Rascals prepare for opening day

First pitch is only another week away, as the inaugural season of the Cotton States Baseball League is coming together.

CSBL held their draft Sunday night, with players being distributed among the four teams. While many athletes are still playing at their respective colleges and universities, coaches are working even harder to complete their rosters in preparation for the June 1 opening day, including New Albany’s own Tallahatchie Rascals.

“Things are going good on the recruiting front,” Rascals head coach Chris Basil said. “We’ve had a couple players back out and we’re working on filling positions.”

Basil is most excited about his pitching staff, which will include several names already familiar with Union County.

“Our pitching staff is looking like one of the strongest in the league,” Basil explained.

Included in the line up are Northeast left hander and former Urchin Zane Treadaway, along with fellow Tiger teammate and former Bulldog standout Brad Luna.

“Luna has a terrific curve ball and consistently throws about 87-88,” Basil said of the Union County native.

Basil also inked Collierville High School teammates Austin Anderson, originally of East Union and Daymon Erikson. Anderson will play at Tennessee Tech next year, while Erikson will join Northeast.

Former Itawamba CC Indians Jason Howell and Chris Huggins will also join the staff, as well as Northeast stud and Ole Miss signee Jon Andy Scott.

Basil lost one of his top recruits in Cody Trotter of Alabama. Trotter was batting .421 for the Crimson Tide before an arm injury earlier in the season, but Basil has worked hard to fill the void. There’s also no surprise that the East Union coach is looking to some former players to fill his roster, as Drew Dillard and M.J. McWhorter help round out the lineup.

As far as the playing facilities, Legion Field is coming together, as the dugouts are in place, as well as the brick wall lining the infield. Basil had a chance to look at the construction Wednesday and is excited about the improvements.

“I was looking at the field, and it’s coming together and looking great,” Basil said. “I’m excited and looking forward to playing at the field.”

Basil’s Rascals will take the field on opening night, as they are scheduled to take on the Tupelo Thunder at 6:00 p.m. in a double header.