The season came to an end for the White Hall Bulldogs (26-7) in the quarterfinals of the 5A Baseball state tournament on May 11 at Harrison. The Bulldogs fell 8-5 at the hands of the Sylvan Hills Bears, who ultimately advanced all the way to the state title game and will face off with the Watson Chapel Wildcats on Friday.
Heading into the final inning with Sylvan Hills, the score was tied 5-5 between the Bulldogs and Bears. Sylvan Hills plated three runs in the seventh to knock off White Hall and end what was still a successful season.
Although they didn't accomplish the ultimate goal of winning a state championship, the Bulldogs won the 5A South conference tournament under their second-year Head Coach Shane Harp. Attempts to reach Harp for comment were unsuccessful.
As the No. 1 seed out of the 5A South, the Bulldogs beat Vilonia 8-2 in the opening round to gain what would be their final win of the season.
Harp had the luxury of coaching a solid group of kids that included 11 seniors who left their mark on the program. He credits them for being true leaders, and he said in previous interviews that he's certain they'll go on to be successful men on down the line.
The Bulldogs will lose leaders like Layne Hartsfield, Devon Koonce and Austin Terrell to name a few, but they'll return junior Zack Motsinger, who showed promise for the future of the program.
After year two, Harp has completely settled in at White Hall, and he has set a culture. To get 26 wins out of the schedule the Bulldogs played is pleasing for Harp, and they'll keep pushing towards the ultimate goal of bringing a state championship back to White Hall.