White Hall-Christian pushed back to today


JONESBORO — Rain put a damper on 5A state baseball playoff action at Nettleton High School on Friday.

The entire schedule for Friday was moved to today, meaning that White Hall’s quarterfinal game against Little Rock Christian will be played at 2:30 p.m. at Nettleton. White Hall, the defending state champion, is coming off a 6-0 win over Beebe on Thursday.

Little Rock Christian, the 5A-Central champion, defeated Greenbrier 9-1 on Thursday.

Today’s quarterfinal winners are tentatively scheduled to play Monday for a trip to the championship game at the University of Arkansas’ Baum Stadium on May 18. White Hall or Little Rock Christian would play Harrison or Hot Springs Lakeside at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Remaining in the top half of the bracket are Greene County Tech vs. Vilonia and Wynne vs. Pulaski Academy. Wynne upset 5A-South champion Watson Chapel 11-6 on Thursday.

Stuttgart 12, Star City 2

HARRISON — The Ricebirds (16-8) cruised past the Bulldogs, winning 12-2 on Friday and advancing to the semifinals of the 4A state tournament.

Jon Curtis earned the win, pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing just three hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Starter Hunter Harris pitched 2 1/3 but allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Harris was also 3 for 4 at the plate with a run and two RBIs. Jacob Clawson was 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs. Carter Ward was 2 for 2 with two runs and one RBI.

Geere Elam was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Stuttgart scored five runs in the fifth, three in the sixth, three in the third and one in the first. Star City (18-10) scored its two runs in the second inning.

For Star City, Max Ross was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Tye Brown was 2 for 2 with a run scored. Blake Wynn was 2 for 4. Austin Capps pitched four innings and allowed six runs (six earned) on seven hits with four walks and one strikeout.

Stuttgart will play Prairie Grove today at noon at Jack Williams Field in Harrison.

Fordyce 6, Episcopal Collegiate 0

SEARCY — Senior Cole Johnson pitched a complete game and Fordyce (25-2) advanced to the semifinals of the 3A state tournament with a 6-0 win over Episcopal Collegiate.

Johnson allowed just three hits with 10 strikeouts. Ross Rodgers was 3 for 3 with two RBIs and Braden Chambers was 2 for 3. Fordyce scored a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Fordyce will face Mayflower today at 2:30 p.m. at Harding University.

SOFTBALL

White Hall 9, Alma 0

HOPE — After completing a first-round game Friday morning to win by two runs, White Hall (22-5) returned to action later in the day and had a much more dominating quarterfinal against Alma.

The Lady Bulldogs gathered 13 hits, two of which were home runs by Abby Weaver, and Sydnee Clark struck out eight and walked run in a complete-game win. At noon today, White Hall will face Vilonia in a rematch of last year’s state championship game, won by White Hall.

Clark also belted a home run against Alma and finished 3 for 4. Weaver, Lauren Graves and Lindsey Williams were 2 for 4 each (Williams had a double), and Madison Martin was 1 for 2 with a double.

Clark gave up only three hits in the circle.

White Hall 5, Greene County Tech 3

HOPE — The game resumed from the fourth inning, when White Hall scored four of its runs.

Clark gave up eight hits while going the distance, but also struck six and walked one. White Hall totaled seven hits, and each team committed two errors.

For White Hall, Rachel Box went 2 for 3, and Weaver, Graves, Clark, Williams and Martin each added a hit.

Sheridan 8, Texarkana 0

RUSSELLVILLE — Sheridan’s Olivia Reed allowed just three hits in seven innings while striking out seven as the Lady Yellowjackets defeated the Razorbacks 8-0 to advance to the 6A semifinals for the third time in four years.

Taylor Norman led Sheridan (26-2) at the plate, finishing the day 4 for 4 with three stolen bases, a run scored and one RBI. Morgan White was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and two runs scored.

Allison Stipes was 2 for 4 with a RBI and a run. Hunter Clark was 1 for 3 with a RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Madison Crosby was 1 for 2 with a walk while Morgan Cotton was 1 for 3 with a RBI, a run and a walk.

Sheridan will play the winner of Lake Hamilton vs. Russellville today at 2:30 p.m. at Hickey Park in Russellville.

Magnet Cove 3, Woodlawn 1

NORPHLET — Erin Pankey struck out 13 and held Woodlawn (22-9) to two hits in the quarterfinal round of the 2A state tournament.

The game underwent a 3-hour weather delay in the second inning. Magnet Cove scored a run on two walks and two hit batsmen before the delay and scored another run on a hit afterward. Its final run came in the fifth.

Woodlawn scored on a walk in the fourth, but left bases loaded that inning.

Hannah Gavin and Laynie Nelson had the only hits for Woodlawn. Lily Henderson struck out six and allowed four hits in the loss.

Woodlawn 11, Conway St. Joseph 0, 5 inn.

NORPHLET — The Lady Bears finished up their first-round game that started Thursday and blanked St. Joseph.

Henderson and Madisyn Stewart combined to allow one hit. Henderson struck out three in four innings for the win.

At the plate, Stewart went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Callie Donaldson was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Rebecca Britt, Megan Howard and Gavin each drove in a run, and Amber Helms and Jordan Wylie each had a hit.