BENTON — Sheridan is now synonymous with semifinals in softball.
The Lady Jackets pitched their second straight shutout to begin 6A state tournament play, defeating Jonesboro 9-0 Friday to reach their fourth Final Four in five years. Sheridan will take on Marion at noon today at the Benton Schools Athletic Complex for its first trip to a championship game since winning the one-class fastpitch title in 1999.
Sydney Bonner tossed the latest shutout, scattering seven hits and striking out four in a complete game.
Sheridan (27-1), which hasn’t lost since a season-opening defeat to White Hall, backed up Bonner with 13 hits. Hunter Clark smashed a three-run home run in the fifth inning and had two hits, as did Bonner, Lauren Mitchell (two runs scored and two RBIs), Corbin Talbert and Morgan White.
White Hall 17, LR Christian 0 (3 inn.)
JACKSONVILLE — Abby Weaver and Karia Hall combined to strike out eight batters as the White Hall Lady Bulldogs defeated the Little Rock Christian Warriors 17-0 in three innings on Friday in the first round of the 5A state softball tournament.
White Hall scored 11 runs in the first inning and six runs in the bottom of the second.
The Lady Bulldogs will play Alma in the second round today. The game originally set for 12:30 p.m. will start at 10 a.m.
Also Friday, Sylvan Hills defeated Watson Chapel 1-0.
Fordyce 3, Danville 1
HARRISON — One more victory, and Fordyce will play in a second straight state championship game.
A day after Tommy Tidwell smashed the only hit — a home run — in Fordyce’s 1-0 win over Mayflower, he connected for a triple and scored on a passed ball in the Redbugs’ 3-1 win over Danville on Friday in the 3A state quarterfinals.
Tidwell also pitched the first 4 2/3 innings, getting the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth to back him up for the win. Ross Rogers finished the game and took the save.
Fordyce (19-6) has produced only five hits in two state tournament games, but they’ve been just enough to stay alive.
“We’re proud of the kids,” Redbugs coach Tim Rodgers said. “Our pitchers have been doing a great job. Our defense has been fabulous. We’ve hit when we needed to.”
Braden Chambers, the no-hit hero Thursday night for Fordyce, went 2 for 3 with a triple and RBI, and Quinton Ledbetter had a double and RBI.
Fordyce, batting in the top half, scored in the first, fifth and seventh. Danville scored in the first.