Fifth annual Battle of the Beach underway
One of the premier high school baseball showcase events in the state of Mississippi is underway right here on the Gulf Coast.
Over the next nine days at nine different parks, 43 teams from three different states will play a grand total of 86 games as a part of the fifth annual Battle at the Beach.
Of the 24 MHSAA schools from the six coastal counties, 18 of them will be represented in the games that started yesterday, running all the way through next Saturday.
The main difference this year is the lack of games played at Biloxi’s MGM Park due to COVID-19, but otherwise, Biloxi Head Baseball Coach Eddie Lofton, who helped start the event, says it is business as usual. “It’s a great tournament. We started this five years ago. All of the other local high schools – the Gulfports and the Ocean Springs and West Harrisons and Harrison Centrals and D’Iberville and St. Martin – all those guys, they jumped right in there. It’s something that’s really, really grown. The coaches there have bought into it and they want it to grow and it’s just good baseball. If you’re really a baseball fanatic and you really like to watch baseball, come to one of the local parks over the weekend.”
Coach Lofton says this year’s event is down from 57 teams to 43 teams due to COVID-19, but expects next year’s field to exceed 60 teams from several different states.