Legends finish as state runner-up
The Carroll County Legend baseball team had its season come to an end last week when Mountain Home defeated the Legends in the state championship game.
"As a coach, I couldn't be more proud," Legends coach Chris Meador said. "This group of young men set out on a goal in February this year of winning state for two years straight. They fell short of that, but accomplished many things throughout the year."
The Legends played five games in all during the three day tournament, which lasted June 29-July 1. Individual game results are as follows:
Delta 8, Legends 6
The first game of the weekend didn't go according to plan for the Legends. Starter Aspen Linz pitched two innings, allowing four runs and two hits and striking out three. The Legends scored four runs in the second inning. Logan Isbell, Ashton Blok and Brady Isbell all had an RBI in the inning. Mason Meador had two steals and the team had six stolen bases total.
Legends 20, Siloam Springs 0
The Legends landed in the losers bracket Friday afternoon, but rebounded nicely. They scored 16 runs in the third inning en route to the 20-run victory. Colton Spinning, Brady Isbell, Logan Isbell, Brady Smith, Karson Deatherage and Linz all had an RBI in the inning. Logan Isbell had three strikeouts in two innings. Blok and Meador each had multiple hits. Linz had three of the Legendsí 10 stolen bases. The Legends didn't commit an error.
Legends 9, Bentonville 1
The Legends scored five runs in the fourth inning in Saturday's quarterfinal game against Bentonville on their way to the 8-run victory. Logan Isbell, Brady Isbell, Drew Dean, Spinning and Blok all scored a run. Brady Smith was the starting pitcher and didn't allow a hit through two innings. He also had three strikeouts. Spinning had four stolen bases and the team finished with 13.
Legends 9, Springdale 4
It was the fifth inning that helped lead the Legends to victory against Springdale in Saturday's semifinal game, as they scored four runs. The offense was led by Sebastian Holsted and Logan Isbell. Spinning pitched three and a third innings. He allowed three runs, but struck out four. The Legends had eight hits in the game. Linz and Meador each had two hits.
Mountain Home 10, Legends 1
The Legends had defeated Mountain Home twice in the district tournament earlier this year, but were unable to defeat them a third time in Sunday's championship game. Mountain Home scored its first run of the game in the first inning, but added seven more in the second inning to put the game out of reach.
"We struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Mountain Home," Meador said. "Mountain Home had an outstanding pitcher that the boys couldn't get timing down. It was one of those games where they hit the ball in all the right spots."
Despite the season coming to an end on Sunday, Meador is proud of what his team was able to accomplish this year.
"The team went undefeated in the local league, won a district title and won 18 out of 20 games in Cal Ripken play," Meador said. "Most importantly, they had fun."
As 12-year olds, most of the players will be moving up in age group next year. Meador said it has been a lot of fun getting to watch the team mature and grow over the last several years.
"Our team is kind of unique because we had a couple of kids from Green Forest and a couple of kids from Blue Eye," Meador said. "We had two or three from Berryville and one from Eureka Springs. Even one that was home schooled. I have had two of them since T-ball and we have just co-mingled them together since then. It was a great group of kids to have and a good group of parents as well."
Meador is glad that he was able to have a diverse group from across the area, but says it's disappointing that they won't be able to play together at the high school level.
"When it started, you didn't think this day would come, but it's coming close to the end to where they are all going to go their separate ways," Meador said. "Hopefully they will take what they learned over they years and implement that in their high school program. Share the love and passion for the game with their new teammates. This has been great and I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Meador thanked coaches Chad Isbell, Dion Linz, Josh Smith and the parents for making the season possible.