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Baseball Capsules | Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

CLASS 6A

WHEN Thursday-Saturday

WHERE Bentonville

DEFENSE CHAMPION Springdale Har-Ber

TITLE FAVORITE Rogers

OTHER KEY PARTICIPANTS Rogers Heritage, Springdale Har-Ber, Bryant

SLEEPER Cabot

FIRST ROUND INTRIGUE Little Rock Catholic vs. Bentonville

NOTEWORTHY The top seeds are Rogers, Rogers Heritage, Conway and Bryant. … Rogers Heritage (25-3) reached the state semifinals the past two seasons. … Cabot was a preseason favorite to repeat as conference champions, finishing third in the 6A-Central Conference. … Little Rock Catholic (13-11) is looking to overcome a first-round exit for the third straight season.

CLASS 5A

WHEN Thursday-Saturday

WHERE Harrison

DEFENDING CHAMPION Little Rock Christian

TITLE FAVORITE View of the valley

OTHER KEY PARTICIPANTS Little Rock Christian

SLEEPER Sylvan Hills

FIRST ROUND INTRIGION Marion versus Maumelle

SLEEPER Sylvan Hills

NOTEWORTHY Valley View (27-2) has a pair of seniors in Lance Davis and Eli Crecelius who have combined to go 14-0 this season. The University of Arkansas signees have struck out 146 batters while allowing 20 walks and 5 earned runs in 89 innings. Senior Slade Caldwell, who could be selected in the first round in July’s Major League Baseball Draft, has stolen 47 bases and has an on-base percentage of .702. … Sylvan Hills (18-10) finished 11-2 in the month of April. … University of Arkansas signee Tag Andrews will likely get the start on the mound for Maumelle (16-10) when it faces Marion (20-8). The Patriots will likely select University of Central Arkansas signee Cohen Bumbaugh as the starter.

CLASS 4A

WHEN Thursday-Saturday

TRUE Gravette

DEFENDING CHAMPION Lonoke

TITLE FAVORITE Lonoke

OTHER KEY PARTICIPANTS Morrilton, Joe T. Robinson, Prairie Grove

SLEEPING Magnolia

FIRST ROUND INTRIGUE Brookland vs. Farmington

NOTEWORTHY The top seeds are Lonoke, Prairie Grove, Magnolia and Monticello. … Brookland (22-11) cruised through the 4A-3 Conference with an undefeated record. … Farmington (14-11) has lost four of its past five games, but the Cardinals finished second in the 4A-1 Conference Tournament and were fourth in the 4A-North Regional Tournament. … Magnolia (20-6) has won five in a row and captured the 4A-South regional championship with a 5-4 victory over Monticello. … University of Arkansas signee Steele Eaves picked up a win and a save in the regional tournament for Lonoke and will likely start in the quarterfinals against Morrilton or Warren.

CLASS 3A

WHEN Thursday-Saturday

WHERE hot springs

DEFENDING CHAMPION Harding Academy

TITLE FAVORITE Harding Academy

OTHER KEY PARTICIPANTS Central Arkansas Christian, Genoa Central, Walnut Ridge

SLEEPERS Booneville

FIRST ROUND INTRIGUE Central Arkansas Christian vs. Elkins

NOTEWORTHY Harding Academy (22-4) is looking to win its fourth straight Class 3A state championship before advancing to Class 4A next season. … Booneville (19-5) has won 19 straight games after starting the season 0-5. Seniors Dax Goff and Rylan Ray each have eight home runs, and junior pitcher Jace Washburn is 6-0. Goff is also undefeated on the mound. … The top seeds are Harding Academy, Genoa Central, Booneville and Walnut Ridge. … Central Arkansas Christian reached the semifinals last season and Elkins has won at least 20 games in each of the last five seasons.

CLASS 2A

WHEN Thursday-Saturday

WHERE Palestine Wheatley/Forrest City

DEFENDING CHAMPION Woodlawn

TITLE FAVORITE Woodlawn

OTHER KEY PARTICIPANTS Bigelow, McCrory, Mansfield

SLEEPERS Cedar Ridge

FIRST ROUND INTRIGION Bigelow vs. Headmaster

NOTEWORTHY Bigelow (18-1) has won every game since its opening day loss to Conway St. Joseph. University of Central Arkansas signee Carter Alexander was the staff ace despite signing with the Bears as a catcher. . … Cooper Rabjohn has more than 300 career strikeouts for Rector (21-5), which has lost four times to Riverside. … Cedar Ridge (20-10) returned all of its offensive and pitching production from last season’s semifinal team. … The lone loss for Woodlawn (31-1) came against Class 4A Gosnell 6-1 in a spring break tournament. Senior Tate Hall leads the Bears with 43 runs batted in and was the winning pitcher in the regional championship game, pitching six innings and striking out seven, allowing two hits. Woodlawn has won six of the past seven state championships, including the past three.

CLASS 1A

WHEN Thursday-Saturday

WHERE West Side Greers Ferry/Heber Springs

DEFENSE CHAMPION Taylor

TITLE FAVORITE Conway St. Joseph

OTHER KEY PARTICIPANTS Taylor, West Side Greers Ferry,

SLEEPER Armorel

FIRST ROUND INTRIGUE Scranton vs. Hillcrest

NOTABLE Taylor (19-4) has won the past two Class 1A state titles. …Conway St. Joseph left-hander Nicholas French is 6-1 this season with a 0.31 earned run average. He has 95 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. French also got the complete game shutout against Nemo Vista in the 1A-3 Regional championship game when he struck out 10 with only two walks. The Bulldogs outscored their opponents 40-3 in the regional tournament. … Armorel has won four state championships, the most recent in 2016. … The top seeds are Taylor, West Side Greers Ferry, Conway St. Joseph and Scranton.