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March 30th, 2011
BENTON â After spending the weekend in Shreveport, La. where the weather was in the mid 90s and sunny, the Benton Lady Panthers were a little âshell-shockedâ Tuesday when they had to play in the rain and the mid 50-degree temperatures at the Benton Panther Softball Complex.
Although it took some time for their bats to warm up, the Lady Panthers defeated Texarkana 6-0 thanks in part to a three-run inning in the fifth.
Both the Bauxite baseball and softball teams are off to a 1-0 start in 4A-7 Conference play after beating Oak Grove Monday.
The Miners (8-5, 1-0) won 12-3 in seven innings behind solid pitching from junior Ryan Weng, who had a complete game with only 79 pitches.
Bauxite baseball head coach Michael Mattox said, âHe worked very efficiently. It didnât seem like he had complete command, but heâs such a competitor that even on his off days heâs effective.â
Weng gave up five hits and three runs, two of which were earned. He recorded three strikeouts with three walks.
After defeating Mena 4-3 on Saturday, the Sheridan Yellowjackets will try to maintain their winning streak when they face El Dorado tonight.
âThat is a big conference game for us,â Sheridan coach Mike Moore said. âThey have a really good pitcher. It is going to be a tough game for us.â
The âJackets are currently riding a 11-game winning streak and are 2-0 in the 6A South conference.
Sheridan scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead over Mena last Saturday.
FAYETTEVILLE âÂ The last coach Arkansas hired out of the University of Missouri actively worked 50 yearsÂ for the RazorbacksÂ and continuesÂ as athletics director emeritus.
At 51, Mike Anderson will be hard put to match Frank Broylesâ Razorbacks tenure though heâs willing to try.
However long he gets to coach, Arkansasâ new head basketball coach with the 17-year Arkansas assistant coaching past says he wants to coach only Arkansas.
âIâm at home now,â Anderson told the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 SaturdayÂ packing the south side of Walton Arena. âAs long as they want me here I am at home.â
After getting off to an impressive start Thursday, the Lady Hornets floundered Friday at an invitational tournament held in Tennessee.
Bryant head coach Debbie Clark said her players gathered their composure Saturday, but by the time the girls started making headway against the competition, a storm rolled through and caused officials to cancel the tournament.
Clark said other coaches were impressed by the Lady Hornetsâ tenacious play during their two wins Thursday. Bryant beat Clarksville High School 6-3 and Clarskville Northwest 15-1.
The Bryant Hornets defeated East Ridge High School (Fla.) 4-2 Friday night to win the Northwest Powerade Classic in Sanford, Fla.
The Hornets scored two runs in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth, and withstood a rally by East Ridge to complete the tournament sweep.
Landon Pickett led off the bottom of the second with a single to right field. After a strikeout, Evan Jobe singled to right field between first and second to put runners on first and second.
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
The Bryant Lady Hornets won two games Thursday in a tournament being held in Clarksville, Tenn.
Bryant head coach Debbie Clark said the trip was a bit of a hassle, trying to leave on a bus that wouldnât start and eventually landing themselves in bumper-to-bumper traffic 100 miles outside of Nashville, which required a police escort for the Lady Hornets.
âItâs already been quite a trip,â she said.
However, the team arrived focused and ready to play, winning 6-3 against tournament host Clarksville High School and 15-1 against Clarskville Northwest.