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The Sideline: St. Joseph baseball, UCA season tickets and Braves Field

Posted: May 14, 2014 - 6:20pm

St. Joseph rallies past CCS

After being down 3-0 after 2 1/2 innings before a lightning delay, St. Joseph’s baseball team stormed from behind to take a 10-3 victory over Conway Christian to win the 2A Region 1 title Tuesday at Bigelow.

The game was suspended Monday after lightening in the area.

The Bulldogs (17-4) rallied for six runs in the fifth to take command a clinch a No. 1 seed in this week’s state tourney. They will play Carlisle at 3 p.m. Friday at Taylor Field in Pine Bluff, one of two sites along with Woodlawn.

Dylan Schrekenhofer (1-1) allowed one hit and struck out four over 4.2 innings in relief of Britt Stroth. He helped his cause with two hits. Owen Echols was 2 for 3 with two RBI. Every other St. Joseph player had at least one hit.

“The boys showed a lot of mental toughness in this tourney,” said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. “We had a lot of delays and reschedules. Bigelow id a good job in hosting with everything they had to deal with. Conway Christian did a good job of putting us on the ropes. We had a lightning delay and my boys came back with a great mindset and got the job done.Conway Christian goes into the tournament as a No. 2 seed and will play Poyen at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn.

UCA begins season ticket sales for football

Season tickets are on sale now for the 2014 University of Central Arkansas football season as the Bears begin a new era under first-year head coach Steve Campbell.

Tickets can be purchased online at ucatickets.com or by calling the UCA Athletics ticket office at 501-852-2234.

The schedule features six home games, including four Southland Conference games (Nicholls State, Houston Baptist, Northwestern State and Lamar) and two regional non-conference foes (UT Martin and Missouri State) coming to First Security Field at Estes Stadium this fall.

Season tickets begin as at $50 for children and seniors, with adult general admission tickets priced at $60 for the year. Reserve seating begins at $95 for Purple Circle members.

A new chairback rental program is in place this season, allowing fans with general admission tickets to rent padded chairback seats for only $30 for the season or $6 per game.

Tickets for the Bears’ opener at Texas Tech will be $35 through the UCA Athletics ticket office and go on sale Aug. 1.

The 2014 season will be the first under new head coach Steve Campbell, a two-time national coach of the year who has a pair of national championships to his credit as a coach in NCAA Division II and the NJCAA, has never had a losing season and has a career winning percentage of .768 (126-38). His last seven teams at Mississippi Gulf Coast went 68-13 (.834) and won six straight division titles.

Braves to play a temporary location

While Braves Field, the baseball facility for special needs players, is being constructed at Curtis Walker Park, the team will begin the season at Farris Field, the University of Central campus facility.

Games will be held each Thursday at 6 p.m. beginning May 22, and will continue through June 26.

There is no cost this first year to participate.

To register, call Randy’s Athletics at 329-3191.

More information can be found on the Facebook page “Braves Field Conway” or by emailing David Grimes at David.Grimes@amcins.com

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