Junior high track and field: Batesville and Southside seventh-graders at Heber Springs, 3:30 p.m.
High school baseball: Mayflower varsity and junior varsity vs. Batesville at Lyon College, 4 p.m.; First Community Bank Pioneer Classic (1A-4A Division) at Batesville Recreation Complex — Newport vs. Walnut Ridge, 4, Marked Tree vs. South Side-Bee Branch, 6, Bald Knob vs. Harding Academy 6; Cushman at Izard County (Brockwell), 3:30; Cedar Ridge at Midland (Pleasant Plains), 4, Concord at Mount Vernon-Enola, 4
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne High School Bearkatz baseball season is over.
Tim Massey, the school’s athletic director, confirmed last week that the school had disbanded the program for this spring due to a shortage of players.
“We just did not have enough kids to continue,” he said. “It is, I’m sure, just a temporary setback. We’re hoping to be back stronger than ever with a team next season.”
SOUTHSIDE — Rachel Teffs hit a 1-out, tie-breaking, 2-run double in the fifth inning here Friday as the Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Cave City Cavewomen 6-4.
The score was tied 3-3 after four innings. Southside was the visiting team because the game was originally scheduled for Cave City. It was moved to Southside due to wet field conditions.
Haley Mourer pitched the win and helped her cause with two hits. Lunden Roberts and Teffs drove in two runs apiece for 5-7 Southside.
Lyon College and Southside provided the only games in town and, for that matter, out of town.
Rain and wet fields resulted in the cancelation of all other baseball and softball games scheduled for the weekend. The Lyon College Scots hosted Cumberland for a 3-game TranSouth Athletic Conference baseball set, the Pipers visited Tennessee for conference contests with Cumberland and Trevecca Nazarene and Southside hosted Cave City in high school softball (reports on those games are on this page and page 18).
Angie Brooks won the City Tournament singles bowling title and helped Pocket Change Amusements win the team title at Hollywood Bowl.
Brooks won the singles crown with a 747 series. Shara Reinhardt finished 20 pins back. She was followed by Tonya Coldwell (703), Gerry Thomas (700), Cheryl Lewis (684) and Patti Callahan (674).
Brooks and Sonia Coldwell, Jan Wilson and Sue Billings won the team title with a 2,581 series. Furniture for Less, with keglers Cheryl Lewis, Chara Shetron, Callahan and Gina Mynatt, finished second with a 2,558.
The Cumberland Bulldogs, and a slippery field, bit the Lyon Scots in TranSouth Athletic Conference baseball action over the weekend at Scots Field.
Cumberland overcame a 6-3 deficit in the series opener Saturday, got a lucky break, and went on to take an 11-10, extra-innings win. The Bulldogs followed that with a 13-1, run-ruled victory and then took Sunday’s lone game 6-1.
Heavy rain Thursday night and the forecast for more of the same has shortened the “Sports calendar.”
The small school division of the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic has been called off, Batesville Coach Sean Coker announced this morning.
Also lost to the weather was Cave City’s Xtra Innings Spring Classic baseball game set for today in Valley View, and the Lonoke-at-Batesville varsity and junior varsity baseball games this afternoon.
The Bradford-at-Southside baseball game set for today was played Thursday.
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.