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2024 American Legion Seniors State Tournament Opens July 22 in Hot Springs

The Seniors begin tournament play on July 22 at Hot Springs Majestic park . Here is ten team Tournament bracket.

American Legion Junior (17U) State Championship Round

STUTTGART RALLIES TO CLAIM AMERICAN LEGION JUNIORS STATE TITLE
July 18, 2024
by Troy Mitchell

HOT SPRINGS – Stuttgart scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth-inning to come from behind and beat Cabot 7-6 and capture the American Legion Junior (17U) State Championship, Thursday at Majestic Park in Hot Springs.

With two-outs, trailing 5-4, Cam Rogers took Rylan Smith’s 2-2 pitch to right field to score Austin Fontenot who reached on a single of his own and Axtan McCrea who was on base after a fielder’s choice.

Cabot made the game interesting at the end as the Railcats put a pair of runners on base by virtue of walks followed by a RBI single by Jake Steelman to make the score 7-6.

Cabot would then proceed to load the bases, but relief pitcher Caiden Scalfe struck out Carson Sipes and forced Harrison Fry to foul out to end the game.

Earlier, trailing 1-0 in the third, Stuttgart scored three runs benefitting from a misplayed flyball by the Cabot center fielder that jump-started the frame.

Peyton Thompson led off the inning with a sharply hit single to left field before Axtan McCrea’s fly ball went off the center fielder’s glove and rolled to the fence putting runners on second and third with no outs.

Cam Rogers brought home the first run with a single to right field to score Thompson. McCrea later scored on JD Hertzog’s double down the left field line and would score himself on a Hayden Prine single.

Despite playing its fourth game in two days, Cabot was not about to quit scoring four runs on the fifth-inning to take a 5-3 lead.

After a pair of walks chased Stuttgart starting pitcher Hayden Prine, Miguel Homsher continued to stay hot at the plate for the tournament with a single to left to get within a run of the Ricemen.  

Cabot then tied the score when Homsher came home on a double-steal that was misplayed by the Stuttgart defense.

Reliever Caiden Scalfe struggled walking a batter and giving up consecutive hits with the go-ahead single coming from Nathan Fitch which scored two runs.

Stuttgart’s Beau Byers earned Most Outstanding Pitcher honors, while Cabot’s Miguel Homsher was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Cabot made its way to the championship game avenging an early loss to Conway, recording a 7-6 victory after losing 48 hours earlier 16-2.

William Poe pitched 6 1/3 innings and record the win to improve to 3-0 in the tournament. Bryce Naquin entered the game after Poe reached his pitch limit to record the final two outs and pick up the save.

Eight of nine starters had hits for Cabot with Nathan Fitch having a two-run double to lead the way.
 

STUTTGART 7, CABOT 6
Cabot                    010    040    0        6-9-1
Stuttgart                003    004    X        7-7-1

Win - C. Scalfe. Loss - Rylan Smith. Save - None. WP - Rylan Smith 2(2); Chris Fowler(1); C. Scalfe(1). HBP - by H. Prine (Nathan Fitch); by Rylan Smith (P. Thompson).  E - Harrison Fry(1); Harper Feilk(1). DP - Stuttgart 1. LOB - Cabot 10; Stuttgart 5. 2B - JD Hertzog(2). HBP Nathan Fitch; P. Thompson. SB - M. Homsher 2(3); William Poe(2); Rylan Smith(4); Caden Ward(2); H. Prine 2(3); C. Scalfe(2). CS - C. Rogers(1).

 

 


CABOT 7, CONWAY 6
Conway                030    100    2        6-10-1
Cabot                    005    011    X        7-8-0

Win - William Poe (3-0). Loss - B. Jolly (0-1). Save - Bryce Naquin (1). WP - B. Jolly(1); Noah Prout 2(2). HBP - by William Poe (C. Ashcraft); by William Poe (Carter Crow); by William Poe (Wit Griffin). BK - Keyan Brown(1); Noah Prout(1); William Poe(1).

E - Keyan Brown(2). DP - Cabot 2. LOB - Conway 9; Cabot 6. 2B - M. Simpson(2); C. Ashcraft(1); Nathan Fitch(1). 3B - Carter Crow(1). HBP - C. Ashcraft; Carter Crow; Wit Griffin. SB - Keyan Brown(3); Rylan Smith(3); Caden Ward(1).

