May 29, 2019

For years, Justin Ritter wondered what the community of Lakeside would be like with a youth baseball program. Today, his dream of bringing youth baseball to the community he calls home has blossomed into a reality greater than anything he could have imagined.

“As a travel baseball coach for the past four or five years, I’ve seen so many kids in our community who didn’t have the opportunity to play baseball due to its cost,” Ritter said. "There are so many kids out there whose parents simply can’t...

May 22, 2019

Everyone in the small-town community of Mountain Pine knows Allison Simmons.

From working in the computer lab to coaching basketball, softball and tee-ball and welcoming students to school each day in the drop-off line, the former Red Devil alumna can be found just about anywhere at Mountain Pine School—and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I take a lot of pride in what I do,” Simmons said. “Right now, I serve as a paraprofessional at the school. Last year, I worked with some of our special edu...

August 15, 2018

Nine-year-old Eli Blagg's parents will never forget the day they bought their son his first plastic ball and bat--a decision that turned a toddler into a baseball-crushing machine.

“I bought Eli his first bat and ball when he was two years old,” father Tyler Blagg said. “When I started throwing the ball overhand to him and he was hitting it, I realized pretty quick that we had something special on our hands. We kept at it every day and I think that’s what really caused him to grow and love the ga...

July 16, 2018

At just eight years old, Donald “Don Don” Coleman Jr. is playing on the biggest stage of his young baseball career—the USSSA 7U World Series in Bixby, Oklahoma—a big dream achieved for a small-town Arkansas kid.

“Don Don has been playing baseball ever since he was six years old,” said father Donald Coleman Sr. “He would watch other athletes from the area playing around in the park or in the woods hitting the ball, running around and having fun. He liked it so much that we started league ball and...

July 9, 2018

When the Arkansas Vols qualified for the USSSA 7th grade boys Division II National Championship in Florida, head coach Josh Brooks was simply hoping to get his players extra experience in the game they loved.

Little did he know when they left, however, he and his team would return to the Natural State as national champions.

“When we qualified for the national tournament, the main thing that I wanted to focus on was getting my guys exposed to top talent outside of Arkansas,” Brooks said. “On top of...

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