Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
PEARCY â€“ Senior Zach Riley broke a state record and the Benton Panthers placed sixth in the 6A State Track and Field Championships held at Lake Hamilton High School on Friday. The Panthers scored 47 points for the meet, while Russellville took the championship with 118.50 points. The Lady Panthers placed 11th out of 16 teams with 57 points. Texarkana placed first with 202.50 points.
â€śWe had a good day,â€ť Benton track Coach Lewis Pryor said.
SEARCY â€“ The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals made easy work of Bald Knob on Friday, winning 7-0 to guarantee them a spot in the 2012 3A State Tournament that starts Thursday in Harrison.
The Lady Cardinals were held scoreless in the first inning, but broke out the bats in the second, scoring three on one hit, two errors and a hit by pitch, to take an early 3-0 lead.
After putting up zeros once again in the third and fourth, the Lady Cardinals scored four more runs in the fifth to seal the deal, beating Bald Knob 7-0 to move into the second round of the 3A Regional Tournament.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Benton Panthers stepped out of the 6A South conference and dropped a 9-6 decision to the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats on Wednesday at Vince DeSalvo Stadium at Burns Park. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Panthers after winning 10 in a row.
â€śWe got what we needed to get,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said. â€śI wanted the win, but right now, the most important thing is playing games is a lot better than practicing.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ They may have just been biding their time, but the Bryant Lady Hornets clinched the 7A Central conference in convincing fashion with a 10-0 win over the Conway Lady Wampus Cats on Tuesday night at Lady Hornets Field. Conwayâ€™s only previous conference loss came at the hands of the Lady Hornets, which picked up their 15th shutout of the year.
EL DORADO â€“ The Benton Panthers lost a close one 2-1 to the El Dorado Wildcats in 6A South conference action on Monday night in El Dorado. Other than a forfeit win over J.A. Fair, the Panthers have lost three in a row after ending a 10-game winning streak.
â€śIt was a pitching duel,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said. â€śBoth pitchers did a heck of a job; they just scored one more run than we did.
With the 2012 regular season coming to a close for many high school softball teams across the state, the Benton Lady Panthers are trying to keep the momentum in their favor before heading into the 6A State Tournament that begins on May 10. Coming into Fridayâ€™s match against Pine Bluff, the Lady Panthers were the proud owners of a 24-2 overall record, an undefeated 6A South record of 11-0 and a three-game winning streak.
MALVERN â€“ Coming off of a 10-7 11-inning win against the Maumelle Hornets in the first round of the 7-4A District Tournament on Wednesday in Malvern, the No. 7 seed Bauxite Miners had nothing left for the No. 3 seed De Queen Leopards on Friday, losing 11-1 in the quarterfinals. The Leopards had a bye in the first round, so they were rested and fresh, something Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox knew was going to be a challenge.
â€śWe were just wore out, lost our focus and they took advantage of it,â€ť Mattox said. â€ś[De Queen] hit the ball well. They did a good job.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Hornets dropped a 7A Central conference game when they lost 3-2 to the Van Buren Pointers on Thursday at Hornets Field. The Hornets are now in second place in the conference with Russellville in first by a game, and Conway in third, behind a game of Bryant.
MALVERN â€“ Leading by seven runs after five innings, the No. 7 seed Bauxite Miners allowed the No. 6 seed Maumelle Hornets to tie the game in the last inning, but came away with a 10-7 win in 11 innings in the first round of the 7-4A District Tournament on Wednesday at Morrison Park in Malvern.
â€śIâ€™m disappointed we couldnâ€™t finish it in the seventh inning,â€ť Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said, â€śbut for [the Miners] to hang around for four more innings and compete showed me a lot about this team, something I knew was in them, but havenâ€™t seen all year long.â€ť
SHERIDAN â€“ Vying for first place in the 6A South, the Benton Panthers committed five errors and allowed four unearned runs in a 7-3 loss to the Sheridan Yellowjackets on Wednesday in conference action in Sheridan.
â€śWe struggled. Thatâ€™s uncharacteristic of us,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said of the errors. â€śWe donâ€™t usually make errors like that. As a matter of fact, going through the first round of conference only losing one game; it was because we played great defense.