Fans pack up their varying coolers, chairs and tents that helped them survive temperatures that climbed into the mid-90s. Best of the Triangle 2015 Health and Wellness 2020 Today's Woman 2010 2010 Salute to Family Owned Business "It's 72 degrees on the Cape," Polk exclaims toward grinning Mississippi State freshman Logan Tanner. Even former MSU pitcher and current Seattle Mariner Kendall Graveman joined the league to throw three innings in recent weeks in preparation for the upcoming MLB season. The game—any game—demands that kind of respect. Skip to content. 2015 Dining Guide Christmas Greetings 2018 MERIDIAN -- As the mid-summer Mississippi sun christens a new bead of sweat on Ron Polk's grayed brow, the 54-year coaching veteran yearns for his jacket. Players arrive early and leave late, bearing the dirt stains and scratches a full afternoon on the diamond delivers. But rather than enjoying the cool summer temperatures of Massachusetts beach towns and the elite baseball talent it brings to its shores year after year, the aging but sharp coach instead finds himself seated under an overhang at the Q.V. Lowndes County Voter Guide 2015 The Honor the Game Wood Bat League, put on by East Coast Sox Baseball, will take place at Q.V. Sykes concedes it's not quite the playing surface of Dudy Noble Field, but it's damn close. Best of the Triangle 2017 WaterWays 2019 Salute to Industry 2013 The Honor the Game Wood Bat League, put on by East Coast Sox Baseball, will take place at Q.V. Toiling on fields that were renovated as part of the league's agreement with the city, players' feet drag along the roughly 220 tons of clay that was assembled, measured and promptly distributed amongst the complexes three fields to mimic the speed of the infields scattered across the Southeastern Conference. Insight 2019 Salute to Industry 2017 Dining Guide 2010 Players are also asked to leave space between one another when seated in the dugout, though it's more a suggestion than a reality. "You prepare like it's a college game.". Honor the Game Wood Bat League (powered by Marucci) Houston Collegiate Summer League. That decision set the stage for even more players to join the Honor the Game League. Health & Wellness 2013 Never letting distractions get in their way. Other players make off to their respective homes across Mississippi, into Alabama, over to Louisiana and on down the line. Salute to Industry 2018 College Football Preview 2013 As coaches from around college baseball and players who previously spent time in their elite high school travel programs reached out to the organization regarding potential summer opportunities, Sykes, Caruso and DuBose kicked the tires on bringing college summer baseball to Mississippi. Insight 2019 2010 To The Rescue Show FAQ. Back to Back MSU Women's Basketball Dripping with sweat, Leggett piles into his car and heads back toward Starkville and a college town in its peak midsummer form of quiet and calm. Dining Guide 2018 Click here to view this image from starkvilledailynews.com. "It's a lot better than being on our high school fields or our hometowns for sure.". And while the virus has been taken seriously by organizers in practice, there's a sense of insouciance toward the ongoing pandemic in this remote baseball outpost. His skin tinged red from the sun-soaked days he's spent coordinating the league's start coupled with the hours he endured aiding in the nearly $50,000 overhaul of the facility's infields, Sykes, his elite travel team program and its leadership are among the key cogs in the fledgling startup's booming success.