified Championships.
“We will wait until tomorrow afternoon. If we believe we can get in two of the three days, we will go,” Batesville Motor Speedway owner Mooney Starr said by telephone Tuesday night. “A lot depends on how much more rain we get tonight. Right now, I would say it looks like we might be able to get Thursday and Saturday night’s races in.”
WYNNE — The Batesville Pioneers survived the Wynne Yellowjackets and the wind here Tuesday afternoon, earning a split in a 5A-East District high school baseball doubleheader.
The Yellowjackets jumped on the Pioneers early in the opener and cruised to an 8-1 victory.
The Pioneers made the early moves, then stopped a couple of surges to win the nightcap 6-2.