State tournament notebook: Carr family captures dynasty


FAYETTEVILLE — The Carr family might need to clear off some space on the trophy shelf after Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Pulaski Academy at Baum Stadium.

By capturing the 2014 5A state championship, it completes a trifecta for the household with each Carr having won at least one title.

Head coach Skip Carr won a state title in 1980 while at White Hall, his oldest son, Tyler, won a state title in 2012 and now Caleb — a sophomore — has captured a title of his own.

“They are all great,” coach Carr said. “… So that is real special to our family.”

Caleb did not get a hit in Saturday’s win over the Bruins but he did reach on an error in the sixth inning, allowing Justin Archer to score from third to give White Hall a 3-1 cushion.

All or nothing

White Hall junior Kirk Baugh managed just two hits in the 5A state tournament but it was two crucial hits that helped his team win their second state championship in three years.

Baugh hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning of Saturday’s state championship, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead over Pulaski Academy.

“Kirk is a great hitter,” coach Carr said. “When he gets a pitch, he usually hits it pretty hard.

“Fortunately (Saturday), they left it up a little bit and he drove it out of the park.”

In the first round of the state tournament against Little Rock Christian, Baugh hit a solo home run to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth.

He finished the tournament with two hits, three walks and three RBIs.

Dragons’ deadly combo

FAYETTEVILLE — On Thursday, Fordyce coach Tim Rodgers talked about the hitting prowess of Genoa Central and the hitting woes of his team.

“They hit the ball really well,” he said. “They put the ball in play a lot.

“We know how they hit the ball. They had 11 hits against us in the first ballgame.”

On Saturday, both the Dragons and Redbugs had six hits in the 3A state championship game won 3-0 by Genoa Central.

For the Dragons, most of the damage was caused by just two players. No. 3 hitter Cole Beckham and cleanup man Cale Ridling each had two hits for the Dragons. The duo combined to drive in all three runs with Beckham scoring twice off Ridling’s hits.

“Those are two guys who have stepped up for us all year,” Dragons coach Jonathan Gosdin said. “They just did it again (Saturday).”

SOFTBALL

WH delivers for Vilonia

FAYETTEVILLE — At the beginning of the 5A state tournament, the White Hall Lady Bulldogs brought several care packages to Jacksonville in a relief effort for the victims of April’s tornadoes that ravaged parts of Vilonia and Mayflower.

“There was like $200 worth of gift cards because we didn’t know what they actually needed,” White Hall head coach Terri Smith said after Friday’s state title win. “Then there was like toothbrushes, hair spray, shampoo (and) pony tails — you know all that other stuff.

“And like they told me, if they didn’t need it, they could certainly give it to some other kid.”

Two members of the Vilonia softball team completely lost their homes as well as an assistant coach, according to Smith.

White Hall defeated Vilonia 7-3 for its third straight state championship, but Smith said she was still impressed by the Lady Eagles.

“It is amazing they even got here,” Smith said.

Tournament MVP Abby Weaver agreed.

“I am very proud of them,” Weaver said. “It is something I could never imagined going through.

“And I feel like they handled themselves very well.”

Lady Yellowjackets not going anywhere

Friday’s 6A state championship game loss to Benton marked the end of the road for the most successsful senior class in Sheridan softball history.

“They went 104-13 over their four years,” coach Eddie Woodall said on Friday. “There’s not much else you can say about that.”

Prior to the game, the group of Lauren Mitchell, Madison Crosby, Morgan White, Sydney Bonner and Hunter Clark received their diplomas on the field at Bogle Park, because they were going to miss Sheridan’s graduation later that night.

“They have a great group of seniors,” Benton coach Heidi Cox of the Lady Jackets. “They have had an awesome career.”

The quintet reached the state semifinals three seasons, and, on Friday night, they played in the school’s first state final since 1999.

Even with their departure, Woodall said on Wednesday that he thinks Sheridan will continue to compete for state titles.

“We’ll be just fine next year.”