TEXARKANA, Ark. — Arkansas High's baseball program was on a roll before the COVID-19 scare, which postponed their season until schools are allowed to begin again.
The Hogs were riding a 2-game winning streak, heading into two varsity baseball tournaments before being sent back after the Arkansas Activities Association suspended play.
"Well, we only played two games and we were headed to the Conway tournament when they sent us home," Arkansas High head baseball coach Layne Berry said. "We had two big tournaments coming up and I didn't want to burn anyone out.
"I hope we get a chance to get back out there. I think this is probably my best shot in seven years to win the whole thing. When you have a kid like Cody Adcock on the mound, he can beat anyone in the state. We also have some guys behind him that can swing it. Braylon Bishop, Jackson Harris and Graydon Martin are all guys that were swinging the bats well for us. Ty Waid has stepped up behind the plate for us as a freshman."
Berry has three seniors he would like to continue the season with, so he can send those guys out on a good note.
"I hate it for our seniors, they want play," Berry said. "Braylen Dyer, Logan Rhinehart and Adcock are our three seniors. We have a group text and we try to keep the guys informed as much as possible. It's really hard for me because they AAA hasn't made a final ruling yet. A group of coaches have talked within the conference, so if there's anyway possible we can get together and do something for the kids, we want to do it. Maybe draw seeding out a hat and play a double-elimination state tournament. Hopefully, we can get something for the seniors across the state, especially the three here at Arkansas High."
Even if the season is canceled by the AAA, AHS is returning a majority of its current roster.
"Losing Cody on the mound is going to be a big loss for us," Berry said. "We have some underclassmen that can really swing it and play defense. We have Bishop in the outfield, Martin at Shortstop, Waid behind the plate and Harris at third. Darby Sawyer is at first and Jackson Tye is a guy we're expecting good things out of. We're excited for the future for sure, but we don't want to give up hope for the season, especially with a guy like Adcock on the mound. "
The Razorbacks have even found facilities around the area to stay active during this quarantine period.
"We've had to run guys off the field due to school closures, but you love to see that enthusiasm out of them," Berry said. "They're finding ways to get it done. Cedric Harris and Nick Bishop run the Ark-La-Tex Swing Lab, so some of the guys have been going there to get their cuts in. There's also a few other cages around town they use. The pitchers are throwing, so hopefully we can pick right up and go.
"I'm going to limit our pitchers whenever we get back to action. I'm not sure how much bullpen they've thrown and the safety of our kids is my No. 1 concern."