Archive - Jun 2011 - Sports Article
Last week five Benton Panthers took part in the Heartland Senior Classic, an annual baseball tournament held in Norman, Okla.
As members of Team Arkansas, recently graduated seniors Stuart Levy and Ashton Roberts and future seniors Brooks Balisterri, Coulton Lee and Cason Holloway competed against some of the top college prospects in the country.
Benton head coach Mark Balisterri, who didn't coach Team Arkansas but attended the tournament to watch his son play, said this was the second year tournament officials invited Team Arkansas, which is made up of players from across the state.Â
Although the boys from McClendon's Appliance lost two of three games last week in Omaha, Neb., a trip to the College World Series made the trip unforgettable.
During an American Legion tournament of 48 teams, coach Russell Goodwin said McClendon's was rained out Saturday but his players "did all right and had a lot of fun."
The team watched North Carolina play both Vanderbilt and Florida at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, and "ended up on ESPN with their chests painted."
"They did well and played some great teams," he said.
Benton Sport Shop lost its last two games, 9-6 Thursday to Lakeside and 17-9 Saturday to Sheridan.
Sport Shop scored two in the first inning against Lakeside, but gave up eight in the second, which proved to be too many from which to come back. Sport Shop went on to score three in the second and one in the fourth before the run rule was called in the fifth after Lakeside scored one more in the fourth.
BENTON â€” Lakeside scored 12 runs in the top of the third inning to defeat the Benton AA Legion Everett GMC baseball team 19-0 in three innings.
Benton used four different pitchers as Lakeside nearly batted around twice in the inning. A three-run home run by Lakesideâ€™s lead off hitter was the big blow but Lakeside also managed a two-run single and a RBI double.
A bases loaded walk forced in a run as did a hit by pitch.
Everett GMC AA Legion baseball team lost 8-7 to Pine Bluff National Bank Tuesday night at home. Pine Bluff scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to come back from a one-run deficit to win the game.
Pine Bluff also scored three runs in the first, one in the second and third and one in the sixth. Everett scored two in the third, four runs in the third and one in the fourth.
Everettt had seven runs on eight hits and Pine Bluff had eight runs on 13 hits.
Benton head coach Chris Nail and senior Luke Vance will participate in the Arkansas Activities Association All-Star basketball game tonight in Fayetteville.
â€śIt is a big honor because you are voted on by your peers,â€ť Nail said. â€śWeâ€™ve had a good time up here and Iâ€™ve met some really good kids.
â€śIt has been a great experience.â€ť
Nail said he would use this time to talk shop and maybe learn some new strategies from the coaches.
â€śIâ€™m around some good coaches up here and we talk a lot of ball,â€ť Nail said. â€śYou always want to do things that are successful.â€ť
At the Sheridan Wood Bat Tournament, Benton Jr. Legion Sport Shop lost three games, including the final game 15-3 to Little Rock Blue Post.
Little Rock scored seven in the first, three in the second and five in the third. Sport Shop had two in the second and one in the third.
Little Rock had 15 runs on 10 hits with three errors. Benton had three runs on five hits with one error.
Ethan Hendrix pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits with a strikeout and three walks. Jay Davies pitched 1/3 of an inning, allowing three hits with three walks.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€” McClendonâ€™s Appliance of Benton rallied for six runs before the Pontotoc, Miss., Red Sox nailed down an 8-6 win in the top of the seventh inning in the semifinals of the Twin Lakes Classic Sunday at Cooper Park.
Cory Smith, Jake Smithey and Dylan Earnest each produced RBIs in a three-run first inning for the Red Sox, and Jay King added an RBI double in the second.
The Red Sox pushed their lead to 6-0 in the top of the third. Blake Littlejohn and Earnest each singled, and Chase Clark singled home Littlejohnâ€™s courtesy runner, Riley Alef.
The Benton Panthers won 10-4 against Marion in Saturdayâ€™s championship game of the Benton Summer High School Showcase Tournament.
Carson Holloway started on the mound for Benton, pitching all seven innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
The Panthers (12-1) made their way to the championship game Saturday by beating North Little Rock 5-3 Friday night.
When I visited recently with the threeÂ RobertsÂ brothersÂ one thing kept coming up: They made it clear that the support and encouragement from their parents enabled them to excel at whatever they tried.
OnÂ Monday,Â AshtonÂ RobertsÂ will play in theÂ ArkansasÂ All-Star Baseball GameÂ inÂ FayettevilleÂ atÂ Baum Stadium, and next year he will be playing college baseball atÂ Crowder JuniorÂ CollegeÂ inÂ Missouri.Â