Great season for Carroll County Babe Ruth team

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Josiah Mullins plays a game of catch with his brother Jordyn Mullins on Sunday after the two returned from Fort Smith where their Carroll County team competed in the Senior Babe Ruth state tournament. The team lost both games at the tournament, but ended the season with a 13-11 record. David Healy / CCN Sports Editor

The Carroll County team playing in the Northwest Arkansas 16-18 Senior Babe Ruth League wrapped up its season last weekend by losing a pair of games at the state tournament in Fort Smith.

However, according to head coach Brandon Stone, the season was an overwhelming success.

The Carroll County team, which is made up of players from both Berryville and Green Forest, finished with a 13-11 record this season.

"We did really well," Stone said. "It seemed like every night it was a different player who got a big hit or made a big out." 

Players on the team like Clayton Watson said they hope the success they had playing in the summer league will translate to their high school teams in the spring.

"This will definitely help us," Watson said. "We have gotten used to winning and we will take that with us when we start playing again for our school teams." 

Jordyn Mullins throws to his brother. David Healy / CCN Sports Editor

Stone, an assistant coach on the Green Forest baseball team, agreed.

"The whole reason why we played in this league is to make us more competitive when we get back to school," he said. "We played against teams from much bigger schools who play in much higher classifications than us. You can only get better by playing against the best." 

Watson said the best part about the season was playing against older players.

"It was really exciting moving up and playing against older competition," he said. "Now, I know what I need to do to get better."

Playing so much baseball this spring and summer haven't tired the players either.

"I am certainly not tired," Watson said. "I love baseball and I want to play as much as I can."

But Watson, like many of his teammates, has now put down his baseball glove for the season and will be playing football soon.

Other players on this year's team included Dalton Sattler, Jordyn Mullins, Devin Taylor, Justin Jenkins, Jeff Adams, Eric Holman, Josiah Goodman, Ryan Nance, Gustin Byers, Josiah Mullins and Hunter Seitz.

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