Local Team Gearing Up For World Series

POCAHONTAS, AR--Practice makes perfect. That's what the Randolph County All-Stars are hoping as they prepare for the USSSA World Series.

"It's a real success. I mean to go to the World Series is like every kids dream that plays baseball and we have achieved that, so we are happy," said shortstop Trevor Poe.

It's a first time ever a team from this area is representing the state at the event.

The team is made up from players from Lawrence and Randolph Counties and according to Poe the team even has a name that represents the different background.

"Everybody on our team was saying "Go Pocahontas" all the Hoxie dudes were aggravated. So we made up the name the Poxie Redstangs, so every body could be involved in it," said Poe.

Redstangs Head Coach Bill Poe says it's that kind of team spirit that is propelling this team.

"We got some talent, but the good thing about these boys are they are not worried about individual awards or recognition. They play as a team and when the team wins they are happy," said Coach Poe.

According to Coach Poe, the team plays with an all out attitude that keeps them in every game. The team gets strong pitching from state tournament MVP Jake Hitt who has only allowed three hits all season.

"I bring a little comedy to the team. Every team has a joker. I go out there and do my job on the mound and right now I am 6-0 and have a little bit of a hot streak going," said Hitt.

It's a hot streak the whole team is riding. They set a goal at the beginning of the season to win the state tournament, but 3rd baseman Dylan Ford says they aren't done with their goals just yet.

"We set a goal that we were going to go to the championship game, so we will just go from there," said Ford.

To make the trip the team is doing plenty of fund raising. If you would like to help you can call the First National Bank of Pocahontas to make a donation.