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“Honor the Game” collegiate baseball league debuts in Meridian

Players huddle together following the conclusion of opening day of the "Honor the Game" Collegiate Wood Bat League
Players huddle together following the conclusion of opening day of the "Honor the Game" Collegiate Wood Bat League(WTOK Sports)
Published: Jun. 12, 2020 at 12:48 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - With notable summer leagues like the Cape Code League being cancelled due to safety concerns, college baseball players were left with limited options regarding how they would get reps in this summer. The Honor the Game Wood Bat League would be the answer for those players.

Honor the Game, which is run by East Coast Sox Baseball, made its debut in Meridian on Thursday afternoon. The first games of the day took place at 1 pm with longtime Mississippi State baseball coach Ron Polk, alongside Mayor Percy Bland, throwing out the first pitch.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher and Mississippi State All-American Eric DuBose, who serves as vice president of East Coast Sox Baseball, shared his favorite part about opening day of the new league.

“Just watching these young men be back playing the game they love that they've had taken away from them for the last two and a half months and being able to get out here and compete again,” DuBose said. “It was an awesome day, awesome weather, the fields are in great shape…we love being here in meridian and just seeing these guys back out here doing what they do was just an absolute joy.”

The league will run until the end of July with playoffs being held July 25-26 and the championship game taking place July 26. Four teams make up the league with their names drawing inspiration from minor league affiliates. Team names include the Bluerocks, Grasshoppers, Lugnuts and Rockhounds.

League games are played every Mon. and Thurs. at Q.V. Sykes Park. The league is following safety guidelines as implemented by the Mississippi State Department of Health and is encouraging fans to come out and watch games while social distancing.

“At Sykes Complex we’ve got a lot of open area for people to be able to sit, set up tents and have their own little area,” DuBose said. “A lot of these guys are playing in the SEC, you’re going to have a lot of guys one day be high draft picks and some guys that are going to be playing on TV soon. We encourage folks to come out and watch and let’s play some baseball!”

More information about Honor the Game can be found on the East Coast Sox website below:

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