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6A (formerly 7A) West
« on: January 24, 2019, 08:59:27 pm »
Rookie poster here, so forgive me if Iím breaking any unwritten protocols.  Iím interested to hear some opinions on how 6A teams look. West teams look strong, with at least 2 studs on the bump for most teams (some studs are better than others). Like someone recently said, ďWho can hit?Ē  Har-Ber just showed up at #11 in a national poll. Rogers will compete with them, though.  Fayetteville and Bentonville might give both those teams a challenge.  Springdale has some experience coming back.  Heritage will improve. Not sure about what VB has.  What about Central teams?

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 10:06:44 am »
Van Buren was probably the best hitting team in the state last year.  They can hit up and down the lineup and they return quite a few of those guys from last year.  Har-ber should be very good.  Rogers will have a nice 1-2 on the mound.  Van Buren will hit their way to a lot of wins.  I don't know if the other teams have the arms to match up with those three teams.  Bentonville is the X factor.  They have a couple of young arms that throw hard.     

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2019, 07:18:29 pm »
That West side looks strong on both sides.  Look forward to any games our East side plays with them.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2019, 08:30:04 am »
Van Buren was probably the best hitting team in the state last year.  They can hit up and down the lineup and they return quite a few of those guys from last year.  Har-ber should be very good.  Rogers will have a nice 1-2 on the mound.  Van Buren will hit their way to a lot of wins.  I don't know if the other teams have the arms to match up with those three teams.  Bentonville is the X factor.  They have a couple of young arms that throw hard.     

I do recall that VB nearly knocked off HB in the semifinals.  I just wasnít sure how many of the hitters from that team were seniors.  I think HB was the best hitting team last year; their avg was quite a bit higher than VB, but both teams had 13 HRs on the season.  Also, I forgot to mention Bentonville West, which seems to be adding/developing athletes in every sport.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2019, 11:13:11 am »
I do recall that VB nearly knocked off HB in the semifinals.  I just wasnít sure how many of the hitters from that team were seniors.  I think HB was the best hitting team last year; their avg was quite a bit higher than VB, but both teams had 13 HRs on the season.  Also, I forgot to mention Bentonville West, which seems to be adding/developing athletes in every sport.

Looking at Max Preps Van Buren lost 4 Seniors who hit .293 or above.  I was thinking they returned more than that, so I may be overrating them. 

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2019, 09:49:45 pm »
That West side looks strong on both sides.  Look forward to any games our East side plays with them.

Now that Iíve studied up, it looks like Cabot may be the strongest team in 6A. Looking forward to seeing them play.

Additional note: According to PBR, Cabot has two Razorback commits and one Kentucky commit.  If they have 6 other guys who can walk and chew gum, they should be crazy good.
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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2019, 07:42:52 am »
That West side looks strong on both sides.  Look forward to any games our East side plays with them.

After some further research on East teams, Bryant is a legit contender to win it all, with Cabot in the hunt. Bryant apparently has a stud surrounded by a bunch of solid grinders. Cabot just has lots of great athletes.

Also, after further review, I still have Har-Ber as the favorite in the West, with Rogers a close 2nd. Could go the other way, though.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2019, 06:47:57 pm »
After some further research on East teams, Bryant is a legit contender to win it all, with Cabot in the hunt. Bryant apparently has a stud surrounded by a bunch of solid grinders. Cabot just has lots of great athletes.

Also, after further review, I still have Har-Ber as the favorite in the West, with Rogers a close 2nd. Could go the other way, though.

Where do you get your research? 

We have no clue who will do what at this time.  All talk no matter what team we mention.  High school ball seems to be measured more by how deep they can go with decent pitchers.  Then the bats that can make up the difference.

Before the season FF is more like a wishing well.  We all want and hope but time will be the only for sure.

Just ready for some warm baseball.  As I mentioned earlier there is one team in the East that will be very hard to beat if the bats are hot and I can see some bats on that team as well.  PBR tournament doesn't take in all schools but it will be a good time to start seeing who is who.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2019, 08:52:24 pm »
Where do you get your research? 

We have no clue who will do what at this time.  All talk no matter what team we mention.  High school ball seems to be measured more by how deep they can go with decent pitchers.  Then the bats that can make up the difference.

Before the season FF is more like a wishing well.  We all want and hope but time will be the only for sure.

Just ready for some warm baseball.  As I mentioned earlier there is one team in the East that will be very hard to beat if the bats are hot and I can see some bats on that team as well.  PBR tournament doesn't take in all schools but it will be a good time to start seeing who is who.

Iím also ready for some warm baseball.  Today was pretty niceóI was out watching an intersquad.  And you are correctówe have no idea until we start playing games, but the point of this thread was to fill the gap between now and the first pitch with some interesting conversation.  Nothing more. 

Research is a loose term, but I use PBR and MaxPreps, and I hang around batting cages talking to coaches and players.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2019, 09:38:30 pm »
It is fun to see thoughts of who will or who will not be at the top before the year starts.  Then watch and see how it plays out.
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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2019, 04:24:27 pm »
Love this time of year. 

Iíd pick Rogers to win the West right now.  As a pre-season prediction, this is all based on what I remember from last year and from summer baseball.  So much can change in a baseball player in high school so this is just my take.

Fayetteville:  Has some talent....particularly on the mound in their junior class. A couple big sticks but   Not enough offense overall to contend.

Springdale:  blue collar team that will play hard but wonít contend.

Har Ber:  Pitching, pitching, pitching.  They are not ďbangersĒ at the plate.  Base running a big key for them.  Contender (obviously)

Rogers:  Pitching, pitching, pitching.   I think they are the best offensive team in the west.

