Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
The designated hitter is celebrating its 40th year in existence this season and I'm going to come out and say it. I hate the designated hitter. Hate it, hate it, hate it. And I'm not a hateful person. But to threaten the designated hitter to my beloved National League is going too far. Yes, there are rumblings inside Major League Baseball that the DH is coming to the NL within possibly 10 years.
SHERIDAN â After combining for one hit and one run against the Bryant Black Sox in two regular-season meetings, the Benton McClendonâs put up 16 hits and 11 runs on the Sox on Saturday, but it wasnât enough as Bryant took a 14-11 win over Benton in the second round of the Zone 4 Tournament in Sheridan.
BENTON â Former Benton Panther second baseman Jack James will be joining Panther teammate Justin Vincent at Arkansas Baptist College next baseball season as James signed his letter of intent to play for the Buffaloes on Tuesday afternoon at Benton Arena.
BRYANT â The Benton McClendonâs Appliances and Bryant Black Sox finished up their respective regular seasons on Tuesday night at Hornets Field in Bryant, with the Sox coming away with an 8-1 victory. Bryant starter Tryce Schalchlin and reliever Ozzie Hurt combined on a one-hitter against the McClendonâs.
âItâs been like that all year,â Bryant Coach Darren Hurt said. âOur pitching has just been solid. No matter who we throw up there, weâre six deep. They all give us quality innings and it wasnât any different [Tuesday] night.â
HOT SPRINGS â After suffering their lone loss on the season and scoring just four runs in two games on Sunday, the Bryant Everett Black Sox made up for their lack of scoring with a 19-0 win over host Lakeside â advancing them to the State Tournament in Cabot â and an 11-2 win over the team which gave Everett its only loss, the Little Rock Cobras, in the Zone 4 Tournament at Lakeside High School.
LITTLE ROCK â There was quite a drastic difference in the Benton McClendonâs Appliancesâ games against the Little Rock Vipers on Wednesday night at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock. The McClendonâs split a doubleheader, falling 12-0 to the Vipers in Game 1, but rebounding and taking the second game 3-1 behind an excellent pitching performance from Wesley Ramsey.
BENTON â Benton McClendon Appliances rallied late and held on to win 11-9 against Jacksonville Gwatney Chevrolet on Bill Perry Field at Bernard Holland Park on Saturday.
âWe just fought through,â Benton Coach Brandon Wake said. âWe just talked to them and told them we have seen this pitcher twice now and itâs time to go to work. Iâd like to improve on getting ahead in the count. Weâre going to work on [it].â
It is not that big of a surprise that the St. Louis Cardinals are near the top for best record in baseball at the halfway point. A force to be reckoned with over the past decade, the Cardinals have been in and out of the playoffs and on both the positive and negative side of the World Series trophy.
RUSSELLVILLE â The Benton McClendonâs Appliances hit into four double plays in a 3-0 loss to Russellville Post 20 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville on Wednesday. The loss sets the McClendonâs down to 7-12 on the year.
Russellville scored just one run in the first inning despite three walks and two hits issued by starter Trey Bishop. Post 20 would score just two unearned runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead which would hold up for the rest of the game.
BENTON â Benton Sport Shop couldnât overcome a slow start while allowing 15 hits in a 12-4 loss to the Sylvan Hills Bruins on Bill Perry Field at Bernard Holland Park in Benton on Tuesday.
âSylvan Hills is a great team,â Benton Coach Steven Tew said. âThey hit the ball very well against us. The good thing is none of us gave up. We rallied back there in the end and that was promising. We got a couple of guys banged upâŠ weâll be ready by district tournament.â