Heber Springs blanks Pangburn in nonconference play, host Newport today

Heber Springs sophomore Corbin Jones delivers a first-inning pitch against Pangburn. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO


Heber Springs hopes a return to the Heber Springs Sports Complex leads to more success on the field.

The Panthers (2-4) began the season by shutting out Pangburn at home and won one of four games against at the Sheridan  Tournament.

Heber Springs started the tournament with losses to 6A Sheridan and 5A Searcy before the 6-0 shutout against Pangburn at home last Thursday. The Panthers lost to 6A Little Rock Catholic last Friday before a 14-9 win against Malvern in the tournament finale on Saturday.

On Monday, Heber Springs fell to Beebe 11-4. The Panthers are scheduled to host Newport at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Batesville at 5 p.m. Friday.

“We played two tough games to start the season,” Heber Springs coach Ryan Bridges said. “We played them close, but unable to finish it at the end of the games. Against Pangburn, we got out on them early in the game. Pangburn was a good team and played at last year’s state tournament.”

Corbin Jones struck out three and allowed two hits in five innings. Ty West pitched the sixth and Xander Lindley relieved West in the seventh.

“Corbin did a good job and answered back from his first start,” Bridges said. “He threw 38 pitches through four innings and finished with 66 pitches. He got in a jam during the fifth inning, but got out of it. The other guys stepped up and finished the game. Ty pitched well and used his split-finger pitch and a change-up. Xander pitched his first game and did well, too.”

John McBroome led the Heber Springs offense with two singles. Liam Buffalo had two RBIs and Zane Lozeau had an RBI.

“We finally took advantage of opportunities with runners in scoring position,” Bridges said.

Pangburn          000 000 0–0 3 2
Heber Springs 010 230 x–6 4 1
Pangburn hitters: Braxton Butler single; Cole Ramsey single; Stephen Toumajan single.
Heber Springs hitters: John McBroom 2 singles; Liam Buffalo single, 2 RBIs; Kenan Sneed single; Zane Lozeau 1 RBI.
Pangburn pitchers: Braxton Butler 1 hit, 1 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout in 1.1 inning; Trevor Evans 1 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 1 strikeout in 2 innings; Xander Kane 2 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts in 1 inning; Rhett Tharp 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk in 1.2 inning.
Heber Springs pitchers: Corbin Jones 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts in 5 innings; Ty West 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 strikeouts in 1 inning; Xander Lindley 1 hits, 0 runs in 1 inning.

Panthers hold off Tigers in junior boys play

Pangburn’s Corbin Wilson and Heber Springs’ Liam Buffalo battle for position for a rebound in action at the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

HEBER SPRINGS – Liam Buffalo finished with 16 points while Jude Herring chipped in with 13 as Heber Springs defeated Pangburn, 45-33, in junior boys action at the Panther Den.

Heber Springs led 15-9 at the half and 33-18 at the end of the third quarter. The Panthers increased their advantage to 17 points in the fourth quarter before the Tigers made a run to get the game back into single digits and forcing coach Jordan Riley to put his starters back into the contest to finish the game.

Pangburn’s Cade Rolland led all scorers with 22 points.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (45): Liam Buffalo 16, Seth Dudeck 3, Weston Warden 4, Jacob Harrod 2, Ty West 3, Jude Herring 13

PANGBURN SCORING (33): Cade Rolland 22, Wesley Waire 7, Sklar Stanley 2, Jace Brownfield 1, Xander Kane 2.

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(For past write-up click on game)
Nov. 11   Heber Springs 40, Mount Vernon-Enola 35
Nov. 18   Bald Knob 41, Heber Springs 33
Nov. 22   Heber Springs 45, Guy-Perkins 8
Nov. 23   Heber Springs 65, Shirley 35
Nov. 30   Southside Batesville 31, Heber Springs 29
Dec. 01   Heber Springs 45, Pangburn 33
Dec. 06   at Cedar Ridge
Dec. 09   at Rose Bud
Dec. 10   Subiaco Academy *
Dec. 17   at Ozark *
Dec. 20   at Lonoke
Dec. 21   at Des Arc
Jan. 06   at South Side Bee Branch
Jan. 07   at Dardanelle *
Jan. 13   White County Central
Jan. 14   Pottsville *
Jan. 21   Ozark *
Jan. 24   at Mayflower
Jan. 27   Bradford
Jan. 28   at Subiaco Academy *
Feb. 01   Dardanelle *
Feb. 03   at Pottsville *
Feb. 05   District Tournament at Dardanelle
(* - Denotes conference contest)