May 7th, 2014
HASKELL â€” The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals battled through a rare close contest Monday. With a championship looming, the Lady Cards defeated the Perryville Lady Mustangs 2-1 to move their winning streak to 12 straight and captured the squadâ€™s second straight 5-3A District title.
â€śI am most proud of how we fought through a close game since we hadnâ€™t played one in a while, so it was nice to see how we were going to do,â€ť Head Coach Sammi Massey said. â€śIt took both pitchers today and both did a great job. We got timely hits where we needed them and played defense when we had to.â€ť
MALVERN â€“ In two must-win games, the Bauxite Lady Miners punched their ticket to a 4A Regionals berth on Friday when they defeated the Robinson Senators 16-6 and the Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs 11-3 at the 7-4A District Tournament in Malvern. The Lady Miners played Nashville, which Bauxite lost to 13-1 on April 25, in the semifinal game on Saturday with results in Mondayâ€™s edition.
â€śWeâ€™re in the Regional for sure now,â€ť Bauxite Coach Sara Tew said. â€śItâ€™s just a matter of where. If we beat Nashville, weâ€™ll be a 1 or 2 seed.â€ť
BENTON â€“ Since Benton baseball Coach Mark Balisterri won his 300th game back in the 6A State Championship season of 2009, it hasnâ€™t taken very long to hit that next milestone â€“ 400 wins. In Balisterriâ€™s 20th season coaching the Benton Panthers, he picked up No. 400 on March 29, 2014, in a 6-3 win over the Lakeside Rams.