Markevian Hence, left, earned the MVP of the nine-year-old major division state tournament in Forth Smith. He won two games, earned one save and struck out 24 batters in eight innings. He will represent Pine Bluff in Gulf Shores, Ala., on July 4-8. Also pictured is his dad, Marvin.

Markevian Hence, left, earned the MVP of the nine-year-old major division state tournament in Forth Smith. He won two games, earned one save and struck out 24 batters in eight innings. He will represent Pine Bluff in Gulf Shores, Ala., on July 4-8. Also pictured is his dad, Marvin.