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Hot Springs Village defeats Everett

June 11, 2011

The Everett GMC AA Legion baseball team lost to Hot Springs Village after Hot Springs scored seven runs in the first, one in the second, two in the fourth and seven in the fifth to win 17-7 Friday night.
Everett scored a run in the first and second innings, four in the fourth and one in the fifth.
In the first inning, Ryne Bewley was hit by a pitch and Hunter Wray walked to begin the inning. A wild pitch, an error and a ground out by Austin Kennedy trimmed Hot Spring Village’s lead to 7-1.

Panthers finish 5-3 at OBU tourney

June 10, 2011

In a 7 -on- 7 tournament at Ouachita Baptist University, the Benton Panthers finished with a record of 5-3 over two days.
The Panthers lost to Lake Hamilton twice and to Shiloah Christian. On the first day, they defeated Sheridan 12-10, lost to Lake Hamilton 24-22, lost to Shiloah Christian 28-12 and defeated Kirk Academy, a school from Mississippi, 30-0.
On the second day, Benton lost to Lake Hamilton 28-10, but defeated Shiloah Christian 20-2, Camden 28-22 and Warren 12-8.

Pine Bluff Simmons defeats McClendon’s 10-3

June 10, 2011

Pine Bluff defeated McClendon’s Appliance 10-3 in seven innings Thursday night at Bernard Holland Park. Pine Bluff scored a run in the first, one in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth, five in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Benton scored a run in the third and two in the sixth. Pine Bluff had 10 runs on eight hits and McClendon’s had three runs on seven hits.
In the first, Ryan Bewley reached on a walk and after a passed ball would later score on a ground out by Levon Steward.

Benton Sport Shop defeats Lake Hamilton 12-7

June 9, 2011

The Benton Sport Shop Legion baseball team defeated Lake Hamilton Tuesday 12-7 at Lake Hamilton High School.
Benton scored seven runs in the first, four in the third and one in the fourth. Lake Hamilton scored a run in the first, three in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth.
Benton had 12 runs on seven hits with three errors and Lake Hamilton had seven runs on seven hits with just one error.
“That first inning was key for us,” manager Johnny Mitchell said. “Their pitcher was throwing a lot of balls and that was what started the game.
“We got base hits at key times.”

Benton native drafted by Royals

June 8, 2011

Arkansas State pitcher and Benton native Andy Ferguson was selected in the 18th round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 MLB draft.
“I’m relieved,” Ferguson said. “It feels great. I don’t even know how to put into words of how I feel right now.”
Ferguson was the 546th overall pick in the draft but as of press time he was unsure of the details of his contract. The Kansas City organization was supposed to call him Tuesday night with the details, but Ferguson said through a text message that he had not heard from them yet.

Everett GMC splits games in Pine Bluff Tourney

June 7, 2011

The Benton Everett GMC AA Legion baseball team defeated Little Rock Blue Post but lost to Pine Bluff in Saturday’s tournament at Pine Bluff High School.
Everett scored a run in the first inning, five in the second, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to defeat Blue Post 10-9 in the first game. Blue Post scored a run in the fourth and eight in the fifth.
Dylan Oliver pitched three innings, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Holden Hanley pitched one inning, but allowed six runs on two hits with a strikeout and a walk.

Sport Shop loses three straight at Jacksonville

June 6, 2011

The Benton Junior Legion team Sport Shop lost three straight games in a tournament in Jacksonville including a 6-5 loss to Rosebud, a 8-5 loss to Jacksonville and a 11-0 rout to Sheridan on Sunday.
In Sunday’s game against Sheridan, Sport Shop managed just three hits while Sheridan scored 11 runs on nine hits with just one error. Benton’s Tyler Massey had a single in the first inning and Jay Davies had a single in the second.
Tyler Turbyfill had a single in the fifth inning to account for all three hits. Braxton Zimmerman reached on a walk in the second inning.

Seniors knock off former Hogs in annual charity game 

June 4, 2011

BENTON — It didn't take long for Bauxite senior Tristan Rogers to find her groove. Before Friday's annual charity basketball game, Rogers said "it had been a while" since she had shot the ball or played.
It didn't seem to matter though as she scored three points off the bench in the first quarter and would finish the game with about 14 points, including four three-pointers.
Rogers, an all-conference player for the Lady Miners, said afterward, "You never lose it."

Bauxite’s Tanner Bates named 4A All-State

May 26, 2011

Bauxite senior Tanner Bates was honored this week by being named by the Arkansas Activities Association to the 2011 All-State Team.
Two Lady Miners, seniors Elizabeth Harris and Haley Davis, were given All-Conference honors, as were three of Bates’ teammates: sophomores Tyler Willis and Chris Revas and junior Ryan Weng.
Bates, 18, the son of Robert and Lisa Bates, signed a letter of intent earlier this month to play at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock,

Glen Rose softball, baseball players given honors

May 25, 2011

Two Glen Rose student-athletes were given All-State honors Tuesday, and several were named All-Conference.
Senior Hollie Boles and sophomore Kylie Shepherd were named to the 2011 All-State for the 3A conference.
Boles had a .468 batting average on the season with two doubles, three triples and three home runs, driving in a total of 18 runs.
Shepherd batted .508 with nine doubles and driving in 17 runs.

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