After starting off conference play with back-to-back losses, Heber Springs has won four-in-a-row and suddenly finds themselves back in the thick of the 4A-4 race.

The Panthers, winners of five-in-a-row overall, are a game behind overall, and two in the loss column, to Pottsville in the 4A-4.

Heber Springs hosts Clarksville (4-3, 3-2) today at 4 p.m. at the Heber Springs Sports Complex.

On Monday, Nick Cheney and Connor Bise combined on a one-hitter in shutting out Dover (3-3, 1-3), 4-0. Tuesday, the Panthers turned around and took an 11-5 victory at Dardanelle (1-2, 1-2).

Against Dover, Heber Springs plated three runs in the first. Back-to-back singles by Alec Kelley and Hunter Kent and then a walk to Cheney loaded the bases for the Panthers. After a fielder’s choice by Fate Berry forced Kelley at the plate, Bise drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before a single by Garret Hudspeth plated two more.

Heber Springs added another run in the second after Kelley reached on a one-out single and would later score on single by Chaney.

The Panthers had seven hits on the night, but only one after the after the second inning, a fifth-inning single by Chaney.

But Heber Springs would need anymore runs as Chaney struck out eight working into the sixth before giving way to Bise, who picked up a pair of strike-outs in earning the save.

Kelley was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Panthers, while Chaney was 2-for-2.

On March 7, Heber Springs traveled to Lamar Porter Field in Little Rock and handed Episcopal Collegiate a 17-5 setback in non-conference play.

The Wildcats plated four in the first to take an early lead but Heber Springs scored three in the first, four in the second, four in the third, a run in the fifth and five more in the sixth.

The one- through four-hitters in the line-up for the Panthers combined to score 12 of the 17 runs. Bise led the way with four, Kelley and Chaney each scored three times as did nine-hole hitter Matthew Cook.

Heber Springs banged out eight hits in the win, led by Chaney’s 3-for-4 performance at the plate with three doubles.

SOFTBALL

The Heber Springs softball team is still searching for it’s first win in 4A-4 conference play.

The Panthers dropped a 10-1 decision to Dover on Monday at the Heber Springs Sports Complex, and were handed a 10-2 setback on the road at Dardanelle on Tuesday.

Against Dover on Monday, Heber Springs (3-6, 0-4 in the 4A-4) got behind early as Dover (4-4, 2-2) used two hit batters to score two runs in the top of the first.

The Panthers battled back to get within a run in the bottom of the second as Emeli Bish walked and scored to make it 2-1.

The score would remain that way until the fifth when Dover would plate two runs. The Pirates would added two more in the sixth and four in the seventh to pull away from Heber Springs.

Brooklyn Barnes took the loss on the mound for the Panthers. The freshman hurler struck out 12 but scattered 9 walks, 8 hits and four hit batsman over seven innings.

As team, Heber Springs managed five hits but only two hits over the final four innings. Abbi McBroome paced the Panthers at the plate by going 2-for-4.

Heber Springs returns to action at 4 p.m. today at the Heber Springs Sports Complex. The Panthers will face Clarksville (1-5, 1-2).

SPRING SPORTS RESULTS/SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Monday, March 11

Heber Springs 4, Dover 0

Mount Vernon-Enola 8, West Side 7

Pangburn 10, Nemo Vista 0

Pangburn 14, Nemo Vista 1

South Side Bee Branch 14, Quitman 0

South Side Bee Branch 12, Quitman 2

Tuesday, March 12

Heber Springs 11, Dardanelle 5

Rose Bud 11, Clinton 5

Rose Bud 3, Clinton 2

Thursday, March 14

Pangburn at White County tourney

Quitman vs. Palestine-Wheatley

West Side at Viola

Wonderview at Concord

Friday, March 15

Clarksville at Heber Springs

Junction City at Pangburn

Rose Bud vs. Tuckerman

Saturday, March 16

Pangburn at White County tourney

Monday, March 18

Palestine-Wheatley at Pangburn

Rose Bud at Woodlawn

Rose Bud vs. Mountain Pine

Tuesday, March 19

SOCCER

Monday, March 11

Heber Springs boys 4, Southside Batesville 0

Heber Springs girls 8, Southside Batesville 1

Thursday, March 14

Heber Springs (boys, girls) at Riverview

SOFTBALL

March 11

Concord 18, South Side Bee Branch 11

Dover 10, Heber Springs 1

Pangburn 5, Nemo Vista 3

Pangburn 13, Nemo Vista 2

Pottsville 3, Quitman 2

Rose Bud 20, Marshall 2

Mount Vernon-Enola 12, West Side 1

Tuesday, March 12

Dardanelle 10, Heber Springs 2

Quitman 19, South Side Bee Branch 13

Quitman 20, South Side Bee Branch 7

Rose Bud 11, Clinton 0

Thursday, March 14

Green Forest at Rose Bud

Brinkley at Pangburn (DH)

West Side at Viola

Wonderview at Concord

Friday, March 15

Clarksville at Heber Springs

Rose Bud at Harrison Tournament

Saturday, March 16

Rose Bud at Harrison Tournament

Quitman at D-Mac Tournament

(Coaches: Please send your results - scorebook pictures for both teams, schedule corrections to philipseaton1970@gmail.com)