The 9-year-old Cal Ripken Regional, that was originally played in Hattiesburg, Miss., was rained out July 27. Since the four remaining teams were from Arkansas, the finals were moved to Bentonâ€™s Bernard Holland Park. The Benton 9s, coached by Shane Pigue, were the number one seed going into bracket play after 4-0 in pool play and was chosen to host the final two games.
â€śWe set a goal to do that, because not many teams have won regionals for Benton,â€ť Pigue said. â€śTim Bennettâ€™s team has won three-in-a-row but no other Benton team has won a regional before.
â€śIt is kind of crazy.â€ť