Archive - Mar 2011 - Sports Article
The championship game of the 2011 Central Arkansas Invitational was called Saturday due to poor field conditions.
Benton and Shiloh Christian began playing but didn't finish the first inning after three Panthers pitchers struggled get their footing.
Benton head coach Mark Balisterri stopped the game and called the umpires and Shiloh's coaches over to the mound, where everyone agreed the field's conditions were unsafe to play on.
"They couldn't get a feel at all," Balisterri said. "Their coach agreed. He said their players would've gone through the same thing.
The Beavers dropped to 6-4 on the season Friday after losing 11-1 to Arkadelphia.
Glen Rose's lone run came in the second inning when sophomore Ethan Beard came home off a sacrifice fly. He had reached base on a single and stolen second base.
Glen Rose head coach Chase Meyers said, "We just couldn't put hits together, and we left a lot of runners stranded.
"I think we left people stranded just about every inning."
He said, "And, when we did get some people on base, they'd make a couple of good plays to retire the side."
BENTON â Benton broke a 5-5 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to eventually defeat Fayetteville 8-7 in the 2011 Central Arkansas Invitational Friday night.
âWe got down early, and they hit the ball,â coach Mark Balisterri said. âThey had seven hits in two innings and they scored five runs.
âI told the guys, âLook, if we are going to give up runs, early is when you want to give them up. This way you have a chance of fighting back.ââ
âJust peck away and we donât have to get it all back in one inning.â