The Benton Lady Panthers made short work of JA Fair on Tuesday as they extended their winning streak to 12 with a 15-0 rout. Both coaches agreed to put in a five-run limit per inning rule before the game started.
Benton scored five straight runs on four walks, two hits and an error in the first to take the early 5-0 lead.
Jessica Franklin shut down Fair in the bottom of the first by striking out the side, but was injured on the play. Immediately after releasing a strike three fastball to the third-place hitter to end the inning, Franklin hit the ground in pain as she grabbed her knee.
BAUXITE â€“ The Bauxite Lady Minersâ€™ last two games have been ones of extremes. On Friday, the Lady Miners lost 12-1 to the Nashville Lady Scrappers in 7-4A conference action, and on Monday, Bauxite routed the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins 17-0 to win its first conference game of the year.
Though the Lady Miners (3-5, 1-2 7-4A) lost big to Nashville, Bauxite Coach Wes Mode was more pleased with how his team played against the Lady Scrappers than in the 17-0 shellacking of the Lady Bruins.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers have been on a tear over the past six or seven weeks.
They have already added some hardware to the trophy case by winning the Bootsie Gordon Tournament in early March and now they are trying to keep a healthy winning streak alive as they get into the meat of a tough schedule.
Benton, coming into Monday, had won 10 straight games with itâ€™s only loss coming to arch rival Bryant on opening day.
VAN BUREN â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ softball team had a rollercoaster of a weekend in west Arkansas. After routing Van Buren 17-0 in 7A Central conference action on Thursday, the Lady Hornets then played six games in two days in the Van Buren Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Bryant won all six games to carry on its undefeated season to improve to 18-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. All invitational games were limited to 70 minutes because of the number of games and time constraints.
â€śWe had a good tournament,â€ť Bryant Coach Debbie Clark said. â€śWinning is always good.
BRYANT â€“ After senior Dylan Cross pitched the Bryant Hornets to a 9-1 win over the Van Buren Pointers in 7A Central conference action in Van Buren on Friday, the Hornets continued their routing ways with an 11-1 victory over the Texarkana Razorbacks on Saturday afternoon in Bryant.
In the win against the Pointers, Cross gave up one run in a seven-inning, complete-game, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven.
BENTON - The Benton Panthers came into Fridayâ€™s match against the conference leading Sheridan Yellowjackets looking to continue their winning ways after routing Texarkana on Tuesday. That is exactly what the Panthers did as they beat the Jackets 5-0 to move into a tie for first in the 6A South.
Though the Panthers got past the Jackets, the scoreboard was full of zeros until the bottom half of the sixth inning. Coulton Lee shut down Sheridan for seven innings on his way to tossing a complete-game shutout to get Benton to 3-1 in conference play and 10-4 overall.
HOT SPRINGS â€“ The Bryant ninth-grade boys earned their second win in a row Tuesday at the Lakeside RelaysÂ in Hot Springs.Â The Jr. Hornets scored a total of 155 points to dominate the field, finishing 41 points ahead of runner-up White Hall.Â
BENTON - Saline County is home to one of the hottest high school softball teams in the state so far this season. The Benton Lady Panthers are now 10-1 and are riding a 10-game winning streak after a dazzling performance against Sheridan, winning 7-1 on Thursday.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Hornets hosted the Little Rock Catholic Rockets in 7A Central conference play on Tuesday and came away with a 4-1 victory.
The Hornets (12-2, 2-1 7A Central) scored all four of their runs in the second inning with two outs. Senior Dylan Cross singled to start the inning and went to second base on sophomore Wesley Akersâ€™ walk. After sophomore Chase Tucker struck out, junior Hayden Daniel grounded into a fielderâ€™s choice to third base, who stepped on the bag to put runners on first and second.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant senior distance runner Skylar Oswalt joined teammates Ashlyn Lessenberry and Stacy Emmerling to run cross country at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia when she signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning at the Bryant Gym. According to cross country Coach Danny Westbrook, Henderson may need to change their mascot.
â€śThis is the third signing with Henderson State with Ashyln Lessenberry and Stacy Emmerling,â€ť Westbrook said. â€śThe Lady Reddies are going to have to change their mascot to the Lady Hornets. Weâ€™re soon going to have our team down there.â€ť