A portion of Southwest Arkansas youth league ball players represented on the diamond in Conway over this past weekend at the 2017 USSSA 8U state baseball tournament.
A portion of Southwest Arkansas youth league ball players represented on the diamond in Conway over this past weekend at the 2017 USSSA 8U state baseball tournament. Hope Baseball Softball Association's 8U Hope All-Stars were amongst several teams competing at the youth state baseball tournament scheduled June 23-25.
The 8U Coach Pitch All-Star division features up to 19 teams to compete consisting of Alma, Fayetteville, Greenbrier, Lake Hamilton, Mena, Ozark, Sheridan, Vilonia, Van Buren, Warren, Wynne, Monticello, Heber Springs Greenwood, Maumelle, Star City, Montgomery County and Pointers All-Stars.
During pool play competition Saturday June 24, Hope All-Stars began action falling short to Alma All-Stars 19-3, then in the second game losing to Greenwood All-Stars 17-4.
For tournament competition on Sunday June 25, Hope All-Star prevailed with a dominating victory against the Ozarks All-Stars 18-3 to advance to the second round. Hope All-Stars would face Alma All-Stars in a rematch duel, but unfortunately Hope fell once again 15-0 to exit their run in the state tournament.
Hope 8U All-Stars head baseball coach Justyn Harper was proud of the team's work ethic throughout their preparation to compete in the state tournament. Harper commented that the entire team worked real hard despite coming up short and everybody learned a lot from their experience.
"I'm proud of the kids and their effort they put in the last couple of weeks. Myself and the coaches are proud of the kids and how they tried and didn't give up," Harper said.
Overall, Wynne All-Stars finished first place and defeated the Maumelle All-Stars 10-9 in the championship game.
2017 HOPE 8U ALL-STARS
Justyn Harper - Head Coach