Legends reach state tournament final

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The Carroll County Legends took second place at the 10-under Cal Ripken state tournament.
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The Carroll County Legends advanced to the championship game of the 10-under Cal Ripken state baseball tournament in North Little Rock on the first weekend of July.

The Legends rallied to defeat Stuttgart 12-5 in their first game of the tournament, then shut out Bismarck 12-0 to move into bracket play. From there, the Legends beat Bismarck 12-3 to advance to the semifinals.

In the semis, the Legends rolled to a 15-0 victory over Lakewood, highlighted by a nine-run outburst in the first inning that included eight stolen bases.

In Sunday’s championship game against Arkadelphia, the Legends took a 2-0 lead on Hayden Campbell’s two-run double and still held a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth before Arkadelphia rallied to win 6-2.

The Legends finished 4-1 in the state tournament, outscoring their opponents 53-14. The Legends’ overall record is 35-8.

Cole Meador led the Legends with 10 hits and 15 stolen bases during the tournament while Campbell added nine hits and 10 stolen bases. Other players who had multiple hits and stolen bases for the Legends were Quinton Hashagen, Carson Compton, Gavin Usery, Eli Lakey, Eli Kennedy, Cole Lippe and Gavin Tharp.

The Legends are coached by Chris Meador, Jake Kennedy, MicahTharp and Jason Campbell.

Next up for the Legends is the Southwest Regional tournament beginning Friday and continuing through Monday, July 19, in Mobile, Ala.

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