In the dog days of the summer, the cities of Pine Bluff and White Hall will be treated to a high quality level of baseball. The 2016 13-15 year-old Southwest Regional Tournament is set to begin on July 21 with an opening banquet, and the first game is scheduled to be played on July 22. Games will be played at the historic Taylor Field and also on the campus of the White Hall Bulldogs at their baseball complex.
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The 2016 Senior Babe Ruth State Tournament is set to get underway Friday at Taylor Field. Pine Bluff Northern will be the host team, as they’ve played fairly well in recent years. Pine Bluff Northern represented Arkansas in the Southwestern Regional in Netherland, Texas, in 2014, and in Rogers, Ark., in 2015.
The Pine Bluff Braves renewed a fifty nine year old rivalry last weekend as they journeyed to Rose City, Arkansas to take on the England All Stars. The game took place at the North Little Rock Police Athletic League Complex and the Braves defeated the All Stars 14-6 in a hard fought contest.
The Pine Bluff Police Department and the Pine Bluff Country Club have partnered for the 2016 P.A.Y. Camp summer program.
The Big Bass Bonanza, Arkansas’ largest bass fishing tournament, is set for June 24-26.
Initially the tournament was scheduled to be played earlier in the month, but weather complications prevented that. However, the Casey Crowder Scholarship tournament will now take place on June 25, at 1 p.m.
The Arkansas Post National Memorial will hold its annual fishing derby at the park lake on Saturday, June 18. The derby is free of charge, and all kids ages 12 and younger and their families are invited to attend.
The Pine Bluff Braves got off to a good start after being rained out Friday in their 65th season opener. In a delayed start, the Braves came from behind to defeat the Alexandria, Louisiana Hurricanes 13-7 in the first game Saturday at Regional Park.
The bad weather held off, and the 2016 PRO-DAY Future Showcase was able to proceed smoothly. This year’s showcase featured twelve participants that displayed their talents in front of a number of college coaches, scouts, and professional scouts. PRO-DAY has continued to expand over the years, and the purpose and the production is a large reason for that.
Standout catcher, Blake Phillips, of the Watson Chapel Wildcats signed his letter of intent Friday morning. Phillips will further his baseball career at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Arkansas. This was a proud moment for Watson Chapel’s head baseball coach Chad Cope, as he’s seen Phillips grow into the young man that he is today.