Rector Squad Makes Good Showing at State Tournament

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Members of the Rector seven and eight-year-old Little League team which competed recently in the State Tournament at Arkadelphia are, from left: Front--Holden Linam, Drew Henderson, Kaden Avery, Jack Murray and Cooper Rabjohn. Middle--Ashton Scott, Brett Fair, Ethen Stoelting, Kameron Jones, Landon Haywood and Samual Shipley. Back--Coaches David Jones, Matt Rabjohn, Nate Henderson and Chris Haywood.

The Rector eight-and-under All-Stars recently wrapped up a successful season with a trip to the Little League State Tournament at Arkadelphia beginning July 5.

The Rector squad advanced to the state level by winning their district title. They defeated a very good Piggott squad, who also took part in the state tournament at Arkadelphia, in back-to-back games to win the district crown.

Rector began state play with a 16-15 loss to Malvern on Friday, July 5. The boys in blue bounced back the following day with a Saturday morning win over Ashdown, 15-6, but bowed out of the double-elimination tourney with a 7-6 loss to Arkadelphia Saturday afternoon.

"We went in there knowing we would be the smallest team there," coach Matt Rabjohn said. "The boys were ready and they played well. We played some really good teams, and lost our two games by one run each. We played well, but in both those games we came up just a little bit short. You can't do anything but take your hat off to those teams because we did a good job and they did, too."

Members of the Rector squad include Ashton Scott, Brett Fair, Ethen Stoelting, Kameron Jones, Landon Haywood, Samual Shipley, Holden Linam, Drew Henderson, Kaden Avery, Jack Murray and Cooper Rabjohn. The team was coached by Matt Rabjohn, Nate Henderson, Chris Haywood and David Jones.

The team took part in fundraisers to cover the expenses related to their trip. A large outpouring of support made not only the trip to state, but the entire season possible.

"There were so many people who came out and supported us," Rabjohn said. "The whole community was behind us. It was just amazing. Everything from fundraisers to traveling to the games, the community was with us every step of the way."

Rabjohn sees a bright future for the young group.

"When you have a group like this, it's just so much fun. These kids are going to be fun to watch for years to come; not only in baseball, but in all three sports. If they stick with it, they can be one of those special groups that only come along every so often."

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