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April 11th, 2011
As the Masters Tournament came to an end Sunday in Augusta, Ga., I couldnâ€™t help but think of a baseball game I went to years ago.
One Christmas, my family bought me two tickets for a game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
As someone who grew up playing baseball, this was an unbelievable gift, and one I was fortunate enough to enjoy with someone else.
As soon as I saw the tickets, I knew the only person I wanted by my side at that game was my friend Chris, whom Iâ€™ve known since we buddied up on the kindergarten playground.
After defeating El Dorado 14-2 Friday, the Benton Lady Panthers will face Greenbrier, the defending 5A State Champions, today at home if it doesnâ€™t get rained out first.
â€śThey are a very good ball club,â€ť coach Eric Ryan said. â€śWe will be tested today but games like today is what is going to make us better.â€ť
Expected to pitch today is Lauren White, who pitched against Greenbrier last year.
â€śShe had a very good outing against them and has really come along this year,â€ť Ryan said. â€śShe has shown more maturity this year and she has good control of her pitches on the mound.â€ť
For Bryant head softball coach Debbie Clark, junior Jenna Bruick embodies everything she wants in a player â€” and more.
The second baseman is a selfless, tireless worker whose "contribution to our program cannot be measured by stats or words," Clark said.
"Jenna is fearless and does not accept failure as an option."
As one of the "fab five" freshman from the squad two years ago, Bruick, 16, helped lead Bryant to a state championship last year.
The Benton Panthers defeated El Dorado 16-6 Friday night to move into a second place tie in the conference with Lake Hamilton after they lost Texarkana.
"It is a log jam, and I knew it would be," head coach Mark Balisterri said. "Our goal is to get the number one or number two spot. If we get second, we will still get a bye in the first round.
"That's what we are shooting for."
Benton broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the sixth inning, scoring seven runs to give the Panthers a 11-4 lead.
HASKELL â€” After tying the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth inning, it had appeared the Harmony Grove Cardinals had all the momentum. However, it would not be the case as Mayflower came out swinging, scoring a run in the sixth and seven in the seventh inning to defeat the Cardinals 14-6 at home Friday night.
â€śWe are inconsistent,â€ť Harmony Grove coach Brandon Kelly said. â€śAs a coach, you can put them in a position to win and as players you can put themselves in a position to win, but if you donâ€™t take care of business and get it done, then bad things happen.
BAUXITE â€” With timely defense and good base running, the Bauxite Miners beat De Queen 7-4 Friday.
The Lady Miners, however, lost 15-0 in four innings after giving up 11 in the first, three in the second and one in the fourth, never scoring once themselves and dropping down to a 6-7 overall record and 1-2 in 4A-7 Conference play.
Bauxite baseball head coach Michael Mattox said his teamâ€™s win, which took them to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in 4A-7 play, was â€śhuge.â€ť
â€śWe really needed that,â€ť he said.
Although the first part of the game Thursday was close, eventually Watson Chapel pulled away from Bauxite.
At the end of five innings, Watson Chapel was ahead four runs, 14-8, but scored two in the sixth and six in the seventh to win 20-8.
â€śThey won by a couple of touchdowns,â€ť Bauxite head coach Wes Mode said. â€śStill, I was really pleased with our hitting, but I was disappointed in our defense.â€ť
Bryant senior Abbi Stearns signed a letter of intent Thursday to attend and play basketball for Central Baptist College in Conway.
Stearns has been a member of the Bryant varsity team for the past three years and started the past two. She said playing for the Lady Hornets has been a â€śreal experience.â€ť
Last week, Stearns was named to the 2011 7A Central All-Conference Team, which she also made last year as a junior. As this yearâ€™s lone senior, she led the Lady Hornets in rebounds, averaging eight per game. She led the team in rebounds as a junior, too.
The Harmony Grove Cardinals scored three runs in the first, one in the second, six in the third and two in the fourth to defeat Cutter Morning Star 12-2 in five innings Tuesday afternoon.
Rex Furry pitched a one-hit shutout until the top of the fifth when he gave up a two-run single after walking two with one out. Furry finished the game allowing two runs on two hits with two walks.
He struck out 10.
â€śThis conference is pretty tough and nothing is given,â€ť coach Brandon Kelly said. â€śLast night we played a complete game. It always feels good to get a win.â€ť
The Lady Hornets got off to a slow start Tuesday, but Russellville never got anything started.
After being held scoreless in four innings, Bryant scored six runs in the fifth inning and four in the seventh to beat the Lady Cyclones 10-0.
Head coach Debbie Clark said, â€śSometimes it just takes the players an inning or two to figuyre otua the pitcher.â€ť
Bryant (11-3, 2-0 7A Central) faces Conway today at home at 5 p.m.
Four of the Lady Hornets runs in the fifth inning came off a grand slam by Jessie Taylor, bringing in herself, Katie Stillman, Jenna Bruick and Hannah Rice.