By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
Cotton States is looking for a few more high school baseball players.
With Sunday’s conclusion of its college league, the popular Cotton States organization is ready to turn in its focus to high school baseball as the sign-up deadline for its fall league is fast approaching.
“We’re projecting 240-250 players for the high school league, and five or six teams for the junior high league,” said Cotton States operation director Frank Dodds. “The league has certainly progressed to a point where it is the place to be.”
The registration deadline for the September-October fall schedule is Saturday.
Cotton States just completed a July schedule of high school games with 13 teams and approximately 160 players. Those players should have already indicated to their team coach from July they were going to play in the fall, or contact the league directly.
Dodds indicates that 90 players which did not participate in July have already signed up for the fall.
“This league really gives players a chance to develop their skills, and compete against contemporaries,” Dodds said. “If you want to get better, and want to get exposure, this is the place to be.”
The high school division is open to baseball players in grades 9-12, while the junior high division is open to players in grades 7-8.
While the just completed July schedule only featured 12 games per team, the fall slate will also include a playoff of some of the top teams, similar to the just completed college tournament.
“Last fall, we were able to do a limited playoff,” Dodds said. “This is something to strive for the teams.
Dodds also indicated he expects there to be about 20 teams for the fall. The league will play its contests on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, plus will strive to avoid playing on Saturdays that Ole Miss and Mississippi State have home football games.
Find more information on the Cotton States high school league at msbfallleague.com.