Heritage:   Ugh....

Bentonville:  two or three that are/could be best in the state at their position but too many holes and not enough pitching.  Not a contender. 

Centerton:  just a step above heritage.

Van Buren:  honestly donít know a lot about them.  I remember they had a solid catcher last year.


Iíd go with

1. Rogers
2. Har Ber
3.Van Buren
4. Bentonville
5. Fayetteville
6. Springdale
7. Centerton
8. Heritage


Iím probably way off but thatís how I see it before a single game is played.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2019, 04:46:52 pm »
Love the reference to Centerton High.  Original Bentonville people will appreciate. West will continue to improve as their program gets established.

Rogers has solid players all around.  We will see if they can hit. Har-Ber now has the added pressure of living up to pre-season hype, which they have not been good at in other sports, historically.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2019, 09:21:06 am »
Got to watch a little west baseball this week and came away happy. 

Watched a little Heritage baseball and it will be another long year for them.

Saw Rogers lose a 10 inning game against NLR in what was a pitchers duel until the top of the 10th when a couple timely hits and a couple passed balls cost the Mounties the game.  Their starter struck out 10 through 4 innings if Iím not mistaken.  The right handed Watson kid.  They are solid despite the loss.

Saw Bentonville beat Conway and NLR.  The biggest question for me concerning the tigers was the unknown aspect of the pitching staff.  So far, they have impressed.  They could contend if their defense holds up. 

Hard to tell too much this early but from just one week, Heritage seems to still be Heritage, Rogers has some top end arms....though their offense didnít show up last night against average pitching....and Bentonville has better pitching so far than I expected as well as well as 2-3 as good as anyone in the state at their position. 

Love baseball season.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2019, 12:21:11 pm »
Fun stuff in 6A West.  Bentonville @ Har-Ber this Monday at Arvest Ballpark will be a true test for both teams.  I think everyone should be rested so that it will be ace vs. ace.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2019, 07:49:16 pm »
Fun stuff in 6A West.  Bentonville @ Har-Ber this Monday at Arvest Ballpark will be a true test for both teams.  I think everyone should be rested so that it will be ace vs. ace.
agreed.  Iím looking forward to it.  Nothing like testing yourself against the champs.  Should find out a lot about the Tigers Monday and Tuesday.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2019, 07:56:58 pm »
Final in 8 innings from Arvest:
Bentonville-6
Har-Ber-3

That was a nail biter.  Some big defensive plays made at some key times.  Thatís a very good Har Ber team.  Tonight was just the Tigers night. 


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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2019, 08:10:44 pm »
Final in 8 innings from Arvest:
Bentonville-6
Har-Ber-3

That was a nail biter.  Some big defensive plays made at some key times.  Thatís a very good Har Ber team.  Tonight was just the Tigers night.

Who were pitchers on both sides?

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2019, 09:20:12 pm »
Who were pitchers on both sides?
Har Ber pitched Blake Adams and Charlie Acuff
Each gave up 3 runs.  Adams in the first, Acuff in the 8th.

Bentonville started Devin Hearn and relieved with Peyton Allen.  Hearn gave up three in the first.


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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2019, 11:25:47 pm »
Har Ber pitched Blake Adams and Charlie Acuff
Each gave up 3 runs.  Adams in the first, Acuff in the 8th.

Bentonville started Devin Hearn and relieved with Peyton Allen.  Hearn gave up three in the first.

Great game to watch.  Bentonville is a contender.  Strong pitching and solid offense. Good hitters throughout the lineup.  Har Ber remains a very good team.  Both losses have been close ones to outstanding teams.

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2019, 07:08:14 am »
Great game to watch.  Bentonville is a contender.  Strong pitching and solid offense. Good hitters throughout the lineup.  Har Ber remains a very good team.  Both losses have been close ones to outstanding teams.
har Ber is no doubt a very good team.  Watching that game, I get the feeling that Bentonville stole one.  Not taking anything away from Bentonville, but the whole flow of the game felt like Har Ber was ready to explode at any moment....and had the men on base to do it.   Bentonville just made big plays or pitches at big moments. 

Big question for me on the Tigers going into the season was pitching.  It was mostly an unknown from a varsity experience standpoint.  So far, it has been mostly really good with a little bit of just good enough.   

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2019, 10:52:22 pm »
Har Ber pitched Blake Adams and Charlie Acuff
Each gave up 3 runs.  Adams in the first, Acuff in the 8th.

Bentonville started Devin Hearn and relieved with Peyton Allen.  Hearn gave up three in the first.

Both good teams. 

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Re: 6A (formerly 7A) West
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2019, 07:50:08 pm »
Bentonville just run ruled Har Ber for the sweep. 

Hurricane force winds mad it interesting as a fan.  It seemed to effect the Wildcat pitchers but not the Tiger pitcher.  Sophomore Keegan Allen with his second dominant start.  Heís Bentonvilleís best pitcher so far.  Heís been dominant and is only a sophomore..  We are very solid defensively and our senior  catcher Sam Golden is the best Iíve ever seen.  I thought he was a senior but my wife  just said heís a junior.   Our biggest ? Was pitching but so far Iíve been impressed.  Season is young though.  Our 3rd baseman Senior Keaton Cloyd has been on fire at the plate so far too.  This team just might make some noise in the west this year.

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« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2019, 10:32:39 pm »
Tigers are rolling.  Their pitchers and hitters handled the weather with toughness.  Not so much for Har-Berís guys.  HB will be ooking to bounce back on this upcoming trip to the Redneck Riv.

 

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