Daniel Sprinkle, the younger brother of Arkansas tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, was named the MVP of the 5A state championship game Saturday afternoon.
The right-hander tossed a seven-inning complete game, allowing no earned runs on only three hits, as White Hall defeated Pulaski Academy 3-1.
Sprinkle needed 121 pitches to go the distance, while striking out eight batters and walking five. He also hit two batters with a pitch.
Pulaski Academy was hitless through five innings, but had eight base runners thanks to four walks, the two hit by pitches and a pair of errors. The errors eventually led to an unearned run on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.
However, Sprinkle locked in when the Bruins got runners into scoring position. He struck out four batters and Pulaski Academy went 1-for-8 with runners on second or third base.
The Bruins’ first hit came on Sprinkle’s 96th pitch of the game, when Hunter Freeman hit an infield single.
White Hall’s Kirk Baugh hit a lead-off home run in the fifth inning to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead, which proved to be the difference.
The game ended when Aaron Johnston tracked down what appeared to be a hit in the right-center gap and doubled up a runner at second base.
Arkansas signee Blake Wiggins went 0-for-1 at the plate for Pulaski Academy. He grounded out to third base, was hit by a pitch and intentionally walked twice.