Junior Lions claim NEA Baseball championship

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Manila's Brock Birmingham fired a five inning, two-hit shutout, propelling the Lions to a 10-0 whitewash over Buffalo Island Central to claim the 2015 Northeast Arkansas Junior High Baseball Championship.

Members of the 2015 NEA Junior High Baseball Champion Manila Lions pictured are, from left: Front - Colby Hollis, Sawyer Crowell, Levi Stroud, Jacob Tarver, Lynn Hurley, Cade Cater and Kason Grissom. Back - Coach Jason Belcher, Layne Sims, Ethan Navarro, Brock Birmingham, Hunter Vuletich, Jeremiah Perez, Grant Salzer, Michael Parker and Coach Danny Helms. (photo provided)

The Lions, who finished the season with a perfect 13-0 record, avenged last year's title game loss at the hands of the Mustangs.

Layne Sims and Michael Parker both had triples and drove in three runs each to pace Manila's offense. Jeremiah Perez also had a big day at the plate for the Lions, going 3-3. Lynn Hurley went 2-2 while Birmingham singled and drew a pair of intentional walks.

Manila was coached by Jason Belcher and Danny Helms.

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