Bulldogs start 5A-South play on top


DE QUEEN — Turner Sparks launched a three-run home run in the fifth inning, highlighting White Hall’s 11-5 victory over De Queen on Tuesday in the 5A-South Conference baseball opener for both teams.

Jake Green, Jase Wilson and Caleb Carr each had two hits for the Bulldogs (5-1, 1-0), who totaled 10 on the day. Cade Canada earned the win after holding the Leopards to three runs on three hits and striking out one in the first three innings.

Antoine Luster held De Queen scoreless and struck out four the next three innings.

Sheridan 8, Lake Hamilton 4

PEARCY — The Yellowjackets (7-2, 1-0 in 7A/6A-South) pulled off their seventh straight win behind Tadd Daggett’s 3-for-3 batting and Hunter Strong’s three RBIs.

Tyler Raney hit two RBI doubles, while Tyler McKinzie and Lathan Wylie also lined one-run singles. On the mound, Raney struck out seven and gave up eight hits and two walks in five innings to take the win. Tyler Allen pitched a perfect sixth and got out of a bases-loaded jam to close the door on the Wolves (0-1 in 7A/6A-South).

SOFTBALL

Watson Chapel 8, Hope 4

At Watson Chapel, Natalie Johnson and Sydney Crossett both went 2 for 3 with a double, and the Lady Wildcats (4-3, 1-0) opened 5A-South play with a win.

Lexie Downing struck out four and allowed four hits in the first four innings for the win. Maegan Greer fanned six and gave up Hope’s other four hits.

White Hall 12, De Queen 3

DE QUEEN — White Hall (5-2, 1-0 in 5A-South) began its conference season with a big victory over De Queen. No further statistics were available.

Sheridan 19, Lake Hamilton 0 (4 inn.)

PEARCY — Sydney Bonner struck out five and allowed only two hits in three innings in the circle, but that wasn’t all she did in leading Sheridan (5-1, 1-0 in 7A/6A-South) to the shutout.

Bonner also went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Hunter Clark (two hits) and Shelby Metzger each drove in two runs as well and Charlie Manes also had an RBI.

BOYS SOCCER

Texarkana 3, Pine Bluff 1

At Jordan Stadium, Jairo Ledesma scored the Zebras’ only goal in a 7A/6A-South loss to the Razorbacks (1-1 in conference).

Pine Bluff (3-3, 0-1) took about 15 shots on goal, but struggled to score. Coach Richard Nekoranik named Kedrick Lasley the Zebras’ player of the game.