CABOT OUTLASTS TEXARKANA TO REACH AMERICAN LEGION SEMIFINAL
July 17, 2024
by Troy Mitchell

HOT SPRINGS – For the second time, Cabot beat Texarkana 3-2, Wednesday at American Legion Junior (17U) State Tournament at Majestic Park in Hot Springs.

The RailCats beat the Razorbacks in the opening round of the championship bracket on Monday 4-1. With the win, Cabot advances to the elimination bracket finals to face Conway on Thursday at 5 p.m. The winner advances to face Stuttgart for the state championship on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Cabot’s only loss of the tournament was a 16-2 setback Tuesday.

Rylan Smith provided a one-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to give Cabot the win after Texarkana tied the score in the top half of the inning.

Harrison Fry started off the Cabot seventh with a single to left field followed by a single by Miguel Homsher singled down the left field line. With one out, Smith stepped to plate and was given the chance to be the hero after both runners advance on a wild pitch. Smith took the very next pitch to deep right field to drive in Fry for the win.

Jake Steelman pitched six complete inning before exiting due reaching the pitch count limit. Steelman struck out five batters and gave up just one run on four hits.

Nathan Fitch entered the game in the seventh and struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up the tying run, but would record the win.


CABOT 2, TEXARKANA 1
Texarkana            001    000    1        2-6-2
Cabot                    002    000    1        3-4-4

Win - Nathan Fitch. Loss - Cade McLeod. Save - None. WP - Cade McLeod 2(2); Caden Criner(1); Dylan Nabors(3). HBP - by Caden Criner (T. Mansfield).

E - Cade McLeod(1); Ahmed Moore(1); M. Homsher(3); William Poe(1); Bryce Naquin(1); T. Mansfield(1). DP - Cabot 2. LOB - Tex. Rivers 8; Cabot 8. 2B - Caden Criner(3). 3B - William Poe(3). HBP - T. Mansfield. SF - Rylan Smith(2). SB - M. Moore(3); Dylan Nabors(4). CS - Ahmed Moore(1).

STUTTGART ADVANCES TO AMERICAN LEGION STATE CHMAPIONSHIP WITH 2-1 WIN OVER CONWAY
July 17, 2024
by Troy Mitchell

HOT SPRINGS – Dominant pitching was the story in the battle of the unbeatens as Stuttgart edged Conway 2-1, Wednesday at the American Legion Juniors (17U) State Tournament at Majestic Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

Stuttgart improved to 7-0 in tournament play and will play in Thursday’s championship game at 7:30 p.m. Conway will play in the elimination bracket final at 5 p.m. against the winner of the Cabot/Texarkana game. The winner will advance to play Stuttgart in the championship.

Stuttgart’s Beau Barnes picked up his second win of the tournament with a complete game performance. Barnes scattered seven hits, struck out three batters with Conway’s lone run being unearned.

Stuttgart plated its first run in the bottom of the first-inning as JD Hertzog drove home Cam Rogers who singled and stole second to lead off the inning.

Conway tied things in the third as Malik Simpson reached on an error and later score on Trendon Moseley’s sacrifice fly.

The eventual game-winning run occurred in the Stuttgart fifth with two outs  as Hertzog collected his second hit of the game when he singled to left field.

Dagan Duncan followed with a single of his own, advancing Hertzog to third. Harper Feilk provided the game-winner with a single to center field to score Hertzog.

Conway had the tying run on third with two-outs as Moseley singled, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Moseley, however, was stranded as Barnes struck out Carter Crow to end the game.


STUTTGART 2, CONWAY 1
Conway                001    000    0        1-6-0
Stuttgart                100    010    x        2-7-1

Win - Beau Barnes (2-0). Loss - Wes Edwards (0-1). Save - None. WP - Keyan Brown(1); Beau Barnes(1). HBP - by Beau Barnes (Carter Crow); by Wes Edwards (Harper Feilk).

E - C. Scalfe(1). LOB - Conway 10; Stuttgart 8. HBP - Carter Crow; Harper Feilk. SF - T. Moseley(2). SB - T. Moseley 2(7); C. Rogers(4); H. Prine(1)

CABOT, TEXARKANA ADVANCE, FACE OFF IN REMATCH AT THE AMERICAN LEGION STATE TOURNAMENT
July 17, 2024
by Troy Mitchell

HOT SPRINGS – Texarkana took advantage of five Arkadelphia errors which led to six unearned runs, while Cabot’s Wes Bell pitched a gem against Lake Hamilton in the elimination bracket of the 2024 American Legion Juniors State Tournament at Majestic Park in Hot Springs.

