State Games All-Star Baseball takes place this week under new format
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - One of the most popular State Games of Mississippi events each year is happening this week in the Queen City.
The All-Star Baseball Tournament will be held July 9-11 at Meridian Community College’s Scaggs Field.
With the coronavirus pandemic, there was uncertainty surrounding how many players may try out for this year’s tournament. Commissioner Eddie Lofton shared that participation was surprisingly up even with the virus still spreading.
“For five out of the eight districts, we averaged 20 or more players trying out than we’ve had the last few years,” Lofton said. “I think that’s because everybody is ready to get out. They realize how important it is to be looked at by these college coaches that will be here this week.”
On Wednesday, players from across the state will descend upon Meridian to complete their check-ins. From there, scout workouts will be held for each of the eight districts in the tournament.
Scouts at all levels of college baseball come to watch the State Games’ tournament each year.
“It’s a big deal. Any players that have always had aspirations of going on to college and maybe haven’t gotten a scholarship just yet, this is the place to be in Mississippi,” Lofton said. “Basically every single college in Mississippi, whether it be JUCO, DI, DII, DIII, NAIa, all of them have somebody watching this event so they can report back to them so it really is a big deal.”
This year’s format will differ from years past which used a College World Series two bracket style. This year, the eight districts will be divided up into two pools with four districts in each pool. Each district will compete against the other districts in its pool to determine a first place winner. Once winners from each pool have been determined, those two districts then compete against each other in the tournament’s championship.
Games will be held at 10 am, 12:30 pm, 3 pm and 5:30 pm on Thursday and Friday.
The schedule breaks down which districts will be competing against each other on what days.
Districts 4 and 5 feature local players from schools such as West Lauderdale, Clarkdale, Newton County, Neshoba Central and Wayne County.
Full rosters for each district can be found here.
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