LITTLE ROCK â€“ Former UALR shortstop Austin Pfeiffer has been selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 27th round on the 2014 MLB Draft. In 2014 Pfeiffer hit .253 with five home runs while starting every one of the Trojans 54 games at shortstop.
â€śWell the first person to contact me was my mother,â€ť Pfeiffer said about how he found out he had been selected. â€śShe called me and told me the good news shortly before the Orioles contacted me.â€ť
Pfeiffer said the Orioles congratulated him and said they look forward to what he can bring to their organization.
BENTON â€“ After a 6-6 record last year, itâ€™s best since the 2005 season, the Benton Panther football team closes its spring portion of its schedule, six practices including Friday nightâ€™s spring scrimmage at Panthers Stadium, featuring its hurry-up offense.
Itâ€™s not over until itâ€™s over. That could be the new motto for the 2014 Benton Lady Panthers. Down to their last strike and an unlikely hero at the plate in the 6A State Championship game, the Lady Panthers had their lives changed forever.
It took just one swing to rejuvenate a packed house Friday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. Staring at a full count with two on and down 1, freshman slugger Breanna Langford deposited possibly the biggest hit in school history over the fence in left field.
FAYETTEVILLE â€” Junior Blaine Knight shut down a powerful Fayetteville offense and senior eighth-place hitter Dalton Holt put an exclamation point on a 10-0 Bryant Hornets rout over the Purple Bulldogs with a 2-run bomb to left field in the 7A State Championship game in Fayetteville on Friday. It was the Hornetsâ€™ 23rd straight win and they just needed six innings to do it.
FAYETTEVILLE â€” It was the shot heard around the state. Down one with two on, two out, a full count and freshman Breanna Langford at the plate, Bentonâ€™s 6A title hopes looked to be all but demolished Friday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. That was until Sheridan pitcher Sydney Bonner left a hanger out over the plate that Langford tomahawked into left field for a 3-run, go-ahead blast to put the Lady Panthers in front for good.
BENTON -- The Benton Lady Panthers proved that the third time really is the charm Saturday, beating the defending 6A champion Russellville Cyclones 2-1 in the 6A State Tournament semifinals.
Having lost to the Cyclones 2-1 in each of the last two postseasons, Benton kicked the monkey from its back and punched its ticket to Fayetteville for a second straight 6A final.
The win wasnâ€™t just any victory for third-year Benton coach Heidi Cox, however. To her, this win ranks at the top.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ Bryant starting sophomore Zack Jackson would walk the bases loaded in the first inning of a 7A State Tournament semifinal game on Monday, but he would not walk another in a complete-game 2-0 shutout of the Conway Wampus Cats at Burns Park in North Little Rock.
Jackson would get out of the inning unscathed and would not let another Conway runner to third base the rest of the game giving up just three hits, three walks and striking out seven in seven innings pitched for the win.
BENTON â€“ The first two innings ended up being killer for the Benton Panthers in a 6A State Tournament semifinal game against the Russellville Cyclones on Saturday. South No. 1 seed Benton gave up three runs in the first and two in the second to spot East No. 2 seed Russellville five runs in a 5-1 loss to end the Panthersâ€™ season. Russellville will take on the East No. 5 seed Marion in the state championship in Fayetteville on Saturday.
The Benton Panthers athletic department has a new leader. After former Athletic Director Steve Quinn, Benton AD since 2006, took the principal position at Benton Middle School, Texas import Randy McFarlin will be the new Panther athletic director.
HASKELL â€” The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals battled through a rare close contest Monday. With a championship looming, the Lady Cards defeated the Perryville Lady Mustangs 2-1 to move their winning streak to 12 straight and captured the squadâ€™s second straight 5-3A District title.
â€śI am most proud of how we fought through a close game since we hadnâ€™t played one in a while, so it was nice to see how we were going to do,â€ť Head Coach Sammi Massey said. â€śIt took both pitchers today and both did a great job. We got timely hits where we needed them and played defense when we had to.â€ť