Texarkana opened Wednesday’s play with an 11-6 victory, while Cabot scored the only run of the game in the first-inning to beat the Wolves 1-0.

The two teams will play an elimination game Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to play the loser of Conway and Stuttgart Thursday.

The game will  be a rematch from an opening round contest where Cabot won 4-1 just two days ago.

GAME 9: TEXARKANA 11, ARKADELPHIA 6
(Arkadelphia Eliminated)

Texarkana showed why it is one of the top scoring teams in the tournament as the Razorbacks had seven different players with hits and runs scored in the win over Arkadelphia.

Caden Criner and Maddax Moore had two hits each with Criner having a double, two runs batted in and scored twice. Moore also had a RBI and scored.

Josh Scoggins started the game on the mound for Texarkana pitching three innings, scattering three hits and not allowing a run. Whitt Haynes entered the game in a relief role and completed the game giving up six runs on seven hits.

Arkadelphia was led offensively by Carson Brawley and Cash Stricklin who had two hits each.

GAME 10: CABOT 1, LAKE HAMILTON
(Lake Hamilton Eliminated)

Wes Bell pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out seven and not allowing a walk to eliminate Lake Hamilton.

Bell retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced following a double by Kaden Pranter, and finished the game retiring the final six batters in order including striking out three.

The only run of the game was unearned by Cabot in the bottom of the first-inning.

The frame began when Harrison Fry singled up the middle and stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error on the play. William Poe delivered a one-out single to plate Fry for the game’s only run.

Coy Autry was tagged with a tough loss, despite striking out eight batters and allowing just one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings of work.

 


TEXARKANA 11, ARKADELPHIA 6
Arkadelphia          000    301    2        6-10-5
Texarkana            044    030    x        11-9-1

Win - J. Scoggins (2-0). Loss - M. Fendley (0-2). Save - W. Haynes (1).
WP - M. Fendley(1). HBP - by M. Fendley (M. Moore); by Judd Smith (Caden Criner).

 

E - M. Fendley(1); Tyler White 2(3); Stephenson(2); Judd Smith(3); J. Scoggins(4). DP - Arkadelphia 2. LOB Arkadelphia 6; Tex. Rivers 6.
2B - Gabe Owens(1); Cale McBride(1); M. Moore(1); Caden Criner(2).
3B - C. Stricklin(1).
HBP - M. Moore; Caden Criner. SF - Tyler White(1); Stephenson(1). SB - J. Scoggins 2(4); Cade McLeod(3).

 

CABOT 1, LAKE HAMILTON 0
Lake Hamilton     000    000    0        0-2-2
Cabot                    100    000    x        1-7-1

Win - Wes Bell (1-0).
Loss - Coy Autrey (2-0)

HBP - by Coy Autrey (Chris Fowler); by Wes Bell (Devin Hudson).

E - B. Fountain(1); Cash Johnson(3); Rylan Smith(1). DP - L. Hamilton 1. LOB - L. Hamilton 4; Cabot 10. 2B - K. Pranter(3); T. Mansfield(1). HBP - Devin Hudson; Chris Fowler. SB - Devin Hudson(3); Harrison Fry(1); Carson Sipes(1).

CONWAY CRUISES TO 16-2 WIN OVER CABOT AT THE AMERICAN LEGION STATE TOURNAMENT
July 16, 2024
by Troy Mitchell

HOT SPRINGS – Conway used an explosive offensive attack led by Trendon Moseley to run-rule Cabot 16-2, Tuesday at the American Legion Juniors (17U) State Tournament at Majestic Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

Moseley was 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple and four RBI.

Teammate Keyan Brown added two hits with a double and 2 RBI, with Malik Simpson also having two hits and a run batted in.

Conway scored six runs in the initial frame with the help of four hits and four walks to set the tone for the game.

Nathan Wanamaker pitched 4 1/3 innings for Conway. Wanamaker gave up one unearned runs on three hits and struckout a pair of Cabot hitters.

Conway will face Stuttgart in the battle of the lone unbeaten teams Wednesday at 5 p.m.


CONWAY 16, CABOT 2
Cabot          010    00      2-6-1
Conway      611    8x      16-10-1

WP- Nathan Wanamaker
LP- Rylan Smith
LOB- Cabot 3, Conway 5
2B- Cabot: Carson Sipes. Conway: Keyan Brown
3B – Conway: Trendo Moseley

STUTTGART DOWNS ARKADELPHIA 9-1 IN AMERICAN LEGION STATE TOURNAMENT
July 16, 2024
by Troy Mitchell

HOT SPRINGS - Axtan McCrea recorded a complete game win as Stuttgart downed Arkadelphia 9-1, Tuesday at the American Legion Juniors (17U) State Tournament at Majestic Park in Hot Springs.

