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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/FILE PHOTOS Blake Adame (from top left), Springdale Har-Ber senior, Josh Llewellyn, Rogers Heritage senior, Chip Durham, Bentonville West, Walker Williams (from bottom left), Shiloh Christian junior, Marcus Brown, Shiloh Christian junior and Reed Mendoza, Lincoln.

Division I

Player of the Year - BLAKE ADAMS

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO Springdale Har-Ber's Blake Adams has been named the All-NWADG D1 Baseball Player of the Year. He helped the Wildcats to a third straight state finals appearance, hitting seven home runs and driving in 22 runs, along with going 7-0 with a 1.69 ERA on the mound.

SCHOOL Springdale Har-Ber



CLASS Senior

THE SCOOP Adams earned All-NWADG DI Baseball Player of the Year honors, leading the Wildcats to the state finals for the third consecutive year. ... The Arkansas signee went 7-0 on the mound with a 1.69 ERA with 96 strikeouts in only 66.1 innings. ... He also and also hit .318 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs, but was pitched around often by opposing team-- drawing a team-high 20 walks.

DID YOU KNOW Adams loves the outdoors and when he's not doing something baseball related, he enjoys duck hunting. He and his father travel to eastern Oklahoma to duck hunt, which started around age seven for Adams.

QUOTABLE "The season didn't end the way we would like for it to, but it was a good season. A lot of people didn't really believe in what we could accomplish. We had our bad days, but we had our good days. We got to the state championship game and playing for a state championship three years in a row is really good.

"Personally, I didn't have the hitting numbers I expected. I was pressing early in the season. But the last two weeks I just relaxed and stopped thinking in the box. I said I was going to react and swing the bat and it really did work. I had quality at-bats and did a lot of productive things for my team."

-- Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Newcomer of the Year - JOSH LLEWELLYN

Mark Strickland-special to the Democrat-Gazette Rogers Heritage's Josh Llewellyn was named the All-NWADG D1 baseball Newcomer of the Year. In his first season to play varsity baseball, he hit .388 for the season and over .400 in 6A-West Conference play.

SCHOOL Rogers Heritage



CLASS Senior

THE SCOOP Llewellyn hit .388, drove in 10 runs and scored nine and started behind the plate for the War Eagles. ... He also hit over .400 in 6A-West Conference play from the lead-off spot and earned all-conference honors. ... The senior started off hitting in the two-hole in the batting order but moved up to the lead-off spot, which is unusual for a catcher.

DID YOU KNOW Lewellyn had not played an inning of high school varsity baseball at Bentonville High until moving to Rogers Heritage this year for his senior year. He enjoys fishing for trout on the White River to get away and clear his mind.

QUOTABLE "As soon as I got to Heritage it felt like home. I was a late bloomer. I know I played very well, but I can't put that all on myself. My teammates turned to brothers in a year. I was able to do what I needed to do on the field as well as make brothership connections and connect my love for the game with the people I was surrounded by and come out with some of my best friends."

"I never really got much of a chance to play, but when I got a chance I wasn't about to let it go. I tried to make the most of it and that's what I did."

-- Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Coach of the Year - CHIP DURHAM

Bentonville West's Chip Durham was named the All-NWADG baseball Coach of the Year. Durham guided the Wolverines to a share of the 6A-West Conference title this season.

SCHOOL Bentonville West

THE SCOOP Durham started the baseball program at West three years ago and guided the Wolverines to a share of the 6A-West Conference title and back-to-back state tournament appearances. ... The Wolverines finished 20-11 -- the best record in the school's short history and lost to eventual state champion North Little Rock in the semifinals. ... He has an extensive coaching background at the college level including Crowder College and Nicholls State and played baseball at Arkansas-Monticello.

DID YOU KNOW Durham got out of coaching entirely, selling pharmaceuticals for six years before taking the job at Bentonville West.

QUOTABLE "I'm really pleased where our program has come in three years. These guys who are leaving, the seniors, have left a footprint to get us where we want to go. We came up a little short on the field, but we had a good year and kids did well.

"They did a great job of laying the groundwork for what this program is about, setting standards and leaving a legacy of where we want to be."

-- Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

All-NWADG Division I Baseball Team

Player School Class Notable
Joey Aden Bentonville West Sr. Hit .371 with 12 doubles, a triple and a home run, drove in 20 runs and scored 36. Signed with Ohio State.
Karson Coffee Bentonville Sr. Hit .386 with two home runs and 27 RBIs, including four doubles and eight triples.
Sam Golden Bentonville Sr. Hit .356 with seven doubles, a triple and 18 RBIs along with playing a stellar defense behind the plate for the Tigers.
Trevor Johnson Van Buren Sr. Hit .354 with two home runs, 18 RBIs and also went 7-4 on the mound with a 2.63 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 74 innings.
Braiden Partin Fort Smith Southside Sr. Finished 4-1 with a 1.18 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 47.1 innings and also hit .318 with two home runs, 10 doubles, and 18 RBIs
Colton Sagely Greenwood Jr. Hit a team-high .393 and tied for team honors with 20 RBIs.
Maddox Thornton Bentonville West Jr. Went 7-2 with a 1.67 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 54.2 innings for 6A-West co-champions.
Matthew Watson Rogers Jr. Finished 6-2 with a 1.26 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.
Landrey Wilkerson Van Buren Sr. Hit .323 with two home runs and 22 RBIs and also went 6-2 with a 1.66 ERA on the mound with 63 strikeouts and only 12 walks over 50.2 innings.
Hunter Wood Springdale Har-Ber Sr. Hit .394 with two home runs, 12 doubles, 31 RBIs and scored 28 runs for the Wildcats, who reached the state finals for the third consecutive year.

