Fordyce advances to regional final


HORATIO — The stellar season that Fordyce is enjoying in high school baseball has led the Redbugs to a regional championship game.

Fordyce defeated 8-3A Conference rival McGehee 15-5 in six innings Saturday in the semifinal of the 3A Region 4 tournament. The conference champion Redbugs will play defending 3A state champion Genoa Central at 2:30 p.m. Monday here in the final.

Cole Johnson smacked a grand slam home run for Fordyce and went 2 for 4. Braden Chambers, who also hit 2 for 4, belted a two-run home run for the Redbugs, and Tommy Tidwell drove in two runs in a 1-for-4 performance.

Ross Rogers struck out eight, walked five and allowed four hits in all six innings for the victory.

McGehee (9-14) will take on Smackover for third place at noon Monday. All semifinalists in each baseball and softball regional tournament advance to the state tournaments.

Dierks 1, Woodlawn 0

DIERKS — A one-run hit after two walks in the bottom of the seventh inning sent Dierks to the championship game of the 2A South Region tournament.

The Outlaws held the Bears (19-9) to one hit, which was lined by J.P. Aiken.

Jacob Richardson took the loss after giving up the winning hit. He struck out two and walked two in 2 1/3 innings. Colton Williams struck out four, walked two and allowed four hits in the first four innings for Woodlawn.

The Bears will take on Junction City at noon Monday for third place.

Arkadelphia 5, Star City 4

ASHDOWN — The Badgers scored three runs in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie, and the Bulldogs could only muster two runs in its half of the inning before dropping this 4A South Region semifinal.

Star City (17-8) had seven hits to Arkadelphia’s five, but committed five errors to Arkadelphia’s two. Austin Powell struck out one and gave up four hits in 5 2/3 innings of work for Star City, but suffered the loss. Blake Wynn allowed a hit the rest of the way.

Zack House and Powell each went 2 for 4 for Star City, which will play Ashdown for third place at noon Monday.

McGehee 2, Horatio 1 (Fri.)

HORATIO — McGehee made it to the 3A Region 4 semifinal round by eliminating host Horatio.

Jared Carter smashed a two-run home run in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. It was McGehee’s only hit.

Horatio scored its run in the sixth inning.

Derek Bates struck out seven and held the Lions to three hits in the victory for the Owls.

SOFTBALL

Stuttgart 5, Jonesboro Westside 1

HEBER SPRINGS — At the 2A East Region tourney, Jaelyn Maddox scattered six hits and struck out six in a complete-game victory, helping the Lady Ricebirds (13-8) qualify for the state playoffs.

Stuttgart had six hits, all from different players. Freshman Brianna Mannis put Stuttgart on the board with a two-run single in the second inning.

Johnna Seeman hit a home run and drove in two runs, Maddox was 1 for 2 with an RBI sacrifice fly, Alli White hit a double, and Anna Coker and Sidney Barron added hits for the Lady Birds.

Stuttgart will play Batesville Southside at noon Monday in the semifinals.

Woodlawn 6, Murfreesboro 2

NORPHLET — At the 2A South Region playoffs, the Lady Bears earned their 20th win of the season to earn a state tournament berth.

Laynie Nelson went 3 for 3 and Rebecca Britt was 2 for 2 with three RBIs to lead Woodlawn (20-7). Lily Henderson struck out four and gave up five hits for the 7-2A East District champion Lady Bears.

BOYS SOCCER

White Hall 5, Hot Springs 2

HOT SPRINGS — Ruben Zamora scored three goals in leading the Bulldogs (10-6-2, 3-4 in 5A-South) to their 10th win of the season.

Zamora scored in the 25th minute on a penalty kick and scored off assists from Jordan Lawson in the 58th and 74th minutes. Lawson fired a 10-yard shot into the net for the opening score to give Will Tietz the assist, and Tyler Maynard converted a penalty kick in the 45th minute.

White Hall will play at De Queen on Monday.

GIRLS SOCCER

White Hall 2, Hot Springs 0

HOT SPRINGS — Maria Ramirez accounted for both goals in the Lady Bulldogs’ 5A-South win over the Lady Trojans.

Ramirez took a cross from Marleigh Pierce and scored in the 19th minute. In the 64th, she passed three defenders for her last goal.