College ball comes to Vidalia

Published 12:11 am Thursday, February 18, 2016

vidalia — Area baseball enthusiasts were treated to early season baseball action Wednesday as Pearl River Community College took on LSU-Alexandria in a doubleheader at Concordia Recreation District 3 Sports Complex.

Fans flocked to the facility along with a slew of area high school teams to take in the day’s action.

Block, Cathedral, Delta Charter, Trinity and Vidalia high school’s baseball teams were in attendance in the rare opportunity to witness how players at the next level perform.

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“You get more out of this than you do of a day of practice,” Delta Charter baseball coach Jarrett Hoffpauir said. “We brought some guys over early (before the game) to let them see (batting practice), and how things are supposed to be done.”

Trinity Coach Elliott Meng said it was an easy decision to bring his squad along to the day’s baseball games.

“We took a five-minute trip and got to watch some college baseball,” Meng said. “It’s a lot of fun for all of us to be out here. You really get to see players that have been doing it for a high level for a while, and we want to emulate them.”

With just two seniors on the roster, the second-year coach said it was an opportunity for his younger players to see how athletes at the collegiate level compete.

“We really want to see the mechanics, especially on the pitching mound,” Meng said. “Getting better in emulating these guys, that’s going to help us in the long run.”

Hoffpauir, meanwhile, said he wanted his squad to take note how players acted between pitches.

“I told the guys to watch their position,” Hoffpauir said. “Watch how they hustle on and off the field, and how they carry themselves … to watch your position and see how things are supposed to be done.”

Wednesday also served as a family reunion of sorts as Hoffpauir’s brother, Josh, serves as the head coach at Pearl River.

“Anytime I get to see him (coach), I’m going to make it happen (attending the game),” Hoffpauir said. “I’m his biggest fan.”