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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BASEBALL / TENNIS -

Bran­don Laney

SCHOOL Ben­tonville

SPORT Base­ball

YEAR GRAD­U­ATED 2002 EM­PLOYED BY Wal-Mart CUR­RENT RES­I­DENCE Ben­tonville NO­TABLE Was the win­ning pitcher in Ben­tonville’s 4-3 vic­tory over Fayet­teville in the 2002 Class 5A state cham­pi­onship base­ball game at Baum Sta­dium … Pitched five-plus in­nings be­fore an es­ti­mated at­ten­dance of 5,500, a record crowd for a high school base­ball game in Arkansas at that time. … Al­lowed three runs on seven hits while strik­ing out eight, seven of them com­ing in the first three in­nings. … Had a 6-2 record with a 2.31 ERA over his se­nior sea­son, while lead­ing the Tigers with five com­plete games and 52 strike­outs. … Went to North­east­ern Ok­la­homa A&M, but his col­lege base­ball ca­reer was short­ened by in­juries. … Had a try­out in Fayet­teville with the Chicago White Sox af­ter his se­nior sea­son, then tried out for three teams af­ter his fresh­man year in col­lege. … Be­came a stu­dent strength and con­di­tion­ing coach at Arkansas, then went to Chicago for a year as a phys­i­cal trainer. … Plans to be­gin nurs­ing school in Au­gust.

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