Nashville's Chris Willard named 2018 Ralph Gross Scholarship Award

NASHVILLE, AR -- Nashville High School student/athlete Chris Willard has been named the 2018 Ralph Gross Scholarship, announced Jeff Gross, son of the late Scrapper five-sport standout who the award is named after.

Willard, a shortstop/pitcher on the defending state champion baseball team has helped lead Coach Kyle Slayton's Scrappers 24-4 record with hopes of repeating as Arkansas State Champions.

Chris will play baseball next season at Ouachita Baptist University for Coach Kyle Hope in Arkadelphia.

He is currently batting .397 with nine doubles, 23 runs scored and 25 RBI's offensively. On the mound, Willard is 6-1 with an 3.06 ERA and a save. He has struck-out 40 batters while giving up only 10 walks in 43.1 innings pitched.

"Chris Willard is probably the best shortstop I have ever coached," said Slayton. "The last year his level of play has hit the rood and OBU is getting a ball player."

Since 2003, the Gross Family has awarded a scholarship to an senior athlete at Nashville High who plans to go to college to play sports and earn a degree. Willard is the 16th award winner.

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