Houston Junior Legion Teams get set to travel

HOUSTON – The Houston Travelers will be on the road again this summer as the Junior Legion team prepares to take the field May 31 in their opening game in Pontotoc.
Coaches Scott Gann and Coty Cox will again split the older and younger players into two teams, but with a slight twist this year.
“We have decided to go with two high school teams this summer,” Gann said.
Gann explained that most area schools have already gone this route to allow their incoming varsity players to gain more experience over the summer season.
“We have a great opportunity to get some vital experience this summer,” Gann said. “We can get more innings and at-bats with our older guys by splitting up the high school.”
The Junior Legion team will be comprised of older players, sophomore through seniors, and the Junior Toppers will pick up with the spring’s freshmen and eighth grade players.
“We pulled up a few seventh graders to fill out the roster,” Gann said. “We try to look at new and different avenues each year to improve the baseball program and this was the best fit for us at this point.”
A compromise between Junior Legion ball and the MSHAA will afford the athletes more playing opportunities as well.
“The State Junior Legion tournament is back on the schedule which will give us another opportunity to play some stiff competition at the end of the summer,” Gann said. “The MHSAA gave us the go-ahead and said playing under the name of American Legion and playing other Legion teams would not count against our 12 playing dates that all schools are required to stick to for the summer.”
Gann said he is looking forward to the players experiencing the Hattiesburg fields during tournament play and appreciates the local American Legion Post #95 for their continued endorsement of the program.
“We cannot thank the American Legion men enough for the support they give us each summer,” Gann said.

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Junior Legion 2011
Will Faulkner
Ross Moore
Josh White
Brennan Pugh
Danny Springer
Blake Johns
Blake Shankle
Sharone Wright
Jacob Harmon
Kyle Wilson
Peyton Callahan
Quon Brand
Austin Foster
Kody Kimbrough
Cody Myers

Junior Legion Schedule
May 31 @ Pontotoc, 5&7
June 4 @ Booneville tourney
June 6 @ New Albany, 5&7
June 9 vs. North Pontotoc, 5&7
June 10 vs Bruce, 5&7
June 13 vs. East Webster, 5&7
June 16 vs. New Albany, 5&7
June 20 vs. Ackerman, 5&7
June 21 @ Saltillo, 5&7
June 23-28 NEMCABB tourney
June 28 @ North Pontotoc, 5&7
July 14-16 Junior Legion tourney @ Oak Grove

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Junior Toppers 2011
Austin Burdine
Casey Love
Devin Orr
Jasper Harmon
Brandon Townsend
Drew Myatt
Garrison Howell
Reid Carter
Justin Kimbrough
Clay Faulkner
Denver McQuary
Hunter Moore

Junior Toppers Schedule
May 31 @ Pontotoc, 5&7
June 2 @ Pontotoc, 10&12
June 6 @ Ackerman, 5&7
June 9 @ North Pontotoc, 5&7
June 13 vs. IAHS, 10&12
June 14 @ Bruce, 5&7
June 16 vs. Amory, 10&12
June 20 @ IAHS, 4&6
June 21 vs. Saltillo, 5&7
June 22 @ Amory, 10&12
June 28 vs. North Pontotoc, 5&7
June 30 @ South Pontotoc, 5&7

Lisa Voyles/Chickasaw Journal