FORT SMITH — Trey Prieur returns just four regulars from last year’s AAA American Legion baseball state champion Fort Smith Sportsman, but he’s got an ace in the hole.

Pitcher Connor Johnson, who helped Van Buren to a Class 5A state title, will join the Sportsman this summer.

Johnson, a Central Arkansas signee, went 13-0 on the mound for the Pointers and should help anchor the pitching staff.

Prieur, who begins his 10th year as the head coach of the AAA Sportsman, said bringing a state title back to Fort Smith was an incredible feeling.

“We’re pretty dang proud of

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