Archive - Mar 15, 2011 - Sports Article
BENTON â€” During Monday's practice, the Benton Lady Panthers worked exclusively on getting runners in. In their two losses in the Bootsie Gordon Tournament, Benton left 11 players on base.
"We sat down and looked at the games we won and the games we lost," coach Eric Ryan said. "I know one of things we have been doing is leaving runners on base.
"We got to do whatever it takes to get runners in. It doesn't if it is a bunt, a push or hitting a ground ball."
FAYETTEVILLE â€” John Pelphrey made his feelings clear on his way out at Arkansas.
The former Razorbacks coach, speaking for the first time since being fired by athletic director Jeff Long on Sunday, said Monday that he didnâ€™t feel he was given enough time to complete a turnaround at the school.
â€śI do not agree with the decision yesterday to make a change,â€ť Pelphrey said. â€śI do not. I absolutely do not. Obviously, I would have liked more time. It takes time to build stability in a program. Every situation is different. This situation was different.
Three days after losing to Vilonia 1-0 in the semifinals of the Bootise Gordon Memorial Tournament, the Benton Lady Panthers will host Vilonia at the Benton Softball Complex beginning at 5 p.m.
The game was already scheduled to be played at Vilonia, but inclement weather forced Vilonia to move the game to Benton. Vilonia won the tournament on Saturday, defeating Lake Hamilton 5-2 in the championship game.
Bentonâ€™s Jessica Smith pitched four innings in the semifinals, allowing five hits, no strikeouts and one walk.