August 15th, 2011
Raynham, Mass., manager Eric Wensley conceded his team may have had some first-game jitters against a good South Lexington team when they kicked off play in the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series on Friday.
On Saturday, it was obvious Raynhamâ€™s jitters were gone.
Despite getting a slight scare from Benton, Ark., in the form of a 3-run sixth inning, Raynham did enough to hold on for its first tournament win, leaving the Riverway Sports Park with a 9-6 victory Saturday.
The Central California State champions bounced
back from a loss in Game 1 of the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series to defeat
the Southwest Regional champions in five innings.
Buchanan benefitted from some wild pitching from Benton, drawing 10 walks.
Buchanan finished with just five hits.
Leading the way was No. 9 hitter Blake Wells, who went 2-for-3 with a double
and two RBIs. Reese Wells chipped in going 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored, Marcus Mele went 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored and
Ryan Bray went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
LITTLE ROCK â€” With just three weeks until the annual rivalry game between Benton and Bryant, the two teams hosted a press conference at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to promote the annual Salt Bowl.
Last year, Bryant defeated Benton 45-9 in front of an attendance of 20,206 but Benton holds the overall record of 24-13-1 in the series. Bryant, however, has defeated Benton for the past five years.
BENTON â€” New softball coach Heidi Cox is anxious to get underway. Too bad for her, the season doesnâ€™t start until the Spring.
â€śI almost wish softball was a fall sport, so we could go ahead and get started,â€ť Cox said Thursday night at the Benton High School Cafeteria during a meet and greet for all the parents, fans and players.
â€śI am excited about taking over,â€ť Cox said.
Thomas (T.C.) Chaney, 71, of Hot Springs, passed away August 10.Â He was born January 17, 1940 in Bauxite to the late William and Annie Chaney.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Thomas B. Chaney, sisters, Reba Tackett, Hazel Taylor, Shirley Johnston, Faye Baker, and Willie May Blair.
He is survived by sons, Lee Goins of Winthrop, Raymond Booher of Russellville, brother, Herman Chaney and wife, Delores and sister, Mary Lee Collatt and husband, Walter, all of Haskell, special friends, Betty and Ruby of Hot Springs.
Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home.
Bradley Robert Blackburn, infant son of Bradley and Amanda Blackburn of Benton, was born on August 9, and passed away August 9. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Brenda and Robert Blackburn; an uncle, Robert Blackburn; and a sister, Angel Cox.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Christian Blackburn, Benton; sisters, Katheryn Tuttle and Stormy Cox, both of Little Rock; grandparents, Stacy Mathis of Benton and James Cox of Little Rock.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Saturday at New Hope Cemetery in Benton by Ashby Funeral Home.
Opal Ratcliff Stegman, 95 of Pine Bluff, Benton and recently residing in Baton Rouge, LA died Tuesday, Aug 9, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA.Â Opal was born August 11, 1915 in Willow, to the late Ella Brumley Ratcliff and Frank A. Ratcliff.Â She was reared and educated at Dellar. and had been employed as a dietician at Jefferson Hospital in Pine Bluff.Â Opal was a member of Greenlee Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.Â
Alleta W. Hanks, 85, of Benton died Sunday August 7, 2011 at her home. She was born September 9, 1925 in Dahlgren, Illinois. Alleta was retired and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Benton. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Edna Garrison, and by her husband of 57 years, Bill Hanks.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Rieben and her significant other, J. S. Frazier, Benton; sisters, Hellen Sailor, and Kate Whipple, both of Illinois; one grandchild.
Johnie Otis Ward, 87, of Benton, passed away August 9.Â He was born April 9, 1924 in Jessieville, to the late John and Almeda Ward.Â Johnie was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during the Korean War.Â He was a 32nd degree Mason and attended Mt. View Baptist Church.Â Johnie was preceded in death by his brothers, William Ward, Rector Ward, Walter Ward and Thomas Ward, sisters, Ida Ward, Mandy Murders and Violet Cockman.
Kennith Earl Wilkerson, 71, of Benton, our precious husband and father went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 8. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding 4-wheelers, and spending time with his wife, family and friends. Kennith served four years in the United States Air Force and retired from Union Pacific Railroad. He and his wife are members of First Southern Baptist Church of Bryant.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Retus and Nadine Wilkerson; one brother, Jimmy Wilkerson; and one sister, Yvonne Shaw.