In the midst of Coronavirus cancellations across the sporting world, we talk a lot about the games that aren’t being played.
But that isn’t stopping one local high school baseball coach from talking about the games that will be played.
Gulfport Assistant Colton Caver tells News 25 he’s starting up a summer baseball league for committed or enrolled junior college players.
Caver plans on capping the first year limit at 120 guys who will then be divided into four to six teams to play about a 20 game season, beginning June 13th.
Obviously, COVID-19 could have something to say about that, but either way Caver says the foundation to hit the ground running either this year or next year will already be in place.
He says 60 players have already committed to playing, 25 of them hailing from right here on the Gulf Coast.
This opportunity is first come, first serve so Caver is urging interested players to join the movement asap. “Most of the kids we have wanting to play right now and signed up to play are kids already in college. And my big focus from here on out is trying to get a lot of those seniors in high school who have already committed to play at the next level and to get the word out to them, because it’s going to be more important for them than anybody cause they just lost two-thirds of their season. And if they go six months without competition and try to go play college baseball, they’re going to be behind. Especially if we don’t go back to school, and that’s the big thing that I really wanted to push out tonight to those high school seniors who have already committed to go play somewhere.”
Caver says all the games will all be played in the Hattiesburg area at area high schools and colleges.
News 25 will bring you this full story tomorrow night at 9 and 10 where you’ll get to hear from some of the local players more than ready to get back on the diamond.
Now let’s take a look at that local high school breakdown, by the amount of committed players.
Gulfport, West Harrison and Vancleave lead the way with four alumni a piece, followed by Biloxi at three, and St. Stanislaus at two.
D’Iberville, George County, Harrison Central, Pascagoula, Picayune, Resurrection Catholic, St. Martin and St. Patrick all currently have one.
Caver says about ten colleges are also represented including commitments to Mississippi State, South Alabama, and Southeastern Louisiana.