By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
Northeast Mississippi’s active summer high school baseball schedule will begin to conclude as regional action at six sites begin today in the NEMCABB Summer Championships.
A total to 24 schools are bracketed into the tournament, which will run through Wednesday. Today and Friday will be round-robin play at the regional sites, with championship action Monday-Wednesday at the New Albany Sportsplex.
“Teams like playing in this tournament,” said Buddy Hall, a NEMCABB board member and former baseball coach. “Most teams will finish up their summer schedule with this tournament.”
NEMCABB (Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball) is best know for its annual All-Star games in Corinth, and event that has been held for more than 20 years.
For the All-Star event, NEMCABB basically mirrors the circulation area of the Daily Journal.
The Summer Championships is a bit newer event for NEMCABB, entering its third year as state high school teams increased the importance of summer play over recent years.
Regional sites for this year’s tournament are Alcorn Central, East Union, Saltillo, Mooreville, Oxford and Calhoun City. Each region will host three games today beginning at 2:30 p.m., and three more Friday, also beginning at 2:30 p.m.
“Many schools like us were playing Dizzy Dean in the summer at locations like New Hope and Starkville,” said Saltillo head coach Johnny Bolen, whose Tigers will be hosting Booneville, North Pontotoc, and Pontotoc in its regional. “Now with this, there’s not as much travel involved, better crowd support, and chance for area teams to host games.”
After round-robin play concludes Friday, all 24 teams are seeded, and play a single-elimination tournament in New Albany, with games beginning at 10 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Play begins today in the USSSA 12 and Under State Tournament here in Tupelo at the Ballard Park baseball fields.
USSSA is one of the largest sanctioning bodies for youth travel ball in the country, and the Tupelo tournament will be hosting 59 teams from
throughout the state in five different brackets.
Play begins today at 1 p.m. here in Tupelo, and runs through Sunday.
Also in the area, the New Albany Sportsplex is hosting the 14 and
Under tournament with 13 teams, and FNC Park in Oxford is hosting the 9 and Under tournament with 40 teams.