The awards continue to roll in for White Hall senior Sydnee Clark as she is named the Southeast Arkansas Pitcher of the Year a second straight year for her performance this season and leading the Lady Bulldogs to a second state championship.
Clark, who was named the 5A state championship MVP, pitched a complete game against Greenbrier as White Hall won 1-0 at Bogle Park at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
“It means a lot to get that honor,” Clark said. “I’m proud of being part of this team. To have them back me the way they do and always be there, it is really nice.”
White Hall’s only run in the title game was thanks to a pop up over the first baseman head. It would be more enough though as Clark out-duel Greenbrier’s Aundrea Hardin.
Clark said the state championship or beating Sheridan last season stand out as some of her favorite moments as a Lady Bulldog.
“This year it was a lot more intense and close,” Clark said. “But it was also a lot of fun.”
Clark allowed just one hit over seven innings and struck out four.
Playing against Sheridan is always a tough game, so Clark said defeating them was a big deal.
“We have a hard time with Sheridan, so start off with a win against them, it was a really big confidence booster,” Clark said.
White Hall head coach Terri Smith said defeating Benton earlier this season was one of our her favorite memories of this season.
“It was great to beat them too because we usually get run-ruled by them,” Clark said. “Finally we got them.”
Clark pitched 147 1/3 innings for White Hall and had an ERA of 0.90. She struck out 158 and walked 29 with a record of 19-4 and seven shutouts.
Clark is also on the Tulsa Eagles Gold, a traveling softball team based out of Oklahoma and her manager said picking Clark as pitcher of the year was a good choice.
“Sydnee is one of the hardest working players we have ever had in our organization,” Tommy Rogers said.
Rogers compared Clark to Tulsa native Hillary Bach, who is now a senior pitcher at Arizona State University.
“We know [Clark] is going to work hard,” Rogers said. “When she comes in, she is the most positive person, but when she is playing it is a total different demeanor.
“Everyone looks up to Sydnee.”
Clark was offered scholarships to Williams Baptist and Arkansas-Monticello, but ultimately chose Arkansas Tech in Russellville because of the sense of home she felt while visiting the school.
“It was just more of a fit,” Clark said. “It wasn’t as big as some of the schools, but it wasn’t too small either.
“The coaches made me feel like I was right at home.”
Rogers said one of the things that separate Clark from some of the others is “her understanding of the role she plays.”
“You just dream about having kids like that,” Rogers said. “She understands her role and what she’s doing. She has pitched in all our big games.
“She is a great person to work with.”
Clark is anxious about starting her college career.
“I’m looking forward to see how it is to play at a different level with different girls,” Clark said.