5A State Championship: Sylvan Hills vs Watson Chapel

Brian Walker
Arkansas Scouting Director

Time: Friday May 18th 12:30 PM at Baum Stadium

Sylvan Hills


Head Coach: Denny Tipton

Conference: 12-2 5A Central

State Titles: 7 Last in 2008

Road to Baum: Beat Batesville 7-0, Beat White Hall 8-5, Beat Greenbrier 11-8

Sylvan Hills is playing as good as anyone coming into the championship game and look to get their first title since 2008. A tall task against Watson Chapel, but an offense that has played well and scored runs all season. Nick Fakouri isn't scared of the big matchup as he has pitched big inning for Sylvan Hills all season. This will be an old fashion battle and look for it to come down to whoever executes or who hits the Home Run.

Projected Starting Lineup:

RF    Kyle Clayton

2B    Ryan Lumpkin

C    Chaz Poppy

P    Nick Fakouri

1B    Ray Young

3B    Jason Neeley

SS    Gage Taylor

DH    Zac Cook

CF    Payton Terry

Watson Chapel:

Record: 23-7

Head Coach: Chad Cope

Conference: 7-2 5A South

State Titles: 4 Lsst in 2000

Road to Baum: Beat Farmington 8-1, Beat LRCA 11-3, Beat Valley View 12-3

Watson Chapel makes its first trip back to the title game since 2012 as Coach Cope has a very talented team. Definitely no surprise they are playing this weekend as they have a very deep team offensively and defensively with a nice mesh of upper and underclassman. With Kaleb Hill on the mound they are very tough to beat and Tink Hence in the bullpen should be a battle between great pitching verse a great offense in Sylvan Hills.

Projected Starting Lineup:

SS    Gionti Turner

LF    Kevin Compton

CF    Jakobi Jackson

1B    Andrew Morgan

2B    Gabe Starks

DH    Trent Goodman

C    Garrett Dennis

3B    Randy Little JR

RF    Jayln Williams

SP    Kaleb Hill

PBR Staff Predictions:

Walker: Watson Chapel

Gardenhire: Sylvan Hills

Lambert: Watson Chapel