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TEXARKANA, Ark. — The Texarkana Arkansas American Legion Razorbacks are ready to play.

The Razorbacks are led by first-year senior coach and director Matt Riddle in 2020.

"We have a full schedule now," Riddle said. "We were able to start on June 1. We had our junior/senior game this week and it was a good turnout. We're going to have Tuesday night doubleheaders and tournaments on the weekend that we've set up. We'll also have the state tournament in July.

"Our season got pushed back due to COVID-19, but the guys are excited they're going to get to have a full season."

The Razorbacks have had to endure a long layoff, which Riddle believes will be a positive for his squad this season.

The Razorbacks host Camden Pulpwood in their home opener on June 16.

"Ultimately, everything we do is for the kids," Riddle said. "Our guys lost two months of their high school season and they also lost two weeks of playing American Legion. It's going to be a good season.

"I have a rock solid team that's just now getting a chance to play together. We meshed really well in our first scrimmage. They did everything they should've done and we haven't been playing ball for the past few months. They looked like they never took any time off. It showed in our scrimmage. We ended up putting up 16 runs overall. I think the offseason they ran into not being able to play in school, gave a bunch of those guys that itch back. They are ready to play some ball."

Riddle and his coaching staff have assembled a talented group in a shortened season. American Legion has decided to cancel the regional tournaments and World Series. American Legion teams around the country will have to resort to playing for a state championship as the ultimate goal to play for this season.

"They canceled our World Series and the regional tournaments," Riddle said. "I'm upset that that had to happen but I couldn't be more excited to get to play ball. I'm happy these kids get to go out and do what they all love to do.

"We are going to win the state tournament. Every time we break a huddle, I let the guys know we're going to win the state tournament. That's just the way it's going to be."

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