LITTLE ROCK â After coming from behind to pick up a 6-5 win over Columbia, Tenn., in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-South Regional Tournament on Saturday, the Bryant Black Sox were down again on Sunday against the Missouri champions, Jefferson City, on Sunday at UALR âs Gary Hogan Field. Behind 7-4 after five innings on Sunday, the Black Sox would scratch a run each in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to trail 8-7 going into the ninth. Thatâs when the fireworks started.
BENTON â Former Benton Panthers pitcher Zack Smiley will be staying close to home when he continues his education past the high school level. On Tuesday, Smiley signed his intent to walk on with the University of Arkansas Little Rock Trojans at Benton Arena.
âI figured it was the best opportunity to play,â Smiley started. âItâs a good school to get my education and itâs a great program for my future.â
Smileyâs father, Dan, said Zack is following his dream.
Wow, what a week. Sure, there was a lot of driving, but my dad, brother and I went on the trip of a lifetime this past week. Planned a year ago, my dad suggested we go see the baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held last Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y. I knew Greg Maddux with his 355 wins, Tom Glavine with his 305 wins, and Frank Thomas with his 521 home runs and over 1,700 RBI would all be first-ballot hall-of-famers, but we all got a treat when three more were added to the induction.
David Price is the biggest name being thrown around leading up to the 2014 Major League Baseball trade deadline on July 31. Of the few teams vying for the Tampa Bay ace, the St. Louis Cardinals look to be the front-runner right now.
For the past two seasons Price has been the center of conversation when it comes to trades and the Cardinals have been the leading candidate both times. With plenty of prospect potential to land the 28-year-old Cy Young winner, St. Louis might want to jump at the chance a second time around.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â Technically, the Bryant Everett Black Sox didnât go undefeated in the Junior American Legion State Tournament. Needing to beat the Sheridan Yellowjackets just once, opposed to Sheridan having to beat Bryant twice, the Black Sox routed Sheridan 10-5 in the first state championship game of the night. But, Sheridan lobbied for the first game to be a Bryant forfeit because of an ineligible player. The game was forfeited by Bryant, but Sheridan may have preferred the first loss to what was ahead for the Yellowjackets the second game.
BAUXITE â With the 2014 high school football season quickly approaching, the Bauxite Miners now have to find a new head coach. Shane Clancy, Minersâ coach for last four seasons, announced Tuesday to the team and district that he would be leaving to coach Bethel Middle School in Bryant once the Bryant School Board approves the change next week.
âI am going to miss Bauxite and the people I worked with,â Clancy said. âI am thankful for the opportunity that I had to work here and provide for my family.â
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â In the semifinals of the Junior American Legion State Tournament between the Bryant Everett Black Sox and Sheridan, the two teams went into extra innings tied 1-1. Everett cemented its spot in the state championship game today as Bryant scored three runs in the top of the eighth and Beaux Bonvillain, who relieved in the third inning, shut Sheridan down for the 4-1 win. Bryant also defeated Paragould 4-0 in the second game of the day on Jake Eastâs shutout and will play Sheridan today at 5 p.m. in the final.