On April 17, White Hall Bulldogs senior Woody Raines signed his national letter of intent to play baseball for the Arkansas Baptist College Buffalos.
Raines has been on the radar of ABC head baseball coach Spencer Adcock since the summer, and they've built a relationship since then.
Since taking over last summer, Adcock has been big on recruiting kids that are in the Central Arkansas area, and they're pleased to have Raines come aboard.
"I ran into Woody at a senior Babe Ruth Regional tournament up in Fayetteville, Arkansas," Adcock said." "He was pitching, and he hit a little bit. I talked to his coach and got his name and started following him. We followed Woody and a few other guys. I took over in July of last year. My biggest push is to get as many Central Arkansas kids as I can get."
This season, Raines has played in 21/22 of the Bulldogs games. With 59 at-bats so far, Raines is averaging .339, and he leads the team with 19 RBI's.
On the mound, Raines has pitched 18 innings. Though 18 innings, he's thrown 33 strikeouts while only giving up 14 hits.
White Hall Bulldogs Head Coach Shane Harp has coached Raines since his junior high days. For Harp, the thing that has helped Raines the most over the years is his maturity.
"From day one, since I had him in junior varsity up to today, he's a totally different person," Harp said. "He's grown up a lot. He's become a great leader on the field, and he works hard. Anything I ask to do he does without question. Him maturing like that has helped him get to the next level."
Harp expects ABC to utilize Raines on the mound, but he knows he'll also have the chance to help out as a hitter as well.
"I think they're probably going to pitch him, but they're looking for hitters also," Harp said. "I see him playing multiple positions, pitching and playing third."
For Raines, he's just going to continue to do what he's been doing. ABC showed that they had a genuine interest, and that's what stood out for Raines the most while making his decision.
"I'm just going to do whatever they ask me to do," Raines said. "They're the ones who made the most contact with me. Whoever had the most interest in me is where I wanted to go."
Playing at White Hall has been a great experience, according to Raines. Accomplishing the goal of winning a state title is still on Raines' to-do list, and he wants to make the most out of the time he has left as a Bulldog.
"It's been the time of my life," Raines said. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's been a fun ride and, hopefully, we can keep competing and come out on top by winning state."