Arkansas Sticks, loaded with UA commits, ready for the Perfect Game event
The Brewster/White Sox Arkansas Sticks 18-U scout team, which includes nine Razorbacks baseball commitments, will compete in the 24th Annual Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association World Championship.
The event in Jupiter, Florida is considered amateur baseball’s biggest fall event. It begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday and features 88 of the nation’s top travel teams and more than 1,500 of the country’s top prospects playing on 13 pitches.
Hundreds of Major League Baseball varsity scouts and coaches are expected.
With so many prospects playing and spread across many courses, the Perfect Game website offers a link for scouts and coaches to rent golf carts to maximize their ability to see as many prospects as possible.
Sticking coach Chase Brewster is thrilled to show off his team’s talent.
“Being able to represent Arkansas State, the Sticks and now the White Sox in the biggest tournament of the year is a surreal feeling, and I know everyone is excited,” Brewster said. “Thirty-one players from 14 different states are hard to pull off. Nearly a third of the committed roster in Arkansas is incredible.
Arkansas Commitments Kade Smith, 6-0, 190, of Harding Academy, and wide receiver Ty Waid, 6-1, 215, of Texarkana, Ark., represent the Class of 2023.
The Sticks have five Class of 2024 commitments at Arkansas on the roster wide receiver Lawson Ward, 6-1, 190, of Valley View High School, right-hander Ross Felder, 6-2, 178, of Springdale Har-Ber, right- handed pitcher Lance Davis, 6-4, 185, of Jonesboro, outfielder Brenton Clark, 6-2, 178, of Pleasant Grove, Texas, and outfielder Cameron Carter, 6-2, 185, of Olathe, Kan.
Brewster praised the recruiting efforts of Razorbacks hitting coach and scouting coordinator Nate Thompson and pitching coach Matt Hobbs.
“Nate and Matt have done such a good job recruiting for the Razorbacks obviously, so if they’re good enough to play for them, they’re good enough to play for us,” Brewster said. “Ty Waid will be in the three holes tomorrow. Brenton Clark in left field, Kade Smith in right field, Cam Carter in center field. That’s quite a Razorback outfield playing together two years up front.
The Sticks feature two Arkansas promises in 2025 in right-handed pitchers Mark Brissey, 6-3, 210, of Batesville, and Russ Martin, 6-0, 200, of Rose Bud.
“One of the things I’m most excited about is the two youngest guys on the team playing with the big guys this weekend,” Brewster said. “They’re both going to throw Day 1 out of the bullpen. Both were up to 92 mph.
“They can get their feet wet early and have the experience. Isn’t that cool?”
Other in-state talent playing for the Sticks include Clinton’s Tripp Landers, who is a TCU commitment; Ty Ridley of Springdale Har-Ber, member of Crowder College (Mo.) Junior College; and Charlie Carter of Little Rock Christian, engaged in Oklahoma State.