The Miners beat St. Joseph 8-7 Thursday thanks to a walk-off home run by senior Kyler Hickey in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Bauxite (11-9, 2-3 4A-7) travels to face conference leader Nashville today. Head coach Michael Mattox said, â€śI know we can play with them.
â€śWe just have to play solid defense and have a big effort on the mound.â€ť
Sophomore Chris Revas is scheduled to start as pitcher today with junior Ryan Weng, who only threw 76 pitches during Tuesdayâ€™s outing against Pulaski Robinson, a likely relief, Mattox said.
The Arkansas Junior High School Rodeo Association will host an event Saturday at the Saline County Fairgrounds.
The junior rodeo, which will be broken into two performances (9 a.m. and 1 p.m.), serves as the regional finals that count toward points for the year-end finals.
AJHSRA Board of Director Jim Lee of Benton said the top four from each event will be invited to the national finals, which will be held Monday, June 27, through Saturday, July 2, at Gallup, New Mexico.
For Fridayâ€™s game against Pine Bluff, the goal is simple: Donâ€™t underestimate the Zebras.
Coach Mark Balisterri said that Wednesday, even though the Panthers beat them 10-0 earlier this season.
â€śIf we go out there and play our game and donâ€™t let them hang around, then we should be good,â€ť Balisterri said. â€śMy main concerned is being focused for the game.
â€śPine Bluff is Pine Bluff, and they have been beating people for years. Even when they are down, they always beat people they arenâ€™t supposed to beat.â€ť
Point and case is Pine Bluffâ€™s 6-3 win over El Dorado Tuesday night.
HASKELL â€” All season, Harmony Grove head coach Sammi Massey has been preaching the importance of not waiting until the third or fourth inning of games to start playing. But for whatever reason, it just hasnâ€™t quite sunk in.
However, up until Tuesday it hasnâ€™t been a problem as the Lady Cardinals are notorious for scoring an average of seven or more runs in those middle innings. Against Arkansas Baptist, it would not matter though as the Lady Cardinals had no answer for Lady Eagles pitcher Erin Woods, who threw a no-hitter and led Baptist to a 7-0 win at Haskell.
The Arkansas chapter of The Bass Federation held its 2011 youth championship fishing tournament Saturday on Lake DeGray.
Brandon Slaughter, 18, of Bauxite placed fourth in the senior division for 15-18 year olds. He is the son of Denita and Tony Slaughter.
Ron Knight, Arkansas TBF vice president and youth director, described Slaughter as an â€śexcellent fisherman.â€ť
Slaughterâ€™s father said, â€śHe loves to fish.â€ť
â€śHeâ€™s been fishing with me ever since he was about five years old, and heâ€™s been entering tournaments since he was about 12 or 13.â€ť
The Benton Panthers tallied 18 runs on 16 hits to defeat Vilonia 18-10 Monday night at home.
Benton scored nine runs in the second, seven in the fourth and two in the sixth. Vilonia scored a run in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth.
The Benton Panthers scored nine runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 9-1 lead.
Greg Pryor and Garrison Roy hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the inning and after a strikeout, Brooks Balisterri tripled. A home run by Ashton Roberts scored two more runs before Joseph Henry flew out.
As the Masters Tournament came to an end Sunday in Augusta, Ga., I couldnâ€™t help but think of a baseball game I went to years ago.
One Christmas, my family bought me two tickets for a game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
As someone who grew up playing baseball, this was an unbelievable gift, and one I was fortunate enough to enjoy with someone else.
As soon as I saw the tickets, I knew the only person I wanted by my side at that game was my friend Chris, whom Iâ€™ve known since we buddied up on the kindergarten playground.
After defeating El Dorado 14-2 Friday, the Benton Lady Panthers will face Greenbrier, the defending 5A State Champions, today at home if it doesnâ€™t get rained out first.
â€śThey are a very good ball club,â€ť coach Eric Ryan said. â€śWe will be tested today but games like today is what is going to make us better.â€ť
Expected to pitch today is Lauren White, who pitched against Greenbrier last year.
â€śShe had a very good outing against them and has really come along this year,â€ť Ryan said. â€śShe has shown more maturity this year and she has good control of her pitches on the mound.â€ť
For Bryant head softball coach Debbie Clark, junior Jenna Bruick embodies everything she wants in a player â€” and more.
The second baseman is a selfless, tireless worker whose "contribution to our program cannot be measured by stats or words," Clark said.
"Jenna is fearless and does not accept failure as an option."
As one of the "fab five" freshman from the squad two years ago, Bruick, 16, helped lead Bryant to a state championship last year.