At this time of the year, there's lots of guys from East Texas who are just winding up the school year and their college baseball seasons. Thanks to the newest team in the area, those guys now get the the chance to come home for the summer.
In Kilgore, the East Texas Pump Jacks held their first practice today. The Pump Jacks play in the Collegiate Baseball League, so local players get to come back home for their summer vacation. The team gives players from places like Bullard, Carthage, New Diana, and White Oak a chance to crash at home for the summer, and also to keep their skills up.
"That was definitely a big thing," White Oak's Scott Copeland said. Copeland just finished two years at Panola College. "My family was very happy with my decision because they can see me more than last summer, when I went to the Valley League."
"I went to Virginia last summer," Bullard's Chad Sherman said, "and I didn't get to see my family. This way, I can stay here and my family can watch me play."
Sherman also played at Panola.
"I'm glad I'm close to home," Carthage's Khris Tate said. "They like coming to this ballpark to watch me play, so I'm sure they're going to enjoy the season too."
The Pump Jacks open their season Tuesday at McKinney, then they bring McKinney back to Driller Park for their home opener on Thursday night.