MONETTE, AR (KAIT) - For more than 30 years, Marmaduke Head Baseball Coach Larry Willis has been a staple on the Greyhound baseball diamond.
On Thursday night, after three decades of coaching, Willis walked off the field for the final time after his Greyhounds lost to East Poinsett County in the second round of the 3-2A District Tournament at Monette.
Marmaduke won the opening game against Cross County by the final score of 14-7 to advance to the next game against EPC. In game two, the Warriors jumped out to a big lead and went on to eliminate the Greyhounds in a decisive victory, ending the Marmaduke season and the career of Willis.
"Last game we knew when our first guy struggled and we brought our second guy in, we knew that was it," said Willis, "We've basically got three pitchers."
Despite the loss, Willis was happy to reflect upon a great career. "It's tough leaving the kids and the other coaches," Willis told Region 8 Sports, "It's been fun, I'm going to miss that part of it."
Willis leaves the diamond as third on the all-time wins list of Arkansas baseball coaches.