Zach Bradford's latest memory of playing at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville didn't play out exactly the way the Watson Chapel senior wanted. But it won't be his last.
Zach Bradford’s latest memory of playing at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville didn’t play out exactly the way the Watson Chapel senior wanted. But it won’t be his last.
Bradford will suit up for the East squad at 5 p.m. on June 18 in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Baseball Game, along with Rison’s Will Jacobs. Woodlawn’s Trey Hankins will don a West uniform.
“He’s very deserving and I think this speaks well of his ability,” said Watson Chapel coach Chad Cope. “He is getting a lot of attention right now. He didn’t get much early in the season, but as the year went on he started getting some good looks.”
Bradford (10-0) stayed perfect on the mound this year with a 0.98 ERA and proved himself worthy at the plate with a .494 average, making him a dual-threat prospect in college. He is currently entertaining offers from the likes of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Ole Miss among countless other Division I and Division II schools.
“I think he figures to do both in college,” Cope said. “Zach swings the bat so well that someone will take a chance on him doing both.”
Hankins, who helped the Bears to a 2A state title Saturday, could possibly see Bradford on the hill. The Woodlawn senior compiled impressive numbers as well, hitting at a .382 clip during the regular season with a 6-1 record on the mound, sporting a 0.60 ERA.
“Trey had an exceptional year,” Woodlawn coach Tommy Richardson said. “He pitched well, hit well and played outstanding defense. I can’t really put a finger on where he was best. He was just solid all the way around.”
Haley Baugh, who helped the White Hall Lady Bulldogs to a Class 5A state softball title, will play for the East squad and Coach Debbie Clark of Bryant. Baugh has verbally committed to play at Central Baptist College but is holding out, partially to see if a second trip to Bogle Park in Fayetteville holds any other offers.
“I am always open to listen,” Baugh said. “I’m not sure exactly what I am going to do just yet but believe there will be people there that will notice me.”
Anyone who followed Baugh during the season is aware of her .443 batting average that combines power and finesse.
Woodlawn’s Kasie Ashcraft will play for the West squad in the doubleheader that is slated for 5 p.m. on June 18.
White Hall goalie Cody Jones and defender Tommy Townsend have been selected to play in the soccer all-star game at 8 p.m. on June 19, joining Monticello’s Shane Bostian and Warren’s Seth St. John. Sheridan’s Phong Lee will play for the West squad.
Bostian led the 5A-Southeast Conference with 27 goals this year.
“We wouldn’t have had half the goals this season without Shane,” Monticello coach Britnee Wright said. “I think it’s going to be exciting for him to play around kids with as much talent as he has. I think he will excel and show just how good he is.”
Sheridan’s Wynn Welch will play in the girls game slated for 6 p.m. on June 19.