Digest for 05-16-14


LOCAL

Fordyce’s Chambers no-hits Mayflower

HARRISON — Braden Chambers struck out 13 and tossed a no-hitter, leading Fordyce to a 1-0 win over Mayflower on Thursday in the first round of the 3A state baseball playoffs.

Fordyce (18-6) narrowly avoided being no-hit through seven innings itself. Its lone hit was a Tommy Tidwell home run in the third inning.

The Redbugs will face Danville at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Danville defeated Melbourne 3-1.

Sheridan easily blanks Hall in three

BENTON — For every hit, Sheridan scored five runs.

The Lady Yellowjackets scored 14 runs in the second inning alone, and Olivia Reed struck out the last seven of nine batters she faced for a three-inning perfect game Thursday in a 15-0 win over Little Rock Hall in the first round of the 6A state softball playoffs.

For Sheridan, Lauren Mitchell and Hunter Clark each drove in two runs, Corbin Talbert had a double and Taylor Norman hit a three-run triple, part of her four RBIs.

Sheridan will play Jonesboro at 10 a.m. Friday. Jonesboro beat Texarkana 8-4.

Moore sinks ace at Jaycee

Scott Moore shot a hole-in-one on the par-3, 120-yard No. 7 at Jaycee Golf Course.

Moore used a pitching wedge to sink the shot on Saturday.

The ace was witnessed by Greg Detore and Steve Moring.

STATE

UALR edges A-State

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas-Little Rock baseball team held off a late inning rally by Arkansas State to defeat the Red Wolves, 5-2, Thursday night at Gary Hogan Field.

Trailing 4-1 in the top of the eighth inning, A-State (29-24, 17-11 SBC) cut the lead to 4-2 after Matt Burgess singled to plate Austin Baker, who reached and advanced to second base on an error when UALR’s left fielder and shortstop collided in shallow left field. After a pitching change, Joe Schrimpf walked with two outs to put runners on first and second, but pinch-hitter Ty Michelotti struck out to quell the A-State threat.

UALR (24-28, 10-18) added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth after hitting four straight singles to begin the inning, the last two being infield hits to stretch the lead to 5-2. Coulton Lee relieved Colton Kibler with one out and the bases loaded in the inning and retired the first batter he faced on a strikeout and got a fly out to end the Trojans’ threat.

In the top of the ninth, A-State’s Lucas Feddersen lined a single into right center field and Dustin Jones laced a double into right field to put runners on second and third with no outs, but the Trojans turned the ball over to Tanner Rockwell and he retired the next three A-State hitters to record his seventh save and clinch the 5-2 victory for UALR.

Burgess and Feddersen led A-State with two hits each and Burgess drove in both A-State runs. Rockwell had three hits and two RBI’s on a home run to lead the Trojans.

UA men’s golf tied for 4th at regional

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The fourth-seeded Arkansas men’s golf team used a strong finish to its first round at the NCAA Columbia Regional to shoot a team score of one-over 289 to sit in a tie for fourth place at The Club at Old Hawthorne on Thursday.

Keyed by back-to-back birdies by sophomore Taylor Moore — who shot a team-low one-under 71 — to finish the round and two other birdies on the par-5 9th hole, the Razorbacks were able to make a late charge into the coveted top five. The top five teams following the 54-hole regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Hutchinson, Kan., next weekend.

The Razorbacks opened the round on the par-5 10th and closed on the par-5 9th, playing the two holes a combined three-under with five of their 12 birdies on the day. All five players birdied at least one of the two holes.

Top-seeded Oklahoma State fired the low-round of the day with a 16-under 272 to take a nine-stroke lead into Friday. Host and eighth-seeded Missouri occupies second place after a seven-under 281, while second-seeded Virginia is just four strokes clear of the Razorbacks in third.

Arkansas will go off the first tee for Friday’s second round from 8:20-9:00 a.m. on the par 72, 7141-yard course. The Razorbacks will be paired with Arizona State for the second straight day and fellow SEC member LSU.

Franks, Gochenour start well at SEC championships

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Nathanael Franks leads the No. 4 Arkansas track and field team after the first five events of the SEC Championships decathlon, sitting in sixth place with 3,621 points. A second-place finish in shot put with a mark of 41-10-5 put Franks in good position heading into the final two events of the day. Franks made a final push in the last event of the day, finishing third overall in the 400-meter with a time of 49.95.

UA women’s Alex Gochenour is sitting in second place following the first four events of the heptathlon with 3,379 points.

In the first event of the day, the 100-meter hurdles, Gochenour crossed the finish line in 13.83 for a second-place finish to climb the leaderboard early.

A strong performance by both in shot put would put Gochenour and Brown in a comfortable position heading into the final event of the day. A first-attempt throw of 40-4.25 took down Gochenour’s previous personal record of 39-7 set at the Texas Relays earlier this season, but her second throw outdid the first as the sophomore went 40-6.5 for a third-place finish.

NATIONAL

Pacers beat Wiz, set up East finals rematch

Washington — The Eastern Conference finals rematch most anticipated throughout the season has come to fruition.

David West came up big down the stretch and the Indiana Pacers eliminated the Washington Wizards with a 93-80 win in a hard-fought Game 6 at Verizon Center.

The closeout victory vaults the top-seeded Pacers back into another conference finals against the Miami Heat, who won last year’s slugfest in seven grueling games. This time, however, Indiana owns homecourt advantage in a must-see series that opens Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

West scored eight of his game-high 29 points during a late 17-2 run that proved to be the difference for the Pacers, who shot 51.4 percent from the floor and saw all five starters score in double figures.

Lance Stephenson chipped in with 17 points and eight assists, Paul George added 12 points, and Roy Hibbert and George Hill each went for 11.

California Chrome has minor throat irritation

BALTIMORE — Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has been examined and is being treated for what his connections say is a minor throat irritation.

It is not expected to affect his status for Saturday’s 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

The chestnut colt, owned by Steven Coburn and Perry Martin, was examined Thursday morning after he coughed, at which time a small throat blister was discovered. The 3-year-old is being treated with a glycerin throat wash.

California Chrome is the 3-5 morning line favorite for the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. He drew post 3 in the 10-horse field and again will have Victor Espinoza in the saddle.

Hernandez indicted on 2012 double-murder charge

BOSTON — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted for a double murder that occurred in Boston nearly two years ago.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley held a news conference Thursday morning to discuss the indictment handed down by a Grand Jury.

Hernandez is already in jail on charges stemming from the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player from the Boston area who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.

Hernandez and two other men are accused of shooting Lloyd in a North Attleboro, Mass., industrial park. A jogger found Lloyd’s body on June 17, 2013.

Soon after the Lloyd shooting, multiple media outlets, including FOX 25 in Boston, reported that Hernandez was being investigated in connection with a July 2012 double homicide in Boston.

Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed in a drive-by shooting on July 16, 2012.