March 26th, 2011
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.
BENTON â It didnât take long for Bentonâs Joseph Henry to prove he belong in the line up after missing the first few games of the season. In fact, it just took one at bat.
With a runner on second and one out in the bottom of the first, Henry hit a home run to the opposite field to give Benton a 2-0 lead early in the game.
âJoseph has a lot of power and we are glad to have him back in the line up,â coach Mark Balisterri said. âHe is definitely going to be a big plus for this team.â
Robert L. (Bob) Hanley, 62, of Benton died Thursday, March 24, 2011.
He was born April 18, 1948, in Benton.
Robert retired after 35 years with Air Products and Chemicals as an Account Manager He was a member of the Blue Rock Gun Club, the Ten Mile Hunting Club, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Helen Hanley; and a son, Bart Hanley.
John Mark Duer, 63, of Benton passed away March 23, 2011.
He was born Oct. 10, 1947, in Longview, Texas, to Bud and Loma Birch Duer and was employed by J.B. Hunt Trucking.
Bryant and Arlington Country Day (Fla.) passed the lead back and forth three times on Wednesday at Sanford, Fla. but in the end Bryant pulled out an 8-4 win in seven innings over Arlington Country Day.
The Hornets broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh with four runs thanks to two RBI singles by Dylan Cross and Tyler Brown.
Lucas Castleberry reached on an error to begin the inning and after Tyler Green ran for him, Landon Pickett singled to put runners on first and second with no one out.
Today the Bauxite Miners head to Jonesboro to play in the Extra Innings Spring Classic, which runs through Saturday.
While there, head coach Michael Mattox said the Miners need to cut back defensive errors and improve batting at the end of the lineup.
âIâm looking forward to getting a lot better,â he said. âWeâll be playing some good teams this weekend, and itâllm ake us better for when we start conference play next week.â