Mason Mitchell shook off a few early jitters and finished strong to lead Rogers High to a 4-1 win over Mountain Home on Saturday in the Best Sports Classic at Veterans Park.
The junior right-hander, making his first varsity start, tossed a complete game four-hitters and allowed just two base runners over the final three innings. He allowed one unearned run, struck out five and walked three.
Rogers coach Matt Melson said Mitchell did the job by changing speeds and keeping the Bombers off-balance.
"His change-up was really effective," Melson said. "His arm speed on that was very good. That's what I … Continue Reading ››
Sophomore Jacob Morris drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lead Rogers Heritage to a 6-5 win over Little Rock Central on Friday in the Best Sports Classic.
Heritage (2-1) scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for the win. With the game tied 5-5, Morris hit a ground ball up the middle and the Central second baseman's throw to the plate was late as the winning run scored.
Trailing 5-4, the War Eagles loaded the bases on two hit batsman and an intentional walk to Noah Guill. Ethan Gates then drew … Continue Reading ››
NOTE: These are the state's best performances in high school outdoor track meets through March 14, based off of meets that were covered or whose results were included on the ar.milesplit.com website.
Coaches who have athletes with performances that should be included in this group should send the athlete's name (all four names if a relay event is involved) with the time or distance and where the performance took place to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports writer Henry Apple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Felix Vargas scored two goals as Springdale opened its season with a 4-0 shutout win at home over Siloam Springs on Tuesday.
Sophomore standout Luis Garcia and junior Tony Cristobal each added goals of their own for the Bulldogs (1-0). Sophomore Ricardo Pozos got the start at goalkeeper as the Bulldogs put together an impressive defensive effort in the win.
Springdale will play next in the NWA Showcase this weekend.
Senior Kim Crown scored a game-high 18 points as Greenland kicked off the defense of its Class 3A state championship with a 57-32 mercy rule win over Melbourne on Tuesday in the first round of the state tournament at Jessieville.
It was the 17th win by at least 20 points this season for the Lady Pirates (25-6).
Crown scored eight in the first quarter and helped create open looks for her teammates. The 6-foot-1 post routinely drew double and triple teams from Melbourne (17-8), which deployed a zone.
“We changed up the offense into a four-high and started getting some looks and then … Continue Reading ››