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Sport Shop falls to Cabot

July 5, 2013

BENTON – Benton Sport Shop couldn’t overcome a slow start while allowing 15 hits in a 12-4 loss to the Sylvan Hills Bruins on Bill Perry Field at Bernard Holland Park in Benton on Tuesday.
“Sylvan Hills is a great team,” Benton Coach Steven Tew said. “They hit the ball very well against us. The good thing is none of us gave up. We rallied back there in the end and that was promising. We got a couple of guys banged up… we’ll be ready by district tournament.”

New Ink: Panther earns big opportunity

July 3, 2013

BENTON – Former Benton Panther first baseman Trey Bishop signed a letter of intent to play for the Arkansas Tech (Russellville) Wonder Boys on Monday afternoon at Benton Arena. Bishop was an All-Conference selection for the 22-5 Panthers, which fell in the semifinals of the 6A State Tournament.

Catchers, managers and Gold Gloves

June 25, 2013

Thirteen of the 30 Major League Baseball managers have been catchers in their minor or major league playing careers. Yes, 43 percent of today’s managers are former catchers, with six managers being former outfielders, and five managers who were shortstops in their playing days. I’ve always had an idea of the reasoning of why so many catchers become managers, but former Arkansas Razorback and St. Louis Cardinal three-time winning Gold Glove catcher Tom Pagnozzi simplified it for me.
“Because they’re the smartest baseball players, that’s why,” Pagnozzi joked.

Bishop buries Hoppers

June 19, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME – A one-out single in the first inning was the only hit Trey Bishop would give up for the game in a 9-0 Benton McClendon’s Appliances win over host Mountain Home Hoppers in the Twin Lakes Classic on Friday in Mountain Home. The win pitted Benton (first in its pool) against Jonesboro on Saturday at 4:30 in a single elimination format.

McClendon's uses pitching, clutch hitting in win

June 14, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME – The Benton McClendon’s Appliances improved to 1-1 in the Twin Lakes Classic with a 6-3 victory over Batesville on Thursday in Mountain Home. Benton lost 14-3 against DeSoto, Mo., on Wednesday.
Leadoff man Tyler Lewis and No. 2 hitter Jack James remained hot and are providing a 1-2 punch for the McClendon’s at the top of the order. Lewis doubled to leadoff the bottom of the first and would later score Benton’s first run for an early 1-0 lead.

McClendon's fall in Mountain Home

June 13, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME – The Benton McClendon’s dropped a 14-3 decision to DeSoto, Mo., in the Twin Lakes Classic in Mountain Home on Wednesday to fall to 2-6 on the season. The McClendon’s will play Batesville today at 3:30 and will play host Mountain Home at noon on Friday.

Black Sox sweep Russellville

June 12, 2013

BRYANT – Along with former Bryant Hornet, Bryant Black Sox, and Arkansas Razorback pitcher Trent Daniel (drafted in the 17th round to the Colorado Rockies) in attendance, the Bryant Black Sox swept a two-game series against Russellville by scores of 3-2 and 4-1 on Monday at Bryant Hornet field.

Sport Shop cleans up act for 1st win

June 12, 2013

BENTON – It didn’t start well for Benton Sport Shop, but the team cleaned up their play and ended up with their first win of the season in an 11-3 decision over Malvern National Bank on Saturday at Bernard Holland Park.
Benton starter Jay Davies walked the first four batters of the game, the last one resulting in the first run of the game, but settled down and ended up giving a very solid performance. Davies would get out of the inning when Ethan Hendrix forced a man out at home and Davies would strike the next two batters out to get out of the inning.

Hornet taking talents to Tech

June 8, 2013

BRYANT – Former Bryant Hornet pitcher Nate Rutherford will be joining teammate Marcus Wilson as an Arkansas Tech (Russellville) Wonder Boy. Rutherford signed to play for the Wonderboys on Thursday morning at the Bryant High School baseball office and said it wasn’t hard to decide on Arkansas Tech for life after high school baseball.

To toss or not to toss; that is the question

June 5, 2013

Intense emotion and frustration has been a part of all sports since the beginning of time. Everyone wants to win and no one wants to lose. As for Major League Baseball, the pride that many players take spills over a little far at times.
Armed with a bat and a helmet, players have been known to take out a water cooler or throw some head gear a time or two in the past. While most outbursts lead to ejections more times than not the player should have stayed in the game.

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