BAUXITE â€“ After splitting a doubleheader with Poyen over the weekend, the Bauxite Miners picked up a 7-5 opening-round win in the FCA Tournament over the St. Josephâ€™s Bulldogs of Conway on Wednesday in Bauxite.
â€śWe had a good start,â€ť Bauxite Coach Mike Mattox began, â€śwe didnâ€™t finish. Thatâ€™s kind of how weâ€™ve played the last few games. Weâ€™ve got to learn to finish games off. Thatâ€™s kind of how we played last year.â€ť
LITTLE ROCK â€“ Itâ€™s not every day that a first-ballot baseball Hall-of Famer visits your state to talk about old times, but thatâ€™s what happened this past Friday evening at the Clinton Library in Little Rock. St. Louis Cardinals great and National League all-time stolen base leader Lou Brock opened the Clinton Libraryâ€™s St. Louis Cardinals exhibit which officially opened on Saturday. The exhibit is called Play Ball! The St. Louis Cardinals and features the 2006 and 2011 World Series trophies among a variety of other vintage Cardinalsâ€™ memorabilia, and runs through Sept. 16.
BAUXITE â€“ The Bauxite Lady Miners softball team came close to having a perfect opening week of the season, but the Glen Rose Lady Beavers made sure that didnâ€™t happen. With the Lady Miners up 7-1 after the fourth inning, Glen Rose came back to defeat Bauxite 9-7 in extra innings last Monday in Bauxite. Bauxite took the next two games of the week with ease, defeating Mayflower 15-2 on Tuesday and shutting out Poyen 10-0 on Friday.
BENTON - The Benton Lady Panthers softball team collected their first win of the season on Friday, beating up on Watson Chapel 10-0 in five innings. The Lady Panthers fell in their first contest of the year against Bryant 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Starting pitcher Lauren White started the game with a little bit of control problems, walking the Lady Wildcats first batter on five pitches. White quickly settled into her groove, striking out the next two batters.
Lady Panthers catcher Amanda Jones threw the runner out at second trying to steal for the innings first out.
The Bauxite Miners baseball team opened the 2012 season this past week and started the year off right with a 3-2 victory over the Glen Rose Beavers on Monday at Bauxite.
Led by the pitching of senior Ryan Weng, the Miners played stellar defense behind him to get the victory.
â€śMonday, our defense and pitching showed out,â€ť Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said. â€śItâ€™s the best defensive game Iâ€™ve coached at Bauxite. We made every play. We had a 74-pitch complete game from our pitcher. We couldnâ€™t ask for a better game.â€ť
LITTLE ROCK â€“ With 30 Arkansas High School swim teams participating in the Arkansas State High School Swim/Dive Championships at UALR on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, the Bryant Hornet Girls swim team finished the meet No. 3 in the state.
â€śThis is the best finish in the State Meet for a Lady Hornet Swim Team,â€ť said Coach Angel Dale. â€śI am extremely proud of the third-place finish for the girlsâ€™ team. The girls brought home a medal in every event they swam except for the 400 relay.â€ť said Dale.
HASKELL â€“ The Harmony Grove Cardinal baseball team started their season at 1-0 with a 9-4 victory over Magnet Cove on Monday. On Wednesday, the Cardinals welcomed 6A foe Fair into their ballpark for game two of the season. A no-hitter and 26 runs later and the Cardinals had themselves a 26-0 win and a 2-0 season record.
Cardinals starting pitcher Arron Arzt struck out four in the top of the fourth, allowing one runner to reach base on a passed ball and error on the catcher.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Panthers baseball team opened the season in fine fashion with two pitchers combining to throw a no-hitter in the Panthers 1-0 victory over the Central Arkansas Mustangs on Tuesday in the Benton Invitational. Senior left-hander Garrison Roy and junior lefty Coulton Lee combined for the no-hitter for Benton.
BRYANT - Benton and Bryant matched up for the softball version of the Salt Bowl as both softball teams battled for bragging rights on Tuesday night at Bishop Park.
With rain threatening game play, both teams came out hot on defense.
Bryant starting pitcher Peyton Jenkins shut down the Lady Panthers bats in the top of the first with a three-and-out performance including two strikeouts looking.
EL DORADO â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers escaped with a 54-49 overtime victory over the Jonesboro Lady Hurricane on Tuesday in the first round of the 6A State Playoffs in El Dorado. The South No. 1 seed Lady Panthers(22-7) were down two points with 4.5 seconds left in regulation against the No. 8 seed Lady Hurricane.
â€śTheyâ€™re not your normal No. 8 seed,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śTheyâ€™re pretty dad gum athletic and pretty good. We had a 10-point lead in the second half and instead of building on it, we let them get back into it.â€ť