As baseball tournament action wraps up for the state’s high schools and revs up for the college, here’s a fresh serving of "David’s Appetizers," assorted musings from the sports scene:
ST. JOSEPH CHAMPIONSHIP
The Bulldogs run-ruling Dierks in the 2A state championship baseball game was certainly impressive, particularly since St. Joseph roughed up two Dierks pitchers who had been dominating in conference and regional play.
St. Joseph lost four games all season. Three of them were to Faulkner County teams. Two of them were to Mayflower, which for a break or two could have played for the 3A championship. The Bulldogs and the Eagles played three games decided by a total of four runs. The competition made each team better and coaches and players from each team were rooting for each other in the state tournaments.
Conway Christian, the second-place team, handed the Bulldogs their only conference defeat.
FROM THE PACK
Harding Academy won the Class 3A state baseball title. The Wildcats were the No. 4 seed in the region.
The University of Texas finished last in the Big 12 baseball race this season.
The last time the Longhorns finished last in a conference in baseball, in either the Southwest Conference or Big 12?
BEARS DON’T BLOSSOM IN MAY
After a promising start to the baseball season, the University of Central Arkansas has faded mightily in May. losing three straight Southland Conference series, including a sweep this weekend by regular-season champion Sam Houston State.
The Bears enter the SLC tournament this week as the seventh seed.
A month ago, UCA, with a good RPI and some non-conference success against some major conference teams, was speculated to be a possible at-large candidate for an NCAA regional.
To gain the NCAA playoffs, UCA will have to win the tournament and gain the automatic berth.
And the Bears are entering the tournament with no momentum.
But it is a fresh start — for everybody in a balanced conference — other than Sam Houston State, which has clearly separated itself from the pack.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)