David Marsland watched in amazement over the last couple of days as pings of the bat were followed by thuds against his wooden outfield wall at West Harrison High.
In some instances, the pings were unaccompanied as the balls cleared the wall.
The practices were just a small glimpse into what fans can expect this weekend with the latest edition of the South Mississippi All-Star Classic, hosted at WHHS.
"The futures game is one of the most talented groups we've ever had," Marsland said, about as giddy as a prep baseball coach can get. "It's loaded with talent."
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The weekend is broken up into two showcases. The underclassmen will play in the Futures Game at 6 p.m. Saturday, with the seniors showcase set for 2 p.m. Sunday.
Going on for nearly three decades now, Marsland said the weekend serves multiple purposes. For the fans, it's a chance to see some of South Mississippi's best baseball talents on one diamond. For some seniors who are still unsigned its one last showcase with potential college scouts in the stands. And then there are the underclassmen, who are getting to see how they stack up against some of the top talents in the state -- many who are already actively being recruited.
"The main thing is getting the exposure for these kids," Marsland said. "It's been a big draw over the years, getting the best kids from the Coast in the same place."
There's also the hope for those unsigned seniors that the game could lead to bigger things.
"(Colleges) get one last look at a kid and maybe he can impress them," Marsland said. "We've had kids actually get signed after being viewed in the games."
Admission for the games is $5.