This Saturday in Fayetteville, the reigning Class 2A State Baseball Champions Spring Hill Bears will be making their title defense on the big stage of high school baseball to face Parkers Chapel Trojans in the state championship game at Baum Stadium.

This Saturday in Fayetteville, the reigning Class 2A State Baseball Champions Spring Hill Bears will be making their title defense on the big stage of high school baseball to face Parkers Chapel Trojans in the state championship game at Baum Stadium.

The 2A state baseball championship game is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

The Bears made their first appearance last year in the state championship game with an overall stellar performance to shut out Conway Christian Eagles 5-0 to claim the programs first ever state title to make their debut performing at Baum Stadium. 

Since then, the Bears have impacted their play in a huge way to coming into the 2018 baseball season as the defending state champions. The Bears started the season on a unbeaten spark to at 4-0 defeating Taylor 4-3, Bradley 5-0 and Hope 5-4 to win the Bobcat Invitational Tournament 2018. The Bears opened conference play victorious defeating Rison in close battle 2-1.

The Bears first loss of the season came against Dierks at home to split a double-header for non-conference play, but have prevail over all their opponents through league competition except Parkers Chapel for their only defeat in conf. play. 

The Bears swept series play against Mineral Springs, Foreman, Harmony Grove, Bearden, Lafayette County Blevins, Trinity Christian, Rison and defeated Murfreesboro.

It's been a competitive match-up between the Bears and their conference rival Parkers Chapel this season in their encounters on the diamond.

In the first meeting this season, the Trojans defeated the Bears 3-1 in Parkers Chapel, which snapped Spring Hill's seven-game winning streak. Since their first battle, the Bears stayed on the winning trail to win 10 consecutive games leading into their series finale game in conference play in Spring Hill. The Bears seek redemption to defeat Parkers Chapel 7-5 in their final home game of the season on senior night.

With a lot of momentum building up for the Bears, they would finish the regular season 11-1 to share the league title with Parkers Chapel as Co-Conference Champs.

In the regionals, the Bears clinched their way state tournament berth by prevailing over the Poyen Indians 6-2 in the first round of the 2A South Region Baseball Tournament in Poyen, then shutting out Rison 7-0 to advance to the regional championship game for the first time. The Bears battled Parkers Chapel for the third time this season on neutral playing ground in Poyen, but the Trojans seek victory for some revenge against Spring Hill to win the 2A South Region Tournament and earning the No. 1 seed from the South entering the Class 2A state baseball tourney.

Despite the Bears finishing regional runner-up, they soared through the state tournament competition to showcase their championship caliber play by overcoming adversity in both rounds at state in comeback victories to earn their way back to the finals at Baum Stadium.

Head coach Cameron Brown was very impressed how the Bears maintained their composure and focus to rally back to victory in their state tournament games to be at the place they're currently positioned.

Coach Brown knew this season would be challenging for a first-time reigning state championship team that would receive every opponents best, but was able to make this season one of the most productive year's in baseball for their program with a 27-3 overall record.

Coach Brown commented about the Bears performance at the state tournament in Pangburn and

knows whatever the outcome this weekend endures, the Bears have had a great season and one of the best years on the diamond in their baseball program. From the start of the season, the goal was set to be back in this position again and the Bears have successfully secured their path to the title atmosphere and aiming to repeat for back-to-back state championships.

"We just excited to be here again to compete for another state title. I think the guys are very deserving to be here to win it. They've worked hard and had a successful year with nothing to lose. We'll do out best to win and hopefully bring home the title," Brown said.

The Bears have shown productive play from several of their key players all season long and with returning players from last seasons championship team has impacted their year on the diamond to be title contenders for 2018. 

Seniors' Will Phillips, Kaleb Blair, Levi Lee, Connor Bell, Parker Freeman, Cameron Powell, Cam Middleton and Justin Adcock have held the leadership role this season for the Bears.

They've taken on the major roles to help the Bears maintain the confidence to guide Spring Hill through their tourney run at state to contend for the programs' second title. In last year's championship game, Phillips, Blair and Middleton were solid and key against Conway Christian. Underclassmen Lewis Chambers, Wesley Featherston provided major plays in the game to help the Bears seek victory who returned from the championship team in 2017.

The pitching combination of Blair and Featherston worked effectively in last year's championship game and it's been impressive this season which propel the Bears over Parkers Chapel in their win in Spring Hill.

Coach Brown knew several guys would have to step up and play big this season to fulfill key positions from losing last year's starting seniors of Josh Winfield, Blake Waller and Daden Reed.

The Bears have had major production from Rusty Orr, Bryce Blackwell, Justin Lecher, Levi Kidd, Trenton Searcy, Matthew Bruce and Hunter Lee. Eneko Iribar, Bailey Colon, Song Kim, Chandler Smith and Tyler Rothwell. 

Coach Brown grasp the experience last year as the assistant coach under Rusty Winfield, now he's returning to Baum Stadium in the head coaching position with Rodney Orr assisting and aim to guide the Bears for a repeat.

The team's goal since their sweet ending of the 2017 baseball season in Fayetteville of last year was to return for 2018. Thus far, they've accomplished and achieved many seasonal accolades this season, but now ready to challenge for the ultimate prize and look for another strong performance on the big stage in high school baseball once again for their final bout on the diamond for 2018 against a good Parkers Chapel opponent.