LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Exhibition games have started for the National Urban Professional Baseball League in Laurel.
"We are so excited about the baseball coming. The city is working with the team to improve our stadium and our field and get those things going," Laurel Councilman Jason Capers said.
Capers is cheering on the Josh Gibson All Stars as the exhibition games get underway. Capers said this is a home run for the city.
"Everyone tells me all the time Pastor, we need good things happening for our young people and for our kids. We need good things for our families to do, and here we have the perfect opportunity," said Capers.
"When we were in search for our home field in the south, we were told this was a very fertile ground down here for baseball. So, we felt we had a built-in audience that would embrace and support what we are trying to do here," head coach Michael Mayden said.
Mayden said right now, they have a 13-man roster. Soon, it will be full at 24 players, all ready to hit the field.
"We want to fill up these stands. The City of Laurel has been great to us to provide some family entertainment for the residents of this community. They are going to bring us some more portable stands to make sure everyone can get in, and we are looking to bring back some good, old fashioned baseball," said Mayden.
The season officially starts May 25. Games will be held at Laurel's Wooten Legion Park.
"This is the west side in Laurel. Getting people over here into this neighborhood and participating in the concessions and things going on here, it's going to be great for the city. More exposure, and we want people to know, Laurel is open for business and is a great place to come and bring your family for entertainment," said Capers.
You can catch the next exhibition game Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. If you would like to become a sponsor for the team, contact Coach Mayden at 773-744-1040.