Conway’s girls advanced as the weather-delayed 7A state softball tournament began Friday at City of Colleges Park.
The Lady Cats, the No. 3 seed from the Central Conference, took a 6-0 lead and were never seriously challenged in a 6-2 victory over Rogers Heritage, the sixth seed from the West.
The Lady Cats will play Van Buren, the second seed from the West, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals. The winner advances to the semifinals Monday afternoon.
Other Faulkner County teams, except for St. Joseph, had rough going in softball, baseball and soccer tournaments.
5A SOCCER AT BURNS PARK IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK
Hot Springs Lakeside, the third seed from the South Conference advanced to the Saturday’s boys semifinals with a 3-0 victory over Greenbrier, the West champion.
Hot Springs High School, the second seed from the South, defeated Vilonia’s boys, the East champion, 5-3.
Pulaski Academy, the girls champion from the Central Conference, eliminated Greenbrier, the No. 2 team fom the East, 3-0.
4A SOCCER AT BURNS PARK
St. Joseph’s girls, the third seed from Region 4A-3, defeated Mena, the second seed from 4A-2, 2-0. The Lady Bulldogs will take on Episcopal Collegiate, the 4A-4 champion, at noon Saturday.
2A SOFTBALL AT MARKED TREE
St. Joseph, the third seed from the West Region, defeated Des Arc, the second seed from 2A East, 7-0. The Lady Bulldogs will take on Region 1 champion Buffalo Island Central at 10 a.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.
1A SOFTBALL AT MOUNTAIN HOME
Scranton, the West Region champion, edged Mount Vernon-Enola, the No. 3 team from Region 3, 7-6, ending the Lady Warhawks’ season in the quarterfinals.
3A BASEBALL AT HARRISON
In a matchup between two of the top three teams in 3A Thursday night, Fordyce ended Mayflower’s baseball season for the second straight year in the state tournament.
The Redbugs took a 1-0 victory over the Eagles, who finished the season 25-5.
Fordyce’s Braden Chambers no-hit the Eagles, struck out 12 and allowed only two baserunners. The Eagles’ Jordan Burns allowed three hits and struck out nine.
Tommy Tidwell’s home run with two outs in the third produced the only run.
The Eagles’ only threat came in the sixth as Michael Post was hit by a pitch with one out. He stole second and moved to third on a fielder’s choice. Chambers ended the inning with a strikeout.
“This was a tough game to lose,” said Mayflower coach Joe Allbritton. “Chambers threw a gem and kept us off balance all night. Burns matched him pitch for pitch and did a great job. We knew this would be one of the toughest matchups in the first round and it‘s a shame either of these teams had to leave after today.
“We played Fordyce in the state semi-finals last year and they beat us in 11 innings. Both teams only lost one starter so we knew it would be similar to last year. I really hate it for my seniors. They have been a great group of kids to coach and be around. They have gone 54-8 over the last two years. That’s some pretty good baseball.”
2A BASEBALL AT PINE BLUFF
St. Joseph, the top seed from the West Region, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-1 victory over Carlisle, a No 4 seed from the East, on Friday.
The Bulldogs will play either Junction City or East Poinsett County at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn High School.
In a night game at Woodlawn, Conway Christian, a No. 2 seed, defeated Poyen, 5-1. The Eagles will play Parkers Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Pine Bluff's Taylor Field.