8-year-old All-Stars stopped short in Springdale
SPRINGDALE -- After breezing through the competition Friday and Saturday in Springdale, the Carroll County 8-year-old All Stars came up one run shy in the Cal Ripken District 4 Tournament semifinals with a 9-8 loss to Siloam Springs Maroon.
Head coach Chad Allen had everything he wanted in the final two innings with a close game and the heart of the batting order due up. But Siloam Springs turned defensive, preventing Carroll County from scoring after plating the go-ahead runs in the top of the sixth and hanging on for the win.
"That was our chance to win that game right there," Allen said. "We had our top hitters up and just couldn't get anything going. You have to give it to Siloam Springs. They made some good plays there at the end."
Carroll County looked almost unbeatable in the first four games of the tournament, outscoring their opponents 57-18, including a 14-7 win over the same Siloam Springs team to open the event Friday night. The all-stars followed that with a 13-5 win over Gravette Saturday morning and a 13-3 win over Gentry Saturday afternoon. A 17-3 win over Gentry Sunday afternoon put Carroll County in the semis against Siloam Springs.
"The kids played hard and fundamentally sound," Allen said. "We had a couple of errors in that last game. But Siloam just beat us. If we weren't the best defensive team there then they were."
Carroll County also had trouble pushing runs across, leaving eight men on base after stranding only 16 in the previous four games combined.
"We had been driving the ball into the outfield up to that point," Allen said. "But it was a really good weekend. We look forward to the next two weeks."
Kade Davidson and Isaac DeMeyer led Carroll County at the plate during the tournament, belting out 11 hits each. DeMeyer was 11-for-13 while Davidson went 11-for-15. DJ Colbert was 9-for-14, Jake Wilson went 9-for-13, Nate Allen was 10-for-14, William Dean went 8-for-13, Kensey Robinson was 4-for-13, Chet Hudgens was 6-for-12, Noah Gilmore was 9-for-11, Jarrett Mann was 6-for-10, Clayton Johnson went 6-for-10 and Jack Dignan finished 4-for-9.
The tam returned to Carroll County following the loss and will continue to prepare for the Cal Ripken State Tournament in Jonesboro July 5-8.
"We will move on," Allen said. "We have two weeks to practice then on to Jonesboro. The competition level there will be real similar to what we saw this weekend with about 22 teams at the tournament. If we can get our outfield to gel a little more we are going to be a tough out. We typically get overlooked being from Berryville. Hopefully they will do that again and we can make some noise."