Manila players part of AA World Series
Tracey Wade Reinhart II and Jeremy Goff recently completed their season with the 14-year-old USSSA Newport Greyhound baseball team. They ended their season with a spectacular finish in the AA World Series in Bentonville.
Twenty teams began their quest for the World Series title and the Greyhounds finished third, winning six games and losing two.
Their two losses were to the Amarillo, Texas, Crossfire who finished 7-0 and won the tournament, and the other was to the KS Cardinals from Oklahoma who finished second in the field. Newport defeated the Cardinals 14-2 in earlier pool play action.
The Greyhounds also defeated the Russellville Riverhawks twice during the tournament.
The team's goal has always been to win a state championship, but second place was always the best they could do. The Riverhawks won this year's state tournament and were the favorite to earn the World Series. The Greyhounds played the Riverhawks in a winner's bracket game in the series and won 10-7 in extra innings.
The Riverhawk coach told the Greyhounds to "get ready." Three games later, in the Final Four, the two teams met again and the Greyhounds scored five runs in the first inning and won 13-2. It was a tremendous victory for the Hounds.
The Greyhounds were the last team from Arkansas playing and that has happened two out of the last three years. They were in Bentonville for nine days and had a spectacular run toward a World Series Championship. They won six games against some of the best competition in the country. They also defeated the Oklahoma Oilers, 9-8, by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning; the Dallas-Fort Worth Tigersharks, 8-4; and the Central Arkansas Stix, 19-11.
This was the last year of USSSA baseball for the team and they were playing their best at the end. They won 20 of their last 26 games and making the Final 4 was incredible; but beating the Riverhawks again solidified the Greyhounds as the best in Arkansas.
Tracey Wade Reinhart was named to the 2008 14-year-old USSSA World Series All Tournament Team. Jeremy Goff pitched and hit exceptionally well for the team.
Jeremy and Tracey are sophomores at Manila High School. Tracey is the son of Tracey and Scottie Reinhart, and Jeremy is the son of Jeff and Alisia Goff.