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Unbelievable comeback gives Benton 12-11 win

April 27, 2011

BENTON — For the first time in his 21 years at Benton High School, coach Mark Balisterri witnessed the impossible. After trailing 11-0 after the top of the second inning, the Panthers were able to kick, scratch and crawl back to defeat Sheridan 12-11 at home Wednesday afternoon.
“I’ve never had a team down 11-0 and come back like that,” Balisterri said. “We came back because we hit the ball.
“Carson came in and just a phenomenal job [pitching] after being roughed up for five runs in the second.”

Lady Beavers need to ‘stay the course’

April 27, 2011

With an undefeated conference record, the Glen Rose Lady Beavers are going into the 3A-5 District Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
In doing so, Glen Rose has a bye until the semifinal round of the tournament, which is scheduled to start Friday at Mayflower.
No matter what happens Saturday, when the Lady Beavers first play, head coach Kyle Lem said his team will advance to the 3A Regional Tournament held at Harding Academy in Searcy starting Friday, May 6.
However, don’t expect the Lady Beavers to roll over any time soon.
“Obviously we want to win so we can get a higher seed,” Lem said.

Lady Cardinals prepare for Jessieville, district

April 27, 2011

With the rain and weather Saline County has received in the last couple of days, the phrase “everybody is in the same boat” flirts with being a bad pun rather than a tired out cliche.
But for the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals (and the rest of the 3A-5 Conference), everybody is in the same boat as most of the teams have not played in nearly a week due to the constant interruptions by Mother Nature.
“I am worried about being rusty and all that stuff,” coach Sammi Massey said. “Mainly, I’m a little concerned with our defense. We haven’t been able to get on the field to practice.”

Miners prepare for Wednesday’s district tourney

April 26, 2011

The Miners are scheduled to play their last conference game today at Pulaski Academy. However, if the game is rained out — like Monday’s game against Horatio — head coach Michael Mattox said both teams will likely take a loss.
As of now, Bauxite has an 11-12 overall record and is 2-4 in 4A-7 Conference play. Mattox said a loss will not change his team’s No. 6 seed in the district tournament, which is set to begin Wednesday in De Queen.
“It won’t change our situation,” he said, adding that PA’s loss will move De Queen from a three seed to a four, and Ashdown from a four to a three.

Bryant sweeps Van Buren

April 25, 2011

The Bryant Hornets scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat Van Buren 5-4 in the second game of a double header Friday night.
After winning the first game 12-2, the Hornets had to hold off a 7th inning rally by the Pointers to earn the sweep. WIth one out, Van Buren would load the bases thanks to a walk, and a pair of singles. Bryant pitcher Dylan Cross would get out of it, striking out the two final batters.

Bauxite's Elizabeth Harris 'hates to lose'

April 23, 2011

In her first game for the Lady Miners three years ago, Elizabeth Harris didn't even know where she would be in the lineup, which head coach Wes Mode announced as the game was starting against the defending state champions.
"My name was first, and I was playing center field," she said. "I looked at coach Mode and said, 'Are you nuts?!'"
The freshman leadoff hitter, who's now a senior and still bats first in the Bauxite lineup, calmed her nerves, stepped up to the plate and hit a double.
"After that hit I was fine," she said.

Panthers win in extra innings

April 23, 2011

In a 6A South battle Friday night, Benton and Texarkana went into extra innings with Benton winning 3-2 thanks to a clutch two-out hit by senior Ashton Roberts.
Tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth with junior Garrison Roy on second base, Roberts hit a double to score Roy, which would prove to be the winning run after the Panthers held Texarkana scoreless in its next at bat.
Benton (17-4, 9-2 6A South) remains in first place in the conference and will host Sheridan at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Hornets beat Van Buren in game one

April 22, 2011

BRYANT — Bryant took the first game of a doubleheader Friday against Van Buren, which was postponed Thursday due to inclement weather.
The Hornets won 12-2 in six innings. The results of the second game were not available by press time.
Bryant (17-4, 7-2 7A Central) went into Friday’s game with a two-game lead in the conference.
Junior Jordan Taylor pitched all six innings for the Hornets and earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Head coach Kirk Bock said, “Jordan did a great job today.”

Benton seniors to cheer for Hogs

April 22, 2011

Two Benton High School students, Jacie Gregory and Jenny Belz, will be cheering for the Arkansas Razorbacks next year.
However, unlike most Fayetteville freshman they will be doing so on the sidelines because both were named earlier this month to the 2011 cheerleading squad.
Belz, 17, the daughter of Dan and Mary Belz, and Gregory, 17, the daughter of Jim and Jana Gregory, will join former Panthers cheerleader Carly Glover, 19, who graduated from Benton in 2010.

Hornets look to pull away with doubleheader

April 21, 2011

With a two-game lead in the 6A South, Bryant is looking to distance itself from the competition in a doubleheader with Van Buren today.
Weather permitting, Bryant will host Van Buren beginning at 4 p.m. However, head coach Mike Bock said there are a handful of options “depending on what the weather does.”
If needed, Bock said both teams could play today at UALR’s Curran Conway Field, or the Hornets could jump on a bus and head to Van Buren.
Also, the game could be rescheduled for tomorrow at either Sheridan or Van Buren.

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