An overflow crowd helped raise more than $129,000 for tornado relief efforts Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. An announced attendance of 8,014 showed up for an exhibition baseball game between Mayflower and Vilonia at the home of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers. According to KTHV, a total of $129,261 was raised at the game in addition to more than $4,000 donated in gift cards. Attendance to the game was free as fans were encouraged to instead donate to the cities affected most by the April 27 tornado. Fifteen … Continue Reading ››
Jonesboro pitcher Brady Brown threw a no-hitter Tuesday in a 5-0 win over Marion. Brown struck out seven batters in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the second career no-hitter for the senior, who also threw one last season against Mountain Home. Jonesboro later beat Marion 2-1 in the second game of the doubleheader. The Hurricane won the 7A/6A-East championship outright with the sweep and Little Rock Central's doubleheader split with North Little Rock.
Lincoln football coach Brad Harris was named Monday as the defensive coordinator at Class 6A Benton. Harris led Lincoln to its most successful season in program history last fall, posting an 11-2 record as the Wolves advanced to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Booneville. Harris, who also serves as the Lincoln baseball coach, will finish out the baseball season before moving to Benton he said last week. Harris’ son, Drew, will also make the move to Benton. Last fall Drew Harris … Continue Reading ››
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Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.
Fayetteville took advantage of a late breakdown from Springdale Har-Ber. The Bulldogs scored four runs without a hit in the top of the seventh inning and defeated Har-Ber 6-1 on Tuesday in 7A/6A-West Conference play at the Tyson Sports Complex. The loss wasted a fine pitching performance by Brady Patrick, a sophomore left-hander who pitched into the seventh inning. Andy Pagnozzi struck out 13 to improve to 7-0 on the season for Fayetteville. “Andy struggled early a little bit with his control,” Fayetteville coach Van Arnold said. “He started throwing his curve ball and even when he missed, he came back with it. … Continue Reading ››
Junior Kacey Murphy tossed a one-hitter and struck out 18 to lead Rogers Heritage to a 7-0 win over Siloam Springs in the first game of a 7A/6A-West Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday night. The left-hander allowed only a leadoff single in the fourth inning and one walk in the game to improve to 4-1. He also went 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Colton Wetzler and Logan Easley also added two hits and two RBIs apiece for Heritage. The War Eagles (13-4, 6-2 7A/6A-West) completed the sweep with a 17-1 win in the nightcap. Wetzler (4-1) pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win … Continue Reading ››
Strong pitching performances from Taylor Anders and Brad Eversole led Van Buren to 8-1 and 5-0 home wins for a sweep of Springdale High in a 7A/6A-West Conference doubleheader Tuesday. The Bulldogs (6-14, 1-7) scored their only run of the night thanks to two Van Buren errors in the top of the fifth inning. Anders struck out seven and only allowed four hits and one walk in the complete game win. Eversole had an RBI double in the first game, then struck out 15 while giving up just three hits and walking three on the mound in the second game as Van … Continue Reading ››