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March 19th, 2011
Small ball prevailed Saturday morning for the Bryant Lady Hornets as they advanced to the finals of the Tournament of Champions held in North Little Rock.
The defending 7A State Champions beat Foreman, the defending 2A-7 Champions, 1-0 thanks to fast base running and a roll of the dice.
Bryant (6-1, 1-0 7A Central) played Mountain Home, defending 6A State Champions, in the finals Saturday night at Burns Park. However, the results of the tournament championship were not available by press time.
Benton lost a heartbreaker Friday night, going down to Lake Hamilton 5-4 in 10 innings.
After trailing 4-0, Benton was able to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning, where the score would remain until the bottom of the 10th.
After a walk, sacrifice bunt and second walk, the Wolves singled to score the winning run despite the efforts of outfielder Levon Steward, who â€śmade a great play on the ball and nearly threw him out at the plate,â€ť head coach Mark Balisterri said.
The Lady Hornets knocked off the defending 5A State Champions Friday in the Tournament of Champions held in North Little Rock.
Bryant, the defending 7A Champions, beat Greenbrier 1-0 thanks to a solo home run by junior Jessie Taylor, her third on the season.
Bryant head coach Debbie Clark said, â€śIt was a really good game. We faced a great pitcher.â€ť
Bryant (5-1, 1-0 7A Central) now faces the winner of Friday nightâ€™s matchup between Searcy and Foreman. The Lady Hornets play in the tournament semifinal game at 10:15 a.m. today at Burns Park.
GLEN ROSE â€” A recurring theme for the Harmony Grove Cardinals this season has been their inconsistency. In Fridayâ€™s 10-6 loss to Glen Rose, it was no different.
â€śThat is the story of our season so far,â€ť Harmony Grove coach Brandon Kelly said. â€śOne game as a team we will bat .530 and the next game we will bat .190.
â€śLast night, we put together a complete game and tonight was inconsistency and that goes back to us being young there is no excuse.
â€śMentally we melted down tonight.â€ť
The Miners traveled Thursday to Magnet Cove, where they beat the Panthers 9-8.
Bauxite head coach Michael Mattox said, â€śWe fought hard tonight. That game was especially hard at the end.â€ť
Sophomore Chris Revas started on the mound for the Miners, pitching 6 1/3 innings and striking out eight batters. In the fifth inning, a line drive hit him in the ear, splitting it open and causing the game to be stopped while coaches tended to him.
However, Revas asked to stay in the game. Mattox, laughing, said, â€śI think he was more effective after he got hit.â€ť
GLEN ROSE â€” In a roller coaster of a game Thursday, the Glen Rose Lady Beavers came back to tie Central Arkansas Christian twice, and eventually win 7-6 in extra innings.
Down one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Glen Rose sophomore Rebecca Tuggle tied the game with a solo home run.
Then, in an extra eighth inning, sophomore Heather Whitfield scored the winning run on a dropped fly ball to right field hit by senior Hollie Boles.
Glen Rose head coach Kyle Lem described his team as a â€śfun bunch to coach.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m proud of them,â€ť he said. â€śThey came on strong.â€ť
The Lady Beavers held a 9-0 lead Tuesday going into the fifth inning against Bismarck, but allowed the Lady Lions to rally back and win 12-9.
Senior Tiffany Houpt pitched all seven innings for Glen Rose, earning the loss.
"Tiffany had some control issues," Glen Rose head coach Kyle Lem said.
While giving up the 12 runs, Houpt allowed 10 hits and nine walks. She had five strikeouts on the night.
"Being up nine runs, we have to score those runs in the bottom of the fourth and put the game out of reach," Lem said.
After the fourth inning, the Lady Beavers only recorded three hits.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the seventh inning, a routine ground ball to second went through the legs of Lake Hamiltonâ€™s second baseman, which allowed the runner on second to score and tie the game.
The throw from left field to the catcher sailed and allowed Billy Wicker to easily score from third and give Sheridan a 7-6 win over defending 6A State Champion Lake Hamilton Tuesday night.
â€śGetting a win like that was big,â€ť coach Mike Moore said. â€śTo hit like did off their really good pitching was huge.
Although Glen Rose gave up two runs against Bismarck, all were unearned and the Beaversâ€™ pitching roster essentially threw a combined no-hitter in their 12-2 win Tuesday.
Glen Rose head coach Chase Meyers said, â€śI didnâ€™t seem like we were pitching that well, because we had a couple of errors and they had runners on.
â€śBut our guys stopped the bleeding, and it couldâ€™ve been a lot worse.â€ť
Earning the win for Glen Rose was freshman Clay Holicer, who gave up two unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He walked three batters and struck out two, while hitting two with pitches.
HASKELL â€” The Miners jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
Bauxite beat Harmony Grove 6-0 Tuesday, scoring all of its runs in the first three innings thanks to good hitting, smart base running and well-executed defense.
Bauxite head coach Michael Mattox said, â€śWe were much more solid on defense. We acted like we knew what we were doing, and we were in position.â€ť
On the other end, Harmony Grove head coach Brandon Kelly said, â€śWe werenâ€™t mentally tough today. It showed when we got ready in warmups; we were clowning around and werenâ€™t focused at the task at hand.