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Houser’s gem leads to loss

They’ve enjoyed a conference championship, an unbeaten 7A/6A-East record, and the distinction of being one of the best baseball teams in the state.

The question that North Little Rock baseball must answer is who’s next.

That’s a question that American Legion coach Brock Moore has been able to shed some light on, and that is his summer mission.

“We lost four or five really good players,” Moore said.

Moore said the Charging Wildcats not only lost good players on the field, but good leaders.

Now Moore is auditioning replacements, even if they may not step in for a season or two.

“We’ve got a good group of young freshmen and sophomores coming up,” Moore said.

One of those young players, Ty Houser, pitched a gem against Searcy this week, even though it resulted in a 1-0 loss.

“He kept them off balance most of the night,” Moore said, “changing locations, changing speeds.”

That young group posted what Moore called an impressive 17-4 win over Conway as well.

“We are going to be pretty good in a year or so,” Moore said. “We had a good year last year, and we are looking as though we are going to be able to keep things going.”

The American Legion season is winding down with zone tournament in Harrison coming up and state tournament after that. The site of the state tournament hasn’t been released as of yet according to Moore.

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