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Harmony Grove loses to Episcopal 15-13

April 2, 2011

The Cardinals fought hard Friday, but it wasn’t enough as Episcopal won 15-13.

The game, which was scheduled to be played in Little Rock, was instead played at Harmony Grove. The loss gives the Cardinals an 0-2 record in 3A-5 Conference playa after losing to Glen Rose earlier this week.

Still, Harmony Grove head coach Brandon Kelly was proud of the way his team played.

“Overall, we played a complete game. We just flat out got beat tonight,” he said. “We weren’t beating ourselves. We got runs and good, solid hits.

Sheridan knocks off Panthers

April 2, 2011

The Sheridan Yellowjackets defeated the Benton Panthers 7-6 Friday night after Sheridan scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning with bases loaded to win the game.

Benton catcher Stuart Levy attempted to block the pitch but it bounced and went behind and Billy Wicker was able to slide in safely before Levy could make the tag.

“It was a disappointing night,” Benton coach Mark Balisterri said. “Every error we made, it cost us. The second inning is what killed us. We had two big errors which allowed them to score four runs.
“That’s the inning that hurt us.”

Beavers run-rule Cutter Morning Star 19-6

April 1, 2011

The Glen Rose “brought the sticks” Friday against Cutter Morning Star, winning 19-6 at home.

The Beavers (8-4, 2-0 3A-5) jumped out to an early lead, which eventually proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome, and the game was called after five innings.

Head coach Chase Meyers said, “I was happy with the way we hit the ball, and we ran the bases well, aggressively.

“Also, we made some nice plays in the field. We had one error or two, but all in all not bad.”

LeVart, Benton defeats Sheridan

April 1, 2011

BENTON — Leading the game 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Benton’s Bailey LeVart hit a three-run home run to give the Lady Panthers a four-run cushion as Benton ended up defeating Sheridan 6-3 Friday night at home.

“We have had several girls swinging a hot stick,” Benton coach Eric Ryan said. “It started back in Shreveport, and everybody got a good look at live pitching. Ever since then they have been real hot.
“That [home run] right there just shows you when somebody gets confident in what they can do, good things will happen.”

Lady Hornets crush Pointers

April 1, 2011

Sometimes you can’t buy a goal; other times they fall out of the sky.

Goals fell out of the sky as the Bryant Lady Hornets, led by Tarra Hendricks’ hat trick, easily defeated the Van Buren Lady Pointers 7-0 in conference soccer action Thursday at Hornet Stadium.

“I’m never going to complain about a shutout,” head coach Julie Long said. “Our defense always does a good job. Lindsay Brazil always does a good job on defense.”

Vance, Poland earn all-state; Panthers name five to all-conference

April 1, 2011

Eddie Poland and Luke Vance were named to the 6A All-State Team after the Benton Panthers finished the season as co-champions of the 6A South for the first time since 1989.

Poland, a three-year letterman, finished the season averaging nine points and three steals per game.

“He finished the season strong for us and was probably our best defender,” Benton coach Chris Nail said.

Nail said Poland will be visiting North Central Community College in Missouri, which is the same one former Panther Brandon Jones attended a couple of years ago.

Last-inning hit lifts Bauxite over Jessieville

March 31, 2011

The Miners got some sweet revenge Tuesday, and did it in true dramatic fashion.

Bauxite beat former conference foe Jessieville 16-15 on two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning by sophomore Chris Revas.

The Miners (9-5, 1-0), the defending 3A State Champions who have since moved up to 4A, lost twice to Jessieville last year. Bauxite only lost five games on their way to capturing the title.

Bauxite head coach Michael Mattox said, “Next to the state championship game, that was probably the best game I’ve ever coached.

Sheridan defeats El Dorado, faces Dumas tonight

March 31, 2011

Although the Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets trailed for most of the game, they were able to rally in the fifth inning to take a one-run lead and eventually defeat El Dorado 6-3 Tuesday night.

Sheridan scored a run in the third, three in the fifth and two in the seventh while El Dorado scored a run in the first, a run in the second and a run in the third.

Sheridan’s two runs in the seventh inning gave the Lady ‘Jackets a three-run lead.

Glen Rose sweeps Harmony Grove

March 30, 2011

Glen Rose and Harmony Grove battled the weather and each other Tuesday in the opening of conference play.

In the end, the Beavers came out on top 10-4, and the Lady Beavers won 15-13.

Glen Rose softball head coach Kyle Lem said, “We had two opportunities to end the game on a run rule and didn’t, and, of course, they came back as always.”

Lem said the game was a “hard fought slugfest, just like it is every time. There’s just something between our two porgrams I guess.”

Harmony Grove softball head coach Sammi Massey was reached for comment, but did not respond by press time.

Benton defeats Texarkana in conference play

March 30, 2011

BENTON — After spending the weekend in Shreveport, La. where the weather was in the mid 90s and sunny, the Benton Lady Panthers were a little “shell-shocked” Tuesday when they had to play in the rain and the mid 50-degree temperatures at the Benton Panther Softball Complex.

Although it took some time for their bats to warm up, the Lady Panthers defeated Texarkana 6-0 thanks in part to a three-run inning in the fifth.

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