A pair of future Razorbacks led their high school teams to state championships at Baum Stadium Friday.
In the first game of the day, Arkansas football commit Austin Capps played in Star City’s 4-3 nine-inning win over Arkadelphia in the Class 4A state title game.
Capps struggled at the plate, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk, but the Bulldogs won on a walkoff single in extra innings. (High school games are typically seven innings.)
“It’s awesome,” Capps said. “I would strikeout every time to win a state championship, that’s how I feel.”
In football, Capps is a four-star defensive tackle. He is rated as the No. 167 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by scout.
While he wasn’t playing on the gridiron, Capps said he enjoyed playing in Fayetteville, his future home.
“It’s a little different than what I’m going to do when I get up here, but it was awesome,” Capps said. “It’s been a great experience.”
With a state championship under his belt, Capps will begin spring football practice next week.
In the third game of the day, Arkansas baseball signee Cody Scroggins helped Bentonville beat Conway 6-5 in the Class 7A state title game.
The shortstop went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and run scored. He would have had an RBI, but a runner on third scored on a balk before his lone hit of the game.
“It feels great,” Scroggins said. “It’s everything we’ve worked for all year and we finally pulled it out at the end.”
Winning the championship in his last game with the Tigers at Baum Stadium was particularly special for Scroggins because it’ll be where he plays in college.
The win also capped a career in which Scroggins also won two Class 7A state championships in football. He was named the MVP of this year’s football title game.
That said, he is excited to join the Razorbacks.
“I’m not nervous at all,” Scroggins said. “This chapter ends and you open up a new one, so I’m ready to get started.”
Here are a couple of other notes from the first day of state championships at Baum Stadium.
-Bentonville pitcher Kasey Ford was named the MVP of the 7A state championship game, tossing a complete game on 130 pitches. He allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits and five walks, while striking out six in seven innings of work. Ford is committed to Kansas State for baseball, but he is a three-star quarterback in football with an offer from Louisville and interest from several schools, including Arkansas.
-Conway shortstop Jacob Adams went 1-for-3 with a walk. He also displayed solid defense, making a couple of tough plays. He is committed to play baseball at Arkansas.
Capps, Scroggins Win Baseball State Titles
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