The BNA Bank Cotton States Baseball League is scheduled to start their 3rd season Saturday June 3 with a triple-header beginning at 1:00 p.m. Several changes are in store for the collegiate wood bat league which plays its games at Legion Field at the New Albany Sportsplex.
One of the first changes that their fans and families will notice is the new coaching staffs on two of their teams. Chip Wade, an assistant scout in the New York Mets organization, will take over as the head coach of the Tippah Tribe. Stacy Hester, a five time state champion high school coach, will assume the head coaching duties for the Golden Triangle Jets. Additionally, John Walker, the head baseball coach at New Albany, will be promoted from the assistant to the head coach for the North Delta Dealers.
Of the approximately 80 players on the five teams’ rosters, 30 are returning to the league to join the 50 new players, including individuals from seven different states and over 30 different universities, colleges, and junior colleges. All games are scheduled for 7 innings. The 4:00 Sunday afternoon games will be broadcast on Sunny 93 featuring former Ole Miss baseball announcer Gary Darby.
Four athletes from Union County will play in the CSBL this season; Jimel Judon (Tippah Tribe, Ole Miss), Beau Cummings (Tallahatchie Rascals, Northeast), Sawyer Wheatley (Tupelo Thunder, Northeast) and Tyler Basil (North Delta Dealers, Northeast).
Union County will also be represented as New Albany High School head coach John Walker is now the head coach of the Dealers and former East Union standout Drew Dillard will serve as an assistant with the Tribe.
For more information about the league or for ticket information, visit their web site at www.cottonstatesleague.com.