LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Exciting sports news continues in the Pine Belt. Some would call it a home run for the town of Laurel.
"Everybody is excited," Malcolm Marshall said. "Who wouldn't be excited to play professional baseball."
The 2018 Laurel professional baseball team features players from the Pine Belt, statewide, Georgia and Louisiana.
Longtime baseball player Malcolm Marshall started his career at Hattiesburg High and will now be on the new lineup as shortstop.
"I've been playing ever since I was eight years old," Marshall said. "I always had that dream to play professional baseball, so it gives me a chance and an opportunity to keep on playing."
The National Urban Professional Baseball League will play 45 home games at Wooten Legion Field in Laurel starting May 2018. Prior to that, Marshall said players are gearing up in hopes to be apart of the traveling team that will start across state lines.
"We are about ready to come up with a 24 man roster to play winter ball out in Arizona," Marshall said. "So, hopefully I make the roster."
Coach Michael Mayden said they have a very eager and competitive group of ball players ready to start the season. Marshall said this team will bring positive energy to the city.
"I think it's a good opportunity for everybody who played high school ball who didn't get the chance to play college ball or further their career in baseball," Marshall said. "So, it's giving them the opportunity to play. It's a humbling experience for all of us. We are just taking it day by day."
An official team name has not yet been announced. You are invited to come out and meet the team.
A meet and greet dinner will be held on Saturday December 16th, at the L.T. Ellis Center in Laurel from 7 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Seating will be limited, if you are interested in going call 972-546-8894.