WHITE HALL — One family plus one year equals two state championships.

WHITE HALL — One family plus one year equals two state championships.

Dr. Stephen Baugh, an optometrist, can correct your vision with a simple office visit. But there’s no way he could have seen what was about to transpire around his home in White Hall.

Along with his wife, Sheri, the Baughs visited Fayetteville over the weekend as daughter, Haley, and son, Kirk competed for, and won, state titles for White Hall High School. Haley and the Lady Bulldogs brought back a softball title while Kirk and the Bulldogs procured a baseball crown.

But it may have been Stephen’s vision when Kirk was around 8 years old that put things in focus.

“My brother won this batting cage,” Dr. Baugh said, pointing out the windows in the rear of the house, just past the swimming pool. “He shipped it to us and we put it up. I made a pact with the kids at that time that we would hit in it every day, even if it were for just 15 minutes. We did that until Kirk was about 12. And we still use it pretty much every day now.”

And while the batting cage is apparent of wear and tear, the swimming pool still has a green tint.

“I think there may be a few fish in there,” Stephen said to Sheri as he walked in the door.

But with two state championship trophies perched among the countless hardware and game balls that adorn the living room, the pool was the least of concerns for the Baugh family. And with all the attention the batting cage has received, the pool must have felt left out over the years.

“I was sitting in here at 7 in the morning one day last week and I hear them out there hitting,” Stephen said. “If they have a few minutes, they will get out there and throw to each other.”

And it’s never even a question between the two siblings.

“She has taught me how to step my game up,” Kirk admitted. “It’s been just a blessing to have her around, teaching me things and how to act and what to expect. She’s a great athlete.”

Kirk, a freshman, almost missed out on the festivities this year, seeing limited playing time for coach Skip Carr, who admits he generally doesn’t play underclassmen. Haley turned in an almost ho-hum senior campaign that without looking at her stellar numbers (.443 bating average, 32 RBIs, 9 doubles, a triple and three home runs), one wouldn’t recognize her overall accomplishments.

But while the two have a state title in common, Haley has one piece of hardware Kirk is still looking for — MVP of the state championship game after driving in a run, scoring a run and collecting a pair of hits, including a double, in the title game against Vilonia.

“He’s going to have to do something big,” Haley said, prodding her younger brother.

He did do something when his number was called on May 11 in the second round of the Class 5A state tournament in Monticello, belting a pinch-hit grand slam to lift the Dogs over Greenwood. He followed that with a run-producing double in the next game against Nettleton and capped it off with a two-run double in the 10th inning of the title game against Watson Chapel on May 18.

“I wasn’t really expecting it, but I was prepared mentally and physically,” Kirk said of the opportunity. “When I was going up to the plate I told myself that if I was going to have anything to do with the team this year, that I needed to step up and prove myself and get some respect from the guys.”

And while Kirk was earning his role as a starter for Carr, Haley was continuing her dominating performance for coach Terri Smith and the Lady Dogs. On the same day Kirk hit the grand slam, Haley blasted a two-run shot, both of which were captured on video by mom and dad.

“We normally don’t record these things,” Sheri said. “But Haley had told me to quit yelling at her when she was batting. I turned to the girls in the stands and said, ‘She didn’t say I couldn’t record her’.”

Haley has since been named Most Outstanding Senior Softball Player and selected to play in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, the same site as the MVP performance in the title game. She has also verbally committed to Central Baptist College to continue her softball career and expects to sign in the coming weeks.