Division II

Player of the Year - WALKER WILLIAMS

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Walker Williams of Shiloh Christian delivers a pitch Friday, May 17, 2019, during the Class 4A state championship game against Nashville at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville. Wiliams, a junior, was named the Division II Player of the Year.

SCHOOL Shiloh Christian


CLASS Junior

THE SCOOP Junior led the Saints to their fourth consecutive state finals appearance and a 24-6 overall record. Shiloh Christian was 7-1 in the 4A-1 Conference and captured both conference and regional tournament titles. ... Williams batted .417 with 40 hits, 23 RBIs, 3 home runs and 4 stolen bases. ... As a pitcher, the left-hander was 10-0 with a 1.34 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. Held opponents to a .142 batting average. ... Over his three-year career, Williams has a 2.01 ERA with 190 career strikeouts. ... Selected to the 4A all-state team.

DID YOU KNOW A lot of people mistake Williams' first name as a longtime family name. Actually, he got his first name from Walker Elementary School in Springdale, where his parents first met as students.

QUOTABLE "I think our team exceeded a lot of expectations. We lost a lot of seniors from last year's team and a lot of people did not think we'd make it very far this season. So I was very proud of our team and doing what not many people thought we could.

"I think I did about as well as I could. I set a goal to come in and be the ace of the staff and I think I filled that role, I think I handled it OK. I tried not to let the pressure of being the ace get to me. Landon (Brown) was the ace the two previous seasons and did a heck of a job. I just wanted to try to come close to that."

-- Chip Souza • @NWAChip

Newcomer of the Year - MARCUS BROWN

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Marcus Brown, junior shortstop for Shiloh Christian, tags out a Nashville runner Friday, May 17, 2019, during the Class 4A state championship game at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville. Brown was named the Division II Newcomer of the Year.

SCHOOL Shiloh Christian


CLASS Junior

THE SCOOP Helped the Saints reach the state championship game for the fourth straight season. ... Shortstop batted a team-best .430 with 40 hits, 39 runs scored, 3 home runs, 28 RBIs and 3 triples. Struck out just 9 times in 117 plate appearances. Drew 15 walks and was hit-by-pitch 8 times. ... As a pitcher was 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. ... Has verbally committed to the University of Kentucky.

DID YOU KNOW Brown sat out last season after transferring from Springdale Har-Ber. Brown was able to play junior varsity games.

QUOTABLE "When the season started, I was itching to go after sitting out last season. On the first pitch I saw, I hit a double down the line off the wall. I was just ready to get after it. I'd had a good summer and it carried over into the spring.

"It was awesome being part of this team. It was fun to see everything fall into place. I wanted to be a leader for the team and it was fun to take on that role and see the other players follow that lead. Words just can't describe what it was like to be a part of this team and to make it back to the championship game."

-- Chip Souza • @NWAChip

Coach of the Year - REED MENDOZA

Reed Mendoza of Lincoln was named the Division II Coach of the Year.

SCHOOL Lincoln

THE SCOOP Led the Wolves to a state tournament berth in his first season as the head baseball coach. ... Lincoln's 12 wins in 2019 were more than the past three seasons combined. ... Mendoza graduated from Mena High School and played baseball at Vernon (Texas) College before an automobile accident during the spring of his freshman season ended his playing career. ... Mendoza graduated from Arkansas Tech. He was a volunteer coach while in college at Mena and Russellville, and his first coaching job was at Dardanelle before coming to Lincoln two years ago.

DID YOU KNOW Mendoza will be the new football coach at Dover after he was hired recently to take over that program. It will be his first head football coaching job.

QUOTABLE "This season was definitely gratifying, but more than anything it was seeing the kids reap the benefits of their hard work. I felt like they did a good job of responding to the changes we made in the program and showing up and putting in the time and dedication that it requires to get a program going the right way. They showed up for 6:3o a.m. bullpens in the winter. Since January, we were outside basically every day. We had some tough days and there were a few days where we didn't go outside in the winter. But there were two different times that I remember vividly where we're outside putting in work and it's spitting snow. I don't know that we were getting a whole lot better those days, but we were changing a mindset and an attitude."

-- Chip Souza • @NWAChip

All-NWADG Division II Baseball Team

Player School Class Notable
Blakely Cobb Booneville Sr. Batted .384 with 33 hits, 24 runs scored, 22 RBIs, 4 home runs
Sawyer Duddleston Shiloh Christian Jr. Batted .386 with 32 hits, 25 runs scored, 26 RBIs, 2 home runs, 17 walks, 9 hit-by-pitch
Jimmy Hall Lavaca Sr. Batted .412 with 28 hits, 23 RBIs, 2 home runs: 4-2, 0.76 ERA and 66 strikeouts as a pitcher
Cole Keylon Harrison So. Batted .370 with 34 hits, 31 runs scored, 11 doubles, 19 RBIs, 18 stolen bases
Caleb Lloyd Lincoln Sr. Batted .423 with 31 RBIs, 4 home runs; Had 80 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched with 2.09 ERA
Tyler O'Dell Pea Ridge Sr. Was 6-3 with 85 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched with a 3.00 ERA. Walked just 12 batters
Drew Sturgeon Farmington Jr. Batted .454 with 38 hits, 3 triples, 3 home runs, 28 RBIs, 22 stolen bases
Dan Taylor Providence Academy Jr. Batted .518 with 29 hits, 33 RBIs, 14 doubles. Drove in winning run in HCAA title game.
Brandon Ulmer Booneville Sr. Batted .352 with 25 hits, 17 runs scored. 29 RBIs, 6 home runs. Signed with Arkansas State
Trey Vance Elkings Sr. Batted .500 with 38 hits, 11 doubles, three home runs, 27 runs scored, 42 RBIs

Sports on 06/16/2019

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