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Cotton States Baseball League –
Summer Collegiate Baseball

Beginning play in 2021, the Cotton States Baseball League - Coastal Division plans to host 6 - 8 teams competing in a pro-style, collegiate wood bat league for players with college eligibility.  

Building upon 12 years of success in the Cotton States Baseball League - North Division, the Coastal Division will play games in Biloxi at either MGM Park or Biloxi High School.  Schedules are designed to maximize participation by players who work during the summer, attend summer school, etc.  Starting June 4th and culminating with a League Championship Series (LCS) Championship Game at 2:00 on August 2nd, each team will play 3 games per weekend (either Friday, Saturday, and Sunday OR Saturday, Sunday, or Monday).  

A very affordable fee structure ($550 for position players and $425 for POs) assures players' spots in the league - teams will be drafted on Mother's Day weekend.  Each player receives 2 jerseys (home and away) and matching socks/belt/hat.  Wooden bats are provided by the league.  Coaching staffs are being identified.  All statistics are posted on this website at the conclusion of each day's games. 

A Twitter account has been established (@cottoncoastal) and a radio partner is being identified.

The CSBL – North operates at a single site located conveniently off of US 78 (future I-22) in New Albany, MS on the renovated Legion Field at the BNA Bank Park. Players typically come from a 150 mile radius which includes Ole Miss, MSU. Delta State, Memphis, Arkansas State, Tennessee Tech, Jackson State, Blue Mountain College, and a number of area junior colleges. Players that do not live within that radius are invited to apply if they have the means to arrange for housing, have relatives living in the area, etc.

Endorsed by baseball legends Donnie Kessinger and John Cohen, the league employs each of the coaching staffs, recruiting managers with collegiate and professional connections. Past coaches include Curt Fowler who is currently serving as the head coach of Blue Mountain College, John Walker and Doug Robbins of Delta State University, Chris Basil who played at Ole Miss, and Shawn Hairald and Chip Wade, professional scouts, among others.

The league also features a collegiate level website complete with individual statistics, standings, schedules and player information. The CSBL Game of the Week has been featured on local radio stations as well as streamed live over the internet for the various fans across the region and in other states. The league also posts notices via Twitter (@cottonstates) and photographs on Facebook.

As a showcase league for players and others, a number of individuals have taken the opportunity to perform the National Anthem and/or have thrown out the ceremonial first pitch, including Congressman Alan Nunnelee, Paid in Full, KC Johns, and Jordyn Mallory.

League Facts

Cotton States Baseball League was founded in 1903 as a minor league for the MLB
      •Willie Mays
      •Dave "Boo" Ferriss

Cotton State Baseball League in New Albany was established in 2009

Web Site
      •Over 200,000 hits per year
      •Landing Page www.msselectbaseball.com

College League www.cottonstatesleague.com

High School League www.msbfallleague.com

Jr. High School League www.cottonstatesjrleague.com

Over 400 Total Games for the 2020 Season
      •30 Jr. High Games Summer
      •42 Jr. High Games Fall
      •97 High School Games Summer
      •132 High School Games Fall
      •105 College Games Summer

26,000 Total Attendance at the CSBL this year

Location BNA Bank Park, New Albany, Mississippi
      •4 full size baseball fields
      •Newly renovated park
      •Epting Eatery Concession Area
      •Upscale private seating in the Cotton Club

Radio Broadcast
      •Cotton States Game of the Week on ESPN Radio 96.3
      •Gary Darby (former University of Mississippi and Memphis Grizzlies Radio Personality)

Meet Some of our Coaches
      •Will Kline – former Ole Miss baseball player and 1st round draft pick in the MLB
      •David Renfroe – Boston Red Sox draftee
      •Chris Basil – Head Coach East Union High School and former Ole Miss player
      •Chip Wade – Former MLB player and current Scout for the New York Mets
      •John Pittman – Former Wallace State CC player
      •Stacy Hester – one of the all‐time wins leader in MS high school baseball
      •Gary Hickman – President of the Bank of Holly Springs
      •Thomas Walker – Tupelo Fire Chief
      •John Walker – Lafayette Head Coach and formerly of New Albany and Delta State
      •Doug Robbins – former Delta State Player, former Water Valley head baseball coach
      •Carter Hitt – former University of Southern Mississippi player and Oxford attorney
      •Shawn Hairald – Phillies/Royals scout
      •Jerome Williams – former professional player/coach in the Cubs and Yankees       organizations

Former Players Drafted in Major League Baseball
      •Jet Butler – New York Mets
      •Brandon Woodruff - Texas Rangers
      •Nick Vickerson ‐ Texas Rangers

Over 95 division I players since 2009
      •Ole Miss, Miss State, Memphis, Arkansas State, Alcorn State, Miss Valley State, Tennessee Tech, Samford, New Orleans, Loyola, Southern Miss, Jackson State,

Players from over 50 different institutions of higher learning and 40+ high schools

Facebook has over 1000 pictures uploaded every season

Twitter ‐ @cottonstates

www.mississippiselectsports.com
Cotton States Baseball League
603 South Central Avenue
New Albany, MS 38652

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