With the win, Stuttgart is a perfect 5-0 in the past two weeks and will face the Cabot/Conway winner, Wednesday at 5 p.m.

McCrea allowed a single run in the first-inning while striking out three batters to pick up the win.

Once again Arkadelphia got out of the gate quickly as Dillon Rogers doubled to right center to lead off the game and later score on a Axtan McCrea wild pitch.

Stuttgart answered in the bottom half of the inning as Arkadelphia pitcher Gabe Owens had trouble finding the strike zone walking four batters in the inning to allow the Ricemen to tie the score at 1-1.

The Ricemen took the lead the very next inning scoring two runs courtesy of a two-run single by JD Hertzog to center field to make the score 3-1 after two innings.

Hertzog struck again in the fifth-inning as he laced a double to right field to bring home Austin Fontenot who reached on a leadoff walk.

Just to make sure there was doubt in the outcome, the Riceman added five runs in the sixth, highlighted by an inside-the-park hom run by Cameron Rogers which scored three runs.

Arkadelphia will face Texarkana in an elimination game at Noon Wednesday.


STUTTGART 8, ARKADELPHIA 7
Arkadelphia          100    000    0        1-3-0
Stuttgart                120    001    5        9-5-1

WP- Axtan McCrea
LP- Tyler White
LOB- Arkadelphia 5, Stuttgart 3
2B- Arkadelphia: Dillon Rogers Stuttgart: JD Hertzog. HR- Cam Rogers

LAKE HAMILTON, TEXARKANA REBOUND FROM OPEN ROUND LOSSES
July 16, 2024
by Troy Mitchell


Lake Hamilton and Texarkana rebounded from opening round losses to advance in the 2024 American Legion Juniors (17U) State Championship, Tuesday at Majestic Park in Hot Springs.

Both teams took advantage of its opponents miscues as Little Rock committed four errors against the Wolves, while Bryant recorded a total of six errors against Texarkana.

GAME 5 – Lake Hamilton 3, Little Rock Warriors 1
(Little Rock Eliminated)

Ashur Gregory pitched 5 2/3 inning in a relief role to lead Lake Hamilton to a 3-1 win over the Little Rock Warriors.

Gregory entered the game for starter Coy Autry in the second-inning, striking out four and scattering six hits to get the win.

Autry was intrumental in scoring the first run of the game as he belted a one-out double to centerfield and would score on a passed ball in the third-inning.

The Wolves scored two more runs in the fifth with the help of a RBI single by Zayde Cox and a Texarkana fielding error.

Little Rock’s lone run came in the sixth-inning as the Warriors strung together three hits with Stephen Dilliman providing the RBI safety to rightfield.

Gregory worked his way out of the jam as he forced Ricky Halbert to ground out and struckout Everett Woodard to end the inning.

Lake Hamilton will next play an elimination game Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

 
 

GAME 6 – Texarkana Rivers 8, Bryant 7
(Bryant Eliminated)

Texarkana took advantage of four Bryant errors in the final two innings to erase a four run deficit to beat the Black Sox 8-7 in an elimination game.

The Razorbacks scored three runs in the bottom half of the six without the use of a single hit, then rallied for three more runs in the seventh with the help of an error while also putting together three hits.

Deon Carson led the Texarkana hit attack with a double, triple and a pair of runs batted in, including the game-winning two-run double in the bottom of the seventh.

Caden Criner and Dylan Nabors also had a solid day at the plate, both having two hits, with Criner also blasting a double.

Terrance Ellis had a pair of doubles for Bryant including 3 RBI. Jonathan Carter was 2-for-4 with three runs scored in losing cause.

Texarkana will play at Noon on Wednesday against either Stuttgart or Arkadelphia.
 

LAKE HAMILTON 3, LITTLE ROCK 1
Little Rock            000    000    1        1-6-4
L. Hamilton           001    020    0        3-5-1

WP- Ashur Gregory
LP- Stephen Dillman
LOB-Little Rock 5, Lake Hamilton 9.
2B-Lake Hamilton: Coy Autry


TEXARKANA 8, BRYANT 7
Bryant         010    050    1        7-8-6
Texarkana  001    103    3        8-8-1

WP- Gunnarv Keith
LP- Zabree Russell
LOB- Bryant 8, Texarkana 10
2B- Bryant: Terrance Ellis (2), Dante Hernandez. Texarkana: Deon Carson.
3B- Deon Carson.

