District 4 baseball talent put on the field for State Games

Caleb Stewart
SDN staff writer

District 4 in Mississippi does not lack for young baseball talent.

In the last couple of years, some of the best high school-aged players out of District 4 have made a run at the State Games of Mississippi and played in the championship game the last two years.
This year, District 4 coach Jordan Smith from East Webster is expecting more success.

“This is the third summer that I’ve been able to do it and the last two years we were able to have some great student athletes to represent our district very well,” Smith said. “It’s just a fun opportunity to compete and demonstrate what District 4 has in regards to our schools and coaches and baseball programs. We’re just going down there and trying to compete and let the kids shine.”

Starkville High School will be represented by Caleb Stewart, while East Webster has two players participating in Wes Silver and Jon Austin Roberts.

Stewart said it will be a good opportunity to get into the mix with other talented players.

“I look forward to being able to play with a bunch of different guys from around the district, make friends with them and we’ll all stay together,” Stewart said. “I should make some friends that go farther than baseball.”

Players from District 4 went to East Central Community College for tryouts and 15 were chosen for the team. They reported for the State Games Monday in Meridian and will were scheduled to be evaluated by 20 college coaches.

After also holding a Monday practice, the teams will get check into its rooms and get ready for the double-elimination tournament to begin Tuesday.

“If we are fortunate to win (today) and Wednesday, you play all of the way to Friday,” Smith said.