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Wingstop, PBNB eliminated

NASHVILLE, Ark. — A couple of one-run losses eliminated American Legion teams Pine Bluff National Bank and Wingstop from their respective Dixie Baseball state tournaments Sunday.

Smart Dodge escapes jam, wins

WHITE HALL – Daniel Sprinkle pitched a complete game and the Smart Dodge American Legion baseball team escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh as it defeated Sylvan Hills 6-4 Friday night at the White Hall High School baseball field.

Local man places in fishing tournament

RUSSELLVILLE – Josh Hilton of Clarksville weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Arkie Division event on Lake Dardanelle. For his victory, Hilton earned $3,289. "I pre-fished every morning before work for a week for this tournament," said Hilton. "I had to be to work by 8:15 a.m. , so got up and fished from 4:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. making a 20-mile run up the river. I thought I was onto something, and then they dropped the water level by two feet. "I started in the area that I found during practice, but by 11 a.m. I only had five little ones, so I decided to fish my way back down the river. I pulled into an area with half an hour left in the tournament and caught all the fish I weighed in about 10 minutes. They were stacked and ready to eat." According to Hilton, his honey hole was near the Illinois Bayou. It was a ledge where the bass were schooling and chasing baitfish. "I guess all they needed was for the sun to come out to start biting. "It's an area I have never fished before in my life," Hilton went on to say. "I spotted it one morning crossing the bridge. Between my co-angler and I we must have caught about 15 keepers. I was able to cull seven or eight times. It all just happened so fast. It was a good day of fishing." Hilton said that he was fishing with 10-inch worms, football jigs and topwater baits to catch his fish. Rounding out the top 10 pros were: 2 nd : Bradley Lequieu, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 17-15, $1,644 3 rd : Steven Powell, Dardanelle, Ark., five bass, 17-7, $1,097 4 th : Kirk Warren, Russelville, Ark., five bass, 17-5, $767

Four locals picked for National Showcase

Daniel Sprinkle and Percy Arnold of White Hall, and Braylen Jones and Tre Harris of Pine Bluff were selected to the PRO-DAY "North/South/East/West" National Showcase in Millington, Tenn., after their showing this past weekend in PRO-DAY Baseball's John Gross Memorial Tournament and Regional Showcase.

MVP

Antoine Luster II, a player for Cannon Construction of White Hall Junior Babe Ruth Baseball, was recently named most outstanding 15-year-old in the league. He also had the most home runs and most strikeouts in the league, and helped lead his team to the league championship with a 12-2 record. (Special to The Commercial)

Big League Winners

The PBNB softball team won the Big League Division of the Casey Crowder Memorial Softball Tournament, held June 8-9 at Monroe-Ryburn Field. Team members include (not in photo order): Taylor Allen, Kelsey Capps, Morgan Carter, Alyssa Castleberry, Shelby Castleberry, Bria Compton, Katie Howie, Kylyn Kemp, Ya'Keicia Lindsey, Morgan Monk, Lauren Rose, MariBeth VanVeckhoven, Madelyn VanVeckhoven and managers Lonny and Tiffany Doolin. (Special to The Commercial)