The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats have a big weekend in front of them after a relaxing spring break.
The Central Arkansas Invitational is on their weekend horizon; their first task will be to face what head coach Randy Sandefur calls a “real solid” Arkadelphia Badgers team.
“They are very fundamental,” Sandefur said. “They have speed, and they swing the bats well.”
The Charging Wildcats are looking to delve into their depth and see what they may have, starting on the mound.
“We’ve got a couple of starters that are out of town for spring break,” Sandefur said.
That affords the Charging Wildcats to do some evaluating.
“We are going to get some young guys a chance to play,” Sandefur said.
Guys like senior Jarrod Smitek and sophomores Ty Houser and Jake Sandefur. All play, but don’t have too many opportunities to pitch. Sandefur hopes that he can spot some pitching depth for the rigors of the conference schedule and the state tournament.
North Little Rock will also give guys like Danny Mitchell and Trey Kimbrell a chance to prove what they can do.
Four games in three days will likely give Sandefur a good idea of what type of team he has and what has to be done to finish out the year.
The tournament field is loaded with quality competition such as Benton, Springdale Har-Ber and Cabot. There are also four out of state teams, one each from Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.
“We’ll get to see some great competition out of conference,” Sandefur said, “and with any luck, maybe a look at some conference competition.”
After all, that’s what comes next for North Little Rock with a trip to West Memphis and a matchup with Marion coming up next week.