PITCHING DOMINATES OPENING DAY OF AMERICAN LEGION JUNIORS STATE TOURNAMENT
July 15, 2024
by Troy Mitchell

Pitching was at a premium on day one of the 2024 American Legion Juniors (17U) State Championships at Majestic Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

The first three games totaled just 15 runs with only 10 being earned, while offenses totaled just 26 hits.

Conway, Cabot, and Stuttgart all remained perfect in tournament play as all four teams went unbeaten in the preliminary rounds last week.

In the nightcap, defending champion Lake Hamilton was upended by Arkadelphia 6-2 to suffer its first loss of tournament play.

GAME 1 – Conway 3, Bryant 2

Silas Cicero struck out 11 batters and allowed just two hits as Conway outlasted Bryant 3-2.

Silas took a no-hitter into the seventh-inning before Terrance Ellis blasted a one-out double. Barrett Royal followed with a double to right field to score Grant Daves who was hit by a pitch to begin the inning.

Barrett later scored on a ground out before Cicero struck out Luke Andrews to end the game and pick up the complete game victory.

Conway put together three hits in the third-inning to take an early 1-0 lead before adding two runs in the following frame with the help of a double to right field by Keyan Brown to load the bases.

Conway would score on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Malik Simpson to make the score 3-0  through four-innings.

Brown led Conway going 2-for-3 at the plate, with Carter Crow contributing with two hit of his own.
 

GAME 2 – Cabot 4, Texarkana Rivers 1

Miguel Homsher collected three hits with Rylan Smith adding two safeties to lead Cabot to a 4-1 win over Texarkana.

Cabot jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first-inning as Harrison Fry took Tyson Blalock’s first offering down the leftfield line for a double. Fry then scored when Homsher singled to left.

After William Poe reached on an error to score Homsher, Rylan Smith singled to advance Poe to third, with Poe scoring on a Nathan Fitch ground out for the final run of the inning.

Texarkana manufactured a run in the bottom half of the fifth as Whit Haynes led off with a single and would score on a Cad McLeod fielder’s choice.

Cabot added an insurance run in the seventh with the help of two hit batters and a pair of walks.

Poe pitched 5.2 innings, allowing just one runs and scattering four hits to pick up the win. Chris Fowler finished the game for Cabot to pick up the save.

Tyson Blalock was tabbed with the loss.
 

GAME 3 – Stuttgart 3, Little Rock Warriors 2

JD Hertzog laced a shot past third baseman Everett Woodard to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh-inning to lift Stuttgart past Little Rock 3-2.

Warrior pitcher Brady Penick cruised into the seventh frame before walking Caiden Scalfe to lead off the inning and then surrendered just his third hit of the game to pinch hitter Austin Fontenot.

After a sacrifice bunt advanced both runners, Stuttgart loaded the bases when Little Rock intentionally walked Cam Rogers.

Hertzog then delivered his one out blow which went off the glove of Woodard and brought home the winning runs.

Little Rock scored its only two runs in the fourth-inning benefitting from three walks and a hit batter. The lone hit of the inning was a leadoff single by Connor Smith.

Stuttgart cut the lead in half with a single run in the bottom half of the inning when Dagan Duncan led things off with a double to right-center field and later scored on a double steal.

Scalfe picked up the win in relief, pitching the final three innings not allowing a hit and just one base runner.


GAME 4 – Arkadelphia 6, Lake Hamilton 2

Arkadelphia used a four-run third-inning, stringing together four hits to upset Lake Hamilton 6-2.

Arkadelphia didn’t hesitate to get things started plating two runs in the first-inning as Maddox Fendley doubled to score Dillon Rogers who led off the game with a single to left field.

Fendley would later score on a sacrifice fly to right field by Cash Stricklin to give the home team an early 2-0 advantage.

Lake Hamilton countered with a run in the top of the second as Zayde Cox smacked a double to right-center field to begin things. However, Cox was tagged out in a run-down on a Ashur Gregory fielder’s choice.

Gregory would advance to second on a ground out, and score on a Brody Fountain single to right.

Arkadelphia exploded for four runs in the third inning with the big blow being a two-run double by Cooper Stephenson to increase the lead to 6-1.

