BRYANT â€“ Junior pitcher Blaine Knight struck out the first four batters he faced and nine straight to start, to lead the Bryant Hornets to a 11-1 five-inning victory over the Pine Bluff Zebras in 7A/6A South action on Friday at Hornets Field.
Knight picked up the win giving up one run on one hit, walking two and striking out eight for the game.
The Hornets would strike first early as junior Drew Tipton hit a one-out double to left field and came around to score when third-place batter Chase Tucker singled up the middle for the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK -- Friday was night full of defending champions and second-place finishers in North Little Rock. The first round of play slated the defending 3A champ Harmony Grove against 1Aâ€™s victor Taylor Lady Tigers. With two teams looking for a repeat this season, Harmony Grove got in the early shot, punching Taylor in the mouth to the tune of 9-0.
â€śWe hit very well today,â€ť Head Coach Sammi Massey said. â€śWe played really well. Other than one error on defense it went pretty well.â€ť
LITTLE ROCK â€“ After dropping a 5-2 decision to Bryant in the first 7A/6A South Conference game of the season, the Benton Panthers soccer team bounced back to defeat Vilonia 1-0, but fell once again on Friday on the road. With a 1-1 score at the end of regulation, the JA Fair War Eagles won a 5-4 shootout over Benton to put a tired Panthers team at 5-2 overall and 0-2 in the South.
The Panthers have played eight games in the past 11 days.
JESSIEVILLE â€“ The Bauxite Miners won their first-ever overall team track meet in the Senior High Lion Relays on Thursday in Jessieville. The Miners blistered the field scoring 129 points, outdistancing second-place Caddo Hills (80.5) by almost 50 points. The Lady Miners tied with Caddo Hills for third at the meet with 66 points, behind first-place Jessieville (125) and second-place Magnet Cove (81).
POYEN â€” No matter how the rest of the season goes for the Harmony Grove Cardinals, the 2014 season will go down as a championship year. After beating Cutter Morning Star and Magnet Cove in the first two games of the Poyen Tournament last week, the Cardinals flew past 5-3A conference rival Glen Rose 5-0 to capture the hardware.
â€śIt was a great win,â€ť Head Coach Brandon Mynhier said. â€śYou want to win against Glen Rose anytime you can and they are going to always put a great team on the field. We just went out and tried to win a championship. It was a fun time for all of us.â€ť
BENTON -- A year after playing every game with an extremely heavy heart, the Benton Lady Panthers revisited that emotion in full with the first game of the second annual Drew Melton: Forever Young Tournament on Friday.
With Wynne as the first opponent up, Benton took care of business, winning 6-0 after a second straight dominating performance from pitcher Stevi Muilenburg. The senior allowed just one hit over five innings, striking out five and walking one.
BENTON â€“ It took extra innings to do it, but the Benton Panthers came away with a 3-2 victory over the defending 5A state champion Arkadelphia Badgers on Friday at Panthers Field. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 2-2 game, Benton junior Cameron Spiveyâ€™s hard-hit grounder to second base scored courtesy runner Sam Baker when the throw to the catcher was low and the umpire called a trap against the ground for the winning run.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. â€“ After losing 2-1 and 1-0 heartbreakers Friday and Saturday to the Florida Gators, Arkansas flogged Florida 9-3 Sunday in the final game of the SEC season-opening series at Florida's McKethan Stadium.
The Razorbacks take 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the SEC records back to Baum Stadium for 6:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. nonconference games Tuesday and Wednesday against Grambling State before hosting Alabama in next weekend's three-game SEC series.
Florida finished the series 13-7 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.
JONESBORO â€“ Making the 6A State Tournament semifinals their second consecutive year against the Jonesboro Golden Hurricane, the result was almost exactly the same as last season as the Benton Panthers fell 63-53 on Tuesday afternoon at Jonesboro High School. The Hurricane defeated Benton last year 61-51 in the semis at Greenwood.
â€śThey had depth,â€ť Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said of Jonesboro. â€śI could see that at the end. We got into some early foul trouble. Our game plan, early on, was working really well.â€ť