VAN BUREN — Greg Werner’s coaching debut for Van Buren was fast and furious on Friday night.
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White Hall will be looking to surprise some people Friday night. The Bulldogs are not highly regarded as a team with potential this season, and there are legitimate reasons behind those thoughts.
White Hall’s 2014 season was full of close games, and the Bulldogs’ overall record was 5-6. In five of those six losses the margin of victory was seven points or fewer. One big play could have been the difference between a win or loss for the Bulldogs many times last season.
First photo: The White Hall All-Stars competed in the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series as a host team, along with Pine Bluff Northern and Seabrook, for the national tournament. White Hall advanced to the bracket-play portion of the 12-team showcase before losing 3-2 in the quarterfinals to Hazel Dell Metro, Washington. Pictured are front row, from left, Spencer Smith, Zach Motsinger, Austin Terrell, Treyton Carter, Griffin Haynes, Josh Looney, bat boy Carsen Terrell and Adam Johnston; and back row, manager Jeff Johnson, Braden Croft, Reese Wilkerson, Wes Harp, coach Brent Terrell, Bradley Reece, Baylor Owen, Jake McClain and coach John Looney. (Special to The Commercial)
White Hall came into the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series wanting to prove it belonged. Over the past week, the team has shown it can play with the best teams in the country.
Just before its last game of pool play in the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series, White Hall was informed that it finished third in the American Division and had qualified for bracket play. Even though the team could have used the game against Franklin, Kentucky, as a momentum builder, the coaches decided to rest their pitchers and switch up their normal lineup a little.
Grayson Martin finished up an impressive week at Jaycee Golf Course with a hole-in-one, although for him it was the seventh time he’s sunk the once-in-a-lifetime shot.
Atlantic Shore, New Jersey, was definitely playing with a purpose during Tuesday’s Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series game at Taylor Field. That purpose was to stay undefeated in American Division pool play, and it did just that by beating White Hall by the score of 5-4 in 10 innings.
White Hall suffered its first loss of the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series to Tri-Valley, California, by the score of 9-0 on Monday at Taylor Field.
White Hall picked up its second win in as many days to start the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series with a stellar performance against the South Arkansas state champions from Bryant as they were able to gain a victory by the score of 5-2 on Sunday at Eddie Bryan Field.