The Wolves scored a single run in the sixth-inning as Kaden Pranter belted a leadoff triple and scored on Cox’s ground out to short.

Cash Stricklin picked up the win on the mound for Arkadelphia and pitched 5.2 innings, striking out eight batters before reaching his pitching limit and having to be relieved.

Tuesday’s docket will begin with two elimination games as Little Rock will take on Lake Hamilton at Noon, followed by Bryant facing off against Texarkana with the first pitch set for 2:30 p.m.

In the winner’s bracket, Arkadelphia will play Stuttgart at 5 p.m. followed by
Conway and Cabot will battle in the final game of the day scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

For complete scores, updates and statistics, go to arkansasamericanlegionbaseball.com

 


 

CONWAY 3, BRYANT 2
Conway      001    200    0        3-6-0
Bryant         000    000    2        2-2-0

WP- Silas Cicero
LP- Jackson Trusty
DP- Bryant 1. LOB-Conway 9, Bryant 3.
2B-Conway: Keyan Brown. Bryant: Terrance Ellis, Barrett Royal


CABOT 3, TEXARKANA RIVERS 0
Cabot          300    000    1        4-7-0
Texarkana  000    010    0        1-5-3

WP- William Poe
LP- Tyson Blalock
Save- Chris Fowler
LOB- Cabot 10, Texarkana 9
2B- Cabot: Harrison Fry.

 

STUTTGART 3, LITTLE ROCK WARRIORS 2
Little Rock  000    200    0        2-2-1
Stuttgart      000    100    2        3-4-2

WP- Caiden Scalfe
LP- Brady Penick
LOB- LR: 4, Stuttgart 7
2B-  Stuttgart: Dagan Duncan

 

ARKADELPHIA 6, LAKE HAMILTON 2
Lake Hamilton     010    001    0        2-6-1
Arkadelphia          204    000    X        6-6-0

WP- Cash Stricklin
LP- Myers Manatt
LOB- Lake Hamilton 6, Arkadelphia 1
2B- Arkadelphia: Maddox Fendley, Cooper Stephenson; Lake Hamilton: Zayde Cox. 3B- Lake Hamilton: Kaden Prant

FINAL EIGHT TEAMS SET FOR AMERICAN LEGION JUNIORS STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
JULY 14, 2024
by Troy Mitchell

Following opening round bracket play, the final eight teams are set to battle for the 2024 American Legion Juniors (17U) State Championship.

The 8-team double-elimination tournament begins Monday at Majestic Park with four games on the schedule.

The first game of the event features Conway taking on the Bryant Black Sox at Noon followed by the Cabot RailCubs against the Texarkana Razorback Rivers set for a 2:30 p.m. start.

The third game on the docket is Stuttgart Ricemen battling the Little Rock Warriors with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.

The marque game of day one puts Arkadelphia against the 2023 American Legion State Champions Lake Hamilton scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The tournament will continue with four games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The elimination bracket final game is scheduled for Thursday followed by the Championship that same day. A final game will be played Friday if necessary.

The eight teams competed in separate four opening round five or six-team brackets last week with the first and second place teams advancing to the championship bracket.

GAME 1 – Conway (3-0) vs. Bryant Black Sox (3-1)
The Conway pitching staff has been superb, allowing just two runs in19 innings for a 0.47 ERA. Silas Cicero recorded a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Little Rock Warriors last week. Cicero faced three batters above the minimum and struck out 12 batters in the process.

Offensively, Conway has been limited to just .225 hitting, but have benefitted from 27 walks.

Bryant fought through the elimination bracket after losing their first game to Stuttgart. The Black Sox rallied and outscored their opponents 41 to 7 the next three games to advance to this week’s championship bracket.

The Black Sox are hitting .349 as a team with Owen Woods and Grant Davis leading the way. Woods has a .667 average with 6 RBI, while Davis is hitting .571.

GAME 2 – Cabot RailCubs (3-0) vs. Texarkana Razorbacks Rivers (3-1)
Cabot claimed Bracket 3 winning all three games including a 6-3 victory over Arkadelphia in the winner’s bracket final.

William Poe has led the RailCubs offensively going 5-for-10 last week with a double, two triples and 3 RBI.

The pitching staff has been solid sporting a 3.43 ERA with Jake Steelman leading the way with a 1.29 ERA while striking out three batters and scattering six hits in 7 innings of work.

After losing their opening round game to White Hall, Texarkana won three straight games, including a double-header last Thursday to advance to the round of eight.

