The Greers Ferry Lake area will be well-represented in the finals of the Arkansas state high school softball championships on Saturday as both Quitman and Rose Bud advanced to state title games.
Quitman (28-5) will face off against Poyen (28-1) at 10 a.m. at Bogle Park on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for the 2A title, while Rose Bud (34-1) will tangle with Genoa Central (17-15) for the 3A crown at 12:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs were the first team to punch their ticket with a 4-2 victory over East Poinsett County at the 2A state tournament on Saturday in Mountain Home. On Monday, it was Rose Bud’s turn as the Ramblers downed Baptist Prep, 6-1, in Harrison.
Quitman will be going for back-to-back state titles after defeating Poyen, 7-4, for the 2A title last season. The two teams have already played each other this season as the Indians got some revenge in the finals of the regional tournament on May 6 at Carlisle with a 3-2 extra-inning victory over the Bulldogs. Quitman advanced at the state tournament with a 4-2 win over Murfreesboro on Thursday and a 2-1 walk-off win over Salem on Friday.
Scotty Starkey’s Rose Bud squad will be making its fourth consecutive title game appearance having won the title in 2017, but falling 4-2 in extra innings last season to Haskell Harmony Grove. Rain on Saturday forced the semifinals of the 3A state tournament to be delayed to Monday after the Ramblers advanced with an 11-0 win over Glen Rose on Thursday. On Friday, Rose Bud banged out 13 hits off Mississippi State signee Kenley Hawk in a 9-4 victory over Palestine-Wheatley.
Concord, which played for a 1A state title last season, came up a game short of returning to the championship game falling to the host Taylor in the semifinals on Sunday.
West Side Greers Ferry reached the semifinals at the 1A state baseball tournament, but also dropped a decision to the host school, Taylor, on Sunday.
In 4A state soccer tournament action at Southside Batesville, both Heber Springs teams lost first-round decisions while Mena, which stayed in a Heber Springs hotel while playing in the same tournament, lost in the semifinals on Saturday.