Rector Hosting Little League Tournament

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Members of the Rector seven and eight-year-old Little League District Tournament champion team are, from left: Front--Holden Linam, Drew Henderson, Kaden Avery, Jack Murray and Cooper Rabjohn. Middle--Ashton Scott, Grett Fair, Ethen Stoelting, Kameron Jones, Landon Haywood and Samual Shipley. Back--Coaches David Jones, Matt Rabjohn, Nate Henderson and Chris Haywood. (Photo provided)

Crowds of hundreds of fans have visited the Jeremy McDaniel Memorial Sports Complex in Rector over the past five days as the Little League District Tournaments have brought the top area teams to the site. Action began this past Friday and will continue through tonight (Wednesday).

In the seven and eight-year-old bracket, host Rector emerged with the district crown, battling rival Piggott in two matchups Monday night. Piggott entered Monday undefeated in the tourney, having bested Rector during Saturday's afternoon meeting, requiring Rector to post back-to-back wins Monday night to emerge as champions.

Rector defeated Walnut Ridge Friday to set up Saturday's meeting with Piggott. By winning Saturday, Piggott awaited the winner of Sunday's meeting between Rector and Walnut Ridge, which the hosts won. Piggott defeated Bald Knob and Corning earlier in the tournament to reach the semifinals.

Rector will now advance to the state tournament at Arkadelphia on July 5. A fundraiser is underway to help cover the expenses associated with travelling and staying at Arkadelphia. Pork steak dinners are being sold by supporters for $10 to raise funds for the trip. The meals include a pork steak, baked potato, corn and green beans. Plates may be purchased by contacting Nate Henderson at 595-4807.

In the nine and 10-year-old bracket, Piggott, Jackson County, Walnut Ridge and Corning reached Tuesday evening's semifinals. Piggott and Jackson County both have one loss in the double elimination tourney, whereas Corning and Walnut Ridge are currently undefeated. A Piggott win Tuesday would match the squad up with the loser of the Corning-Walnut Ridge contest at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with the winner playing wither Walnut Ridge or Corning at 8 p.m. Wednesday. If necessary, a final game will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Piggott lost their first round game to Walnut Ridge, but rebounded with a big win over Rector Monday to stay alive.

Rector fell to Corning Saturday before dropping to Piggott, as mentioned above.

Corning and Walnut Ridge are the last two teams standing in the 11 and 12-year-old bracket. A Walnut Ridge victory Tuesday would require a Wednesday night final, whereas a Corning win Tuesday would seal the championship.

Rector fell to Walnut Ridge in their first game and to Piggott Sunday in the consolation side.

Piggott fell to Corning, topped Rector and ultimately fell to Bald Knob Monday night.

In the 13 and 14-year-old division, Walnut Ridge topped Rector Sunday to win the tournament.

Rector fell to Walnut Ridge in their first game of the tourney, and then rebounded with wins over Piggott and Corning.

Piggott opened with a loss to Corning before falling to Rector.

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