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NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Bentonville's Bryce Davis safely steals second as the throw gets away from Fayetteville second baseman Quin Rudzinski on Monday, May 2, 2016, at Bentonville.
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Bentonville’s Bryce Davis safely steals second as the throw gets away from Fayetteville second baseman Quin Rudzinski on Monday, May 2, 2016, at Bentonville.

COACH Scott Gallagher

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS 18-15, 8-6 7A-West

KEY PLAYERS C Alex Blagg (5-10, 170, Sr.), SS/P Hayes Cox (5-10, 170), RHP/OF Jackson Sloan (6-3, 175, Sr.), Miller Pleimann (6-3, 175, Jr.), Teddy Asp (6-0, 170, Sr.), IF Cody Smith (5-8, 160, Sr.), 2B Quin Rudzinski (5-10, 170).

TOP NEWCOMERS IF Logan Carr (Sr., 5-9, 180), RHP Luke Davenport (Fr., 5-10, 190).

THE SKINNY Two key cogs of the offense and defense return in Hayes Cox and Alex Blagg. … Cox, an Arkansas Tech signee, is back at shortstop and will be a mainstay in the middle of the lineup, Gallagher said. He also will contribute as a pitcher. … Blagg, a returning starter at catcher, had a “great spring and is one of our top hitters,” the second-year coach said. … Gallagher said the team “is looking for big things on the mound” from Jackson Sloan, who was limited by an injury last season. “He’s got a really good upside and a bright future. We’ve just got to keep him healthy.” Gallagher said. … Logan Carr transferred from Springdale High, where he played shortstop last season. … Quin Rudzinki had a game-winning hit against Springdale Har-Ber last season and will be again counted on in the clutch. … Luke Davenport could see mound work because “he doesn’t look like a normal freshman.” His older brother, Cody Davenport, is a former Bulldogs player who will be Central Arkansas’ ace pitcher as a sophomore this season.

Mike Capshaw
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Mike Capshaw

Sports writer at NWA Media
Mike primarily covers Fayetteville and Farmington.
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