The World Series isn’t something just anyone gets to experience, but it is something that a group of excellent ballplayers from Sherwood will get to be a big part of this year.
The Sylvan Hills Titans 12-year-old All-Star team won the Cal Ripken Southwest Regional in Oklahoma, and are currently in Alachua, Fla. for the Cal Ripken Major\60 World Series.
Sylvan Hills finished as the runner-up in the state tournament, losing in the finals to Benton. The Titans got their revenge in the next tournament when the two met again in regionals.
Coached by Jimmy Overman, Brian Cagle and George Cartwright, Sylvan Hills is loaded with the kind of talent that gives them a real chance to make some noise in Florida.
A deep pitching staff led by Nick Reeves, Will Cartwright, Truitt Luth and Drew Martin have the kind of arms that most 12-year-olds haven’t faced. Those four are also a threat to launch one at the plate at any time, but the teams relies as much on the line drives of the rest of the team and a good mix of kids with good speed as well.
Sylvan Hills will be representing Arkansas and surrounding states as the Southwest Champion. They will be playing against teams from Massachesetts, New York, Kentucky, Alabama, North Dakota, Washington, California and Florida.
The Sylvan Hills Titans are Cole Bland, Brice Cagle, Will Cartwright, Truitt Luth, Drew Martin, Landon McConnell, David Newsome, Bryce Overman, Nick Reeves, Connor Young, Aiden Hughes and Stone Stanley.
They play pool play today, tomorrow and Friday and then bracket play begins on Saturday.