The Northeast Arkansas 8-year-old All-Stars traveled to Van Buren last weekend to play in the Cal Ripken State Tournament.
The NEA 8-year olds lost on Friday to Siloam Spring #1 in a 4-3 heartbreaker, when Braden Peaster was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch a two-out triple into a game-tying homerun. Peaster also added a single while going 2-2 at the plate. Brady Jones went 2 for 2 with a double, a triple, and a run scored while Zach Wells added a single and scored two runs.
On Saturday, the NEA 8's defeated Siloam springs #2 by a 12-4 margin. Peaster went 3 for 3 with two singles and a triple while Wells was 2 for 3 with a triple, a homerun and two runs scored. Jones went 2 for 3 with a single, a double, and two runs, and Colby Brister was 2 for 2 including a single, a double, and two runs scored. Corbin Smith went 2 for 2 with two singles and two runs scored, and tyler Ritsmon was also 2 for 2 with a single, a triple and two runs scored.
The NEA 8's then played Huntington later Saturday and lost 12-10, despite leading Huntington 8-4 going into the fifth inning.
Wells went 3-3 with one run scored, Peaster went 2-3 with two runs scored, and Jones went 2-3 including a single and a triple. Zach Reece was 1-3 with two runs scored while Corey Chipman was 2-3 with a double, a triple, and one run scored.
NEA 8-year old coach Johnny McCain said the kids received good support from their parents.
"The kids played hard and will continue to get better. They tried as hard as they could, and that's all you can ask," McCain added.