Texarkana sports a solid .339 team batting average led by Dylan Nabors who leads the tournament with an impressive .800 average (8-for-10) with 4 doubles, 6 runs scored and 7 RBI.

Despite winning three games, Texarkana’s pitching has struggled a bit with a 6.28 earned run average while allowing 25 runs, walking 35 batters in four games.

GAME 3 – Stuttgart Ricemen (3-0) vs. Little Rock Warriors (3-1)
Stuttgart has been impressive in its first three games outscoring opponents 27 to 7 including a tough-fought 3-2 win over Bryant.

Hayden Prine and Dagan Duncan lead the Ricemen offensively, both hitting .455 with Prine having 8 RBI and Duncan 6.

Duncan also recorded a win on the mound over the Little Rock Battlebirds allowing just three hits and striking out 8.

The Warriors regrouped after its opening round 2-0 loss to Conway, winning three straight games including a 14-13 last inning victory over Springdale.

Connor Davis leads the squad hitting .455 while Carter Sangalli is hitting .375 for the Warriors.

GAME 4 – Lake Hamilton (2-0) vs. Arkadelphia (2-1)
The defending champions Lake Hamilton outscored its opponents 26 to 4 in the two games last week.

The Wolves have hit .397 collectively with Devin Hudson and Adam Gregory gathering five hits each. Zayde Cox is 4-for-7 with a double, triple and 7 RBI.

Coy Autrey leads the pitching staff after his 5-inning no-hitter in the 11-1 win over Perryville in a game where he struck out 11 batters.

Arkadelphia enters the week with both a balanced offense and pitching with the team hitting .278 while having a 3.00 ERA in three games.

Cash Stricklin paces Arkadelphia, both at the plate and on the mound. Stricklin is 7-for-12 with a pair of doubles, while not allowing an earned run in six innings including fanning 10 batters.

Judd Smith will also be valuable to the Arkadelphia pitching staff after appearing in two games, having a 2.25 ERA in 8 innings of work with 11 punchouts and limiting opponents to a .103 batting average.  

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2024 Junior State Tournament Begins Play

Results

Monday July 8th

 Cabot  7   Dardanelle  4

White Hall  10  Texarkana  Rivers 9

Stuttgart  12  LR Battlebirds  2

LR Rockies  5  Batesville  1

Conway  12  Springdale  1

Tuesday July 9th

@Little Rock Christian

Mountain Home  7   LR Rockies  6

Conway  2  LR Warriors  0

Benton HS

Vilonia  10  Eighth Battalion  9

Stuttgart  3   Bryant  2

Texarkana  Wheat  8  Vilonia  3

Cabot  3  Sheridan Peoples  1

Majestic Hot Springs

Perryville  7  Sheridan Wylie  5

Lake Hamilton  15   White Hall  3

Perryville  13  Ft Smith  4

Arkadelphia   6   North Little Rock   1

Wednesday  July 10th

@Little Rock Christian

Springdale  15  LR Rockies  6

LR Warriors  16  Batesville  6

Conway  9  Mountain Home  1 (Conway Advances)

Benton HS

Stuttgart  12  Texarkana Wheat  3 (Stuttgart Advances)

White Hall  7  Sheridan Wylie  0

Bryant  10  Eighth Battalion  0

Cabot  6  Arkadelphia  3 (Cabot Advances)

Majestic Hot Springs

Texarkana Rivers  8  Ft Smith   2

Dardanelle  7  North Little Rock  2

Lake Hamilton  11  Perryville  1 (Lake Hamilton Advances)

Thursday   July 11th

@Little Rock Christian

LR Warriors 14  Springdale  13

LR Warriors  8  Mountain Home  3  (Warriors Advance)

Benton HS

Bryant  18 LR Battlebirds  4

Bryant  13  Texarkana Wheat  3 (Bryant Advances)

Majestic Hot Springs

Texarkana Rivers  7  White Hall  0

Texarkana Rivers  14  Perryville  13

Friday July 12th

@Little Rock Christian

5:00 pm  Sheridan Peoples  vs  Dardanelle

7:30 pm Winner vs  Arkadelphia 

 

 

Beebe wins American Legion AA Tournament

Congratulations to Beebe AA Champions and Conway Runners Up in the Arkansas American Legion Baseball tournament that concluded Saturday June 22nd at Little Rock Christian Academy. Grant Jernigan of Beebe was the tournaments MVP and the Little Rock Warriors was awarded the Mike Bromley Sportsmanship award.

