CONWAY — Jacob Richardson of Woodlawn will not have any problem adjusting to his new home next spring after tallying a pair of RBIs in Tuesday’s All-Star baseball game at Bear Stadium at Central Arkansas.
“I am excited about that,” Richardson said. “It is going to be an awesome opportunity.
“Tonight was a fun night of baseball.”
Richardson, who signed with UCA, finished Game 2 of the doubleheader 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a stolen base. He walked and scored a run in the first game.
“It was fun,” Richardson said. “Anytime you can represent your town like that.
“It was a good experience and I met a lot of new guys and we kind of form a little team here.”
The East defeated the West 5-4 in the first game but a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh was not enough to overcome a four-run deficit in the second game as the West held on to win 7-6.
Richardson said despite having only a day and a half to prepare, he felt like he really bonded with his team.
“It helps a lot having guys that all share the love of the game,” Richardson said.
In the top of the third of the second game, Kyle Duncan of the West hit a two-run home run off of Fordyce’s Braden Chambers to break a 2-2 tie.
“I just left it up in the zone too much,” Chambers said. “And he made me pay for it. I learned not to do that in high school.
“Mistakes happen though.”
Chambers pitch two innings in the second game and allowed two runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Chambers had two official bats between the two games and had a walk.
“It is real crazy,” Chambers said. It is fun to come up here and play with a group of guys I know.
“It’s a real good time.”
Chambers, who is signed to pitch with Arkansas-Monticello, said he could not be more thankful for his coaches at Fordyce.
“My coaches helped me a lot,” Chambers said. “A lot more than I could ever thank them for.
“They pushed me and helped me and it really paid off.”
The East scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh thanks in large part to a two-run single by Jordan Burns. A groundout by Landon McFadden got the game within one run, but it was Chambers’ groundout that ended the game.
“The best guys in the East side of the state,” Richardson said. “They are all going to do well, every one of them.
“A lot of them are going to play at the next level. It was honor to get to play with them.”
In the second game, the West also scored two runs in the first inning, two in the third, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.
The East scored two in the first, one in the third and three in the seventh.
“Tonight meant a lot to me,” Watson Chapel catcher Landen Colson — who played for the West on Tuesday — said. “I got to know my roommate (Kory Thompson) real well. It was quite enjoyable. There were great pitchers out there.”
Colson was 1 for 1 in the second game with a walk. In the first game he smoked a single toward third that bounced off Richardson’s glove.
Colson will play for Arkansas Tech in the fall.
“Getting to play college baseball is basically the greatest thing that could happen to me,” Colson said.