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April 9th, 2011
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.
After being rained out Monday, Glen Rose and Mayflower decided to give it another go Tuesday with the Beavers winning 3-0 and the Lady Beavers winning 15-1.
Both the boys and girls teams are undefeated in 3A Conference play,
Glen Rose was scheduled to be the visitor Monday, but accepted hosting duties Tuesday as a result of Mayflowerâ€™s field conditions.
Beavers head coach Chase Meyers said, â€śThat was the best game weâ€™ve played as a team,â€ť adding that sophomore Colin Hunter, who earned the save on the mound and made the play of the game at third base, â€śhad a great game all around.â€ť
Benton freshman Carmen King scored a goal off an assist from Mariah Temple at the 9:29 minute mark in the first half as the Benton Lady Panthers defeated Malvern 1-0 Monday night.
â€śShe is actually our leading scorer on the year,â€ť coach Jason Gentry said. â€śShe has five goals on the year and does a good job of finding the net. She controls the ball.
â€śSometimes she tries to do too much but when she just focuses on striking the ball, she does a good job. It helps that she has got some pretty good players around her too.â€ť
For the Benton Lady Panthers this season, two things were always constant: They battled every night and it was total team effort.
Not one player was dominant on the floor, but instead a different girl led the team in scoring or defense almost every night.
The rest of the 6A South took notice of the team effort as six Benton Lady Panthers were awarded all-conference honors for their performance during the 2010-11 season.