Baseball state tournament

Jacob Lowe

Head baseball coach Kirk Bock talks to his team | photo Whitney Butler
Head baseball coach Kirk Bock talks to his team | photo Whitney Butler

With the regular season in the books, head baseball coach Kirk Bock and his team look to make this season one to remember with a championship in the state tournament which begins tomorrow.

Bryant has a first round bye and will either play Fort Smith Southside or Rogers May 17 at 3 pm.

“I think we’re playing real good,” Bock said. “We’re swinging it good and our pitching and defense has been astounding.”

Their 26-2 record put them as the second seed in the west. The team clinched their conference with a victory against El Dorado last week; their overall conference record is 13 wins and 1 loss.

“I think we’re playing great,” senior shortstop Trevor Ezell said. “Only with two losses and conference secured, I think we’re going to do great in the tourney.”

Ezell was a preseason All-American and has lived up to the hype by having two inside the park home runs and only one error.

All-Americans are a group of elite players around the United States, selected by unanimous sources who pick the best at each position.

“Trevor is an All-American,” Bock said. “He’s playing like an All-American, and I hope he keeps it up and leads us to another championship.”

Ezell isn’t the only player looking like an All-American.

“Chase Tucker is another guy that has been playing really well,” Bock said. “He’s swinging the bat really well and has been just great all year.”

Tucker is a senior center fielder and played some pitcher too.

“I feel great about our chances,” Tucker said. “If we keep playing like we are, we can definitely get to the championship and hopefully win it.”