More than a half dozen USM baseball players could be taking the diamond again in less than a month as a part of the Deep South Summer Collegiate League, founded by Gulfport Assistant Coach Colton Caver.
Those being Billy Garrity, Gabe Montenegro, Fisher Norris, Walker Powell, Tyler Spring, Hunter Stanley, and Reed Trimble, ranging from freshmen repeats all the way up to the now sixth year senior Mr. Powell.
The ‘Southern Miss Seven’ will even be joined by former Golden Eagle Kirk McCarty who is set to coach one of the eight teams, if his minor league season with the Cleveland Indians is ultimately canceled due to COVID-19. McCarty said, “Yeah, I think it’s super unique because in this league you’ll have seniors coming out of high school trying to kind of learn the college game a little bit, see what that change of pace looks like and get at-bats. And then you’ll have JUCO guys trying to go Division I, and then we’ll have some Division I arms and some bats, so that’ll be cool for them to see. But then you’ve got guys like Walker Powell who are trying to get drafted. And if he doesn’t get drafted, in this shortened draft before, he might find himself playing in that league in a completely different role. So it’s going to be a very unique league.”
McCarty says he could even assume a player-coach role if he gets the green-light from the Indians.
The league is slated to start on June 13th.