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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Mammoth Spring’s Konnor Alexander slides in safely under Calico Rock’s Tyler Stowers as umpire Kevin Wray keeps a close eye on the action. See full story and additional pictures on page 6 of the April 29 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Tri County’s 7-year-old All-Star baseball team won the Cal Ripken State Championship title in Siloam Springs 4th of July weekend.
The team consists of players from Izard County, Norfork, Viola, and Melbourne.
In bracket play, Tri County defeated Fayetteville 4-3 in 7 innings, Jonesboro 15-8, and Madison County (Huntsville) 8-4 before out scoring NEA Central Battlecatz 13-5 in the title game. The title now provides them an invitation to play in the 7 year old Cal Ripken Southwest Regional tournament in Madisonville, LA on July 18.
The Tri County 7s also won the Cal Ripken Invitational baseball Tournament title in Jonesboro in June.
In bracket play Tri County downed the Bootheel Ballers 9-2 in the semi final round and defeated the Blytheville 7s 16-12 in the finals.state