Well the annual tradition of playing a Mid-Season Tournament continues in Arkansas with the 4 Central Little Rock Teams being the only representatives this year, guess NWA and WATA decided to save their $150 and play with each other back home, more like beatdown their weaker step-brother to advance to State.
So with that said lets look at matches:
Match #1 2:00 PM Saturday
Birch v. Kiker: Already played one full match with Birch winning 4-1, think will see the same score, Kiker may have a few more of their players this time, but so will Birch. 1st match Birch did not have a few big guns playing, such as Hoffmann, Gilliland, and Byrd. Expect them both to play as well as the addition of Herring who appears to be eligible by the skin of his teeth. Just do not see Kiker having any chance to pull this out. Doubtful the team will miss Lyon, Hudson or Edens for this match
Miller v. Robinson: Much like the other match-up, see this one going 4-1 as well for Miller. Just do not see where Robinson wins a line unless Miller throws out his B-Team, no names going to be given out. Expect Miller to roll out a stout team to shake off some rust, will Bailey be healthy for the weekend, can Matthews continue his doubles dominance from 2013.
Match #2 8:00 AM Sunday
Let the fun begin
Robinson v. Kiker: Could be an interesting match depending on who is awake early enough, going to go with Kiker 3-2 with a few MTB's. All about match-ups.
Kiker should have best player in Taunton, but Robinson is a veteran team with some good players. Not sure who goes out in singles for either team except for maybe Clem for Kiker, assume K Luneau for Robinson. Split the singles and Kiker takes 2/3 doubles
Miller v. Birch: For all of the marbles here. Who will be able to shake off the crusties for this match. Again all about the match-up. Not having Hudson will hurt in this case.
1S: Hoffmann v P. Murphy
2S: Garretson v. Bailey (if healthy) or Clifford
1D: Delco/Gilliland v. Matt Jones/Miller
2D: Byrd/Jones v Matthews/Bourdo
3D: Herring/Birch v Heflin Bros.
Overall think in gut will go to Miller 4-1 with several close matches.
Match #3 2:00 PM Sunday
Miller v. Kiker: Steam roll time should be 5-0 but probably end up 4-1 or 3-2. Will too much energy be used in the 8 AM match by Miller would be the kicker.
Do not see a path to victory for Kiker, fight hard but just not there with the guns.
Birch v Robinson: again similar to other match should be a 5-0 romp but probably 4-1, Robinson could sneak one out but will be tough unless Birch is tired from morning match and can not field their strongest team.
Just my opinion as I will watch from the sidelines this weekend unfortunately. Should be entertaining to track at the least.
Good Luck to all teams