Battle of the Beach rapidly expanding in second year
When Biloxi Head Coach Eddie Lofton started Battle of the Beach in 2017 the original field was comprised of 30 teams.
Just one year later, the mastermind behind the week-long high school baseball showcase has seen his event expand by more than 50 percent. This time around, 47 teams are getting in on the action which is being played across eight local high schools in addition to seven games at MGM Park later in the week.
All in all, upwards of 80 matches will have taken place between Monday and Saturday with teams from five different states taking the diamond. Consider it an alternative spring break. “All these schools that are coming in from out of town – basically everything north of Wiggins is on Spring Break now. And then all of these other states that are coming in, this is their spring break as well. So for them to be able to come down to the Coast, enjoy seafood, enjoy everything that Biloxi and Gulfport and Ocean Springs have to offer, it’s a great venue. And that’s a great thing for Biloxi, too. It should be very good for the economics throughout the week for our three towns, so I’m very pleased and happy that we could get it going.”
Starting Friday and running through Saturday, the local teams playing at MGM Park are Harrison Central, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport versus George County, and West Harrison against St. Martin.