After a week of dealing with the effects of tornado damage, Vilonia’s baseball and softball teams returned to the field Friday with a victories at Huntsville.
That wasn’t the most important thing. After the games, the Huntsville student body and community donated $1600 to relief efforts.
Members of the Huntsville High School student body donated their lunch money earlier in the week. When the word spread, members of the community added to the total.
At Fort Smith, the Conway Lady Cats (19-6, 10-2) overpowered Fort Smith Southside in softball Friday.
The Lady Cats had 13 hits.
Morgan Felts and Cheyenne Kuhn both had four RBIs and Mallory Kirkemier was the winning pitcher.
The Lady Cats will host Mount St. Mary on Senior Night on Tuesday. Game starts at 5 p.m.
At Fort Smith, Southside (19-9, 8-4) won for the ninth straight time and tightened the 7A/6A Central baseball race with a 4-3 victory over the Wampus Cats (15-8, 9-3).
The Rebels have won 14 of their last 16 games and halted a six-game winning streak by Conway.
Little Rock Catholic (17-6, 8-3), which plays the Cats Tuesday, is also in contention.
Southside pitcher Easton Stallings worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh, inducing a game-ending double play.
Adam Winter had four hits for Conway, including an RBI double. Cade Jones had a home run.
Also at Fort Smith, Conway’s girls prevailed on penalty kicks for a 3-2 victory Friday over Fort Smith Southside to gain the inside track on the No. 2 seed for the 7A state tournament.
Turner scored the decisive PK and also a goal in regulation. Maya Martin scored the other goal for Conway (6-2).
ST. JOSEPH BASEBALL
In the district semifinals at Bigelow, St. Joseph’s baseball tam (13-4, 10-0) romped to an 11-0 victory over Quitman on Friday.
Britt Stroth and Jacob Lampe combined for a one-hitter and struck out nine.
Stroth was 3 for 3 with three RBIs. Nash Nichols had a double and a triple and three RBIs. Dylan Schrekenhofer had two hit and three RBIs, including a double.