The annual “Battle at the Beach” prep baseball event has blossomed since its conception some eight years ago across the “Southern Six”.
And this year may be the biggest to date regarding the number of teams and sites. Battle at the Beach is set for a 10-day run with all games being played in the “Southern Six” footprint.
The event kicks off Thursday afternoon at Biloxi High as Pass Christian takes on Denham Springs (La.) at 5 p.m. That game will be followed by the home-standing Indians meeting Etowah (Ala.) at 7:30.
On Friday, two other venues spring into the mix as Gulfport High will host Daphne (Ala.) at 6 p.m., at Herbert Wilson Field in Gulfport while Etowah and Denham Springs will face off at 11 a/.m, at Biloxi High and that game will precede a match-up between West Marion and DSHS set for 1:30.
The main action on Friday, however, takes place at MGM Park in Biloxi home of the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers. MGM Park will once again serve as the most prestigious venue in the Battle at the Beach. Games will take place on four different days at MGM throughout the completion fo the event.
According to a press release by the Shuckers, all games at MGM Park as part of the ‘Battle at the Beach’ are presented by Hancock Whitney.
“We at Hancock Whitney are honored to help bring ‘Battle at the Beach’ to MGM Park and South Mississippi,” said Hancock Whitney Mississippi Gulf Coast President Brent Fairley. “This tournament features the best of the best among high school baseball players throughout our region and recognizes the strong commitment these young athletes and their coaches have to excellence. We’re very proud to be part of both the ‘Battle at the Beach” and the Hancock Whitney Classic and look forