When the White Hall baseball team gets off the bus Tuesday afternoon at Watson Chapel, more than just the usual bragging rights will be on the line.

When the White Hall baseball team gets off the bus Tuesday afternoon at Watson Chapel, more than just the usual bragging rights will be on the line.

If being crosstown rivals wasn’t enough, the Bulldogs and Wildcats will be battling it out for 5A-Southeast conference supremacy.

White Hall (14-9, 10-2 in 5A-Southeast Conference) will need a sweep of the Cats (22-6, 11-1) but would still need help from Sylvan Hills, which also sports an 11-1 conference mark to win the conference championship. The Bulldogs would need two wins against Watson Chapel and Sylvan Hills to lose both games at Monticello (8-4 in 5A-Southeast), a daunting task considering the Bears pulled off a road sweep at White Hall this past Thursday.

White Hall coach Skip Carr said the Bulldogs are ready to move past those two losses and are focusing on the task at hand.

“We had a great practice Friday,” Carr said. “It was very energetic and the guys worked very hard. We feel good about where we are and are ready to move on.”

With Watson Chapel and Sylvan Hills tied atop the division standings, the Wildcats could also benefit from a sweep of the Bulldogs. If the Cats can hand White Hall its fourth consecutive conference setback, the conference title and No. 1 seed entering the 5A state playoffs would belong to Chapel.

A Chapel split against White Hall and a Sylvan Hills sweep at Monticello would still award the Wildcats the conference title based on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Watson Chapel coach Chad Cope said he would like to take care of business on the field so the decision isn’t made in an office in North Little Rock.

“We won the top seed last year on a coin toss,” Cope said. “We were tied after the regular season and it went to a coin toss and one of my assistants went up there for the toss. We chose heads. He said it hit the table, rolled a little ways and landed on heads.”

Cope will likely start Game 1 of the scheduled 4 p.m. doubleheader with right-hander Justin Dardenne (5-2) with lefty Zach Bradford (7-0) slated for Game 2. Carr will counter with a pair of right handers with Tyler Zuber (4-2) in the opener and either Chris Smith (2-1), Tyler Carr (3-2) or Pierce Sloan (2-1) in the nightcap. Carr said the Game 2 starter would be a “game-time decision”.

White Hall is led in hitting by Landon Reed (.411) while Dardenne, Bradford, Reece Huffty and Landon Colson all topping .400 for the Wildcats with a team batting average of .398.

It will be senior day for Watson Chapel as the Wildcats usher out seven seniors who have compiled a 66-16 record. Carr said two wins would be the obvious desire, but that the extra competitive nature of the series would benefit both teams in the postseason.

“No matter what happens, this is preparing us for state,” Carr said. “This is getting us ready by playing these tough games this late in the season. I’m glad it worked out like this.”