Monday, June 17th

Beebe  18    LR Battlebirds  5  

White Hall  5   Siloam Springs  0

NCA  6   Harrison  2

Vilonia  1  Booneville 0

LR Warriors 12  Gentry  2

Tuesday , June 18th

Beebe 10  Clarksville 2

Ft Smith 4  White Hall 1

NCA 12   Vilonia 0

LR Warriors 3  Conway 2

Harrison 7  Booneville 6

Wednesday, June 19th

White Hall 15  Gentry  2

LR Battlebirds advance

Conway  9  Siloam Springs  0

Harrison  9  Clarksville  4

Beebe  14  Ft. Smith  4

LR Warriors  18  NCA  1

Thursday, June 20th

White Hall 2  Harrison 1

Conway  12  LR Battlebirds  1

White Hall  8  NCA  5

Conway  6  Ft Smith  2

Beebe 12  LR Warriors  2

Friday, June 21st

Conway 3  White Hall 2

Conway  6  LR Warriors  5

Saturday, June 22nd

Beebe 18 Conway 1

 

15U Tournament Play

Magnolia wins 15U tournament played at Sheridan with win over Bryant. Magnolia completed tournament play without a defeat. Congratulations to Magnolia Arkansas American Legion 15U State Champions and to Bryant State Runners Up.

2024 Arkansas American Legion Baseball Important Dates

Here are important 2024 dates for Arkansas American Legion Baseball:

January 20 10:00 am (Saturday) Managers/Coaches Meeting (Zoom Meeting - details to be emailed)

February 17, 10:00 am (Saturday) Managers/Coaches Meeting (@Little Rock Christian Academy)   

Each team planning to play American Legion baseball in 2024 is expected to be represented at the Managers/Coaches meetings. Attendance at one of the meetings is necessary in order to receive information about rules, registration, insurance and tournament play in 2024. The meetings will last no more than one hour and teams will be given the opportunity to schedule games following the February 17 in person meeting.

 Deadline for early registration May 15, 2024. Remember no team can have tryouts, practice or play games prior to registration and payment for insurance. The registration fee increases by $200.00 after May 15.

Final Day for Registration, pay insurance, and pay registration fees May 31, 2024

June 12, 2024 Deadline for Team Managers to submit Form #1 with State Commissioner for AA and 15U.

June 17-22, 2024 Dates AA State Tournament Little Rock Christian Academy

June 17-22. 2024 Dates 15U State Tournament Little Rock Christian Academy

June 26, 2024 Deadline for Team Managers to submit Form #1 with State Commissioner for Juniors (17U) & Seniors (AAA)

July 8-18, 2024 Dates 17U (Juniors) State Tournament Pool Play 3 or 4 site locations TBD / Finals at Hot Springs

July 22-31, 2024 Tentative Dates 19U (Seniors)  State Tournament Hot Springs 

Reminder to communicate to your players to purchase molded cleats for play on turf fields. 

Patches & Emblems

 

The traditional sleeve patch is available for purchase through American Legion Emblem Sales by clicking here.

2024 Forms

New forms will be posted as soon as made available by American Legion national office.

Team Registration

 

Team registration for the 2024 American Legion Baseball season has closed. It will re-open in late January or early February for the 2025 season at baseball.legion.org.

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Team Registration

We encourage all teams planning to play American Legion baseball in the state of Arkansas to register their teams for the 2025 season as soon as the portal opens in late January or early February.  New teams may go to the link above to learn more about American Legion Baseball.

The schedule for Managers/Coaches meetings for the 2025 season will be released in the fall.

For planning purposes the 2024 insurance and registration fees were as follows:  Annual insurance $349.00 for Seniors and $261.00 for Juniors; Seasonal insurance $278.00  for Seniors and $211.00 for Juniors. Seasonal covers summer ball from the time you register and pay the insurance to the conclusion of the American Legion season in July or August. The national administrative team fee was $125.00 for Seniors and $100.00 for Juniors and the Arkansas registration fee was $575.00 for Seniors and $550.00 for Juniors.  

As a reminder all registered teams must play a minimum of five Legion games to become eligible to play in the respective state tournament playoffs (Seniors, Juniors & 15 and under). 15 and under is defined as 15 before May 1. This means they are ineligible to play 15U If they turn 16 before May 1.


Click here to visit the National American Legion website and learn more about American Legion Baseball

Background Checks

Background checks for coaches and managers are to be processed upon confirmation of registration fee payment by American Legion. The training video for Child Safety must also be completed by each coach.