Malvern sours Star City’s start to Spring Break


STAR CITY — The first day of the Los Toritos Spring Break Tournament didn’t go the way Star City had hoped.

The tournament host lost 11-6 to Malvern in its first-round game Friday. That dropped Star City into the consolation bracket, where it will face Woodlawn at 10 a.m. today.

Zach House pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs and seven total runs on eight hits for Star City. He struck out six and allowed three walks.

Jackson Haynes and Todd Brown each had two hits for Star City.

Malvern will play Hamburg in the first semifinal game at 4 p.m. today. That will be followed by the Junction City/Warren winner vs. the Fordyce/Monticello winner at 7 p.m.

The losers of the two late Friday games will play at 1 today.

Hamburg 9,

Woodlawn 5 (8 inn.)

STAR CITY — Hamburg scored four runs on six walks and no hits in the eighth inning, going on to defeat Woodlawn in the opening round of the Los Toritos Spring Break Tournament.

Woodlawn (6-4) scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-3 lead. Hamburg scored a run in the sixth to even the score at 5.

For Woodlawn, Brett Boyd was 2 for 3 with three RBI, Caleb Holleman was 2 for 3 and Jacob Richardson hit a solo home run.

Woodlawn will play Star City at 10 a.m. today.

Southwest Christian 7, Ridgway Christian 1

At Seabrook Family Christian Center, Southwest Christian erased a 1-0 lead with a run in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Cody Cheatwood went 1 for 3 and had the only hit for Ridgway (3-1, 2-1 AACS South Region). Two of Southwest’s runs were earned.

Stuttgart 8, DeWitt 2

STUTTGART — The Stuttgart Ricebirds scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as they defeated the DeWitt Dragons 8-2 Friday night.

Hunter Harris is credited with the win after allowing two runs (both earned) on eight hits in six innings of work. He also struck out eight batters and walked one.

Jon Curtis was 3 for 3 at the plate and Taylor Daniels was 2 for 2 with a run and three RBIs. Dontrell Brown was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI. Hunter Harris was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

Geere Elam pitched an inning of relief, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts.

Stuttgart also scored three runs in the bottom of the third. DeWitt scored a run in the third and a run in the fifth.

SOFTBALL

Pine Bluff 31, Dollarway 2

At Hill-Alford Field, Pine Bluff (4-1) outhit Dollarway 20-3 and scored 12 runs in the first inning on its way to victory.

Amber McDonald, Jada Taylor and Cessiley Johnson each went 3 for 3 for Pine Bluff. Taylor hit a home run, triple and single, and McDonald and Johnson tripled.

Also for Pine Bluff, Sierra Soto went 2 for 3, Akiva Moss hit an RBI double and Shelisa Harris had a double.

Johnson struck out 13 to improve her pitching record to 2-1.

Sheridan 7, El Dorado 2

EL DORADO — The Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets defeated the El Dorado Wildcats 7-2 Friday night.

Sheridan scored two runs in the first, two in the third, one in the fifth and two in the seventh. El Dorado scored its two runs in the fifth.

For Sheridan (7-1, 2-0 7A/6A-South), Allyson Stipes 3 for 3 and Morgan White was 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Morgan Cotton was 1 for 4 with two RBIs and Hunter Clark was 1 for 3 with two runs scored.

Olivia Reed earned the win after allowing three hits, one walk and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Sydney Bonner was credited with the save. Bonner allowed just two hits with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

Sheridan will host Benton on March 26 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Ridgway Christian 15, Southwest Chr. 0 (3 inn.)

At Seabrook, Lauren Rose and Crystal McVay combined for a no-hit shutout victory in three innings.

Paige Topping went 1 for 2 with an inside-the-park home run, and Beth Ann Rogers was 2 for 3 for Ridgway (5-0, 2-0 in AACS South Region).

Ridgway Christian 10,

Life Way Christian 3 (Thu.)

At Seabrook, Ridgway opened region play with a 10-3 win over Life Way Christian.

Taylor Owen was 2 for 4, and Madison Heflin and Lauren Rose each hit 2 for 3 for Ridgway. Rose struck out eight, walked one and allowed five hits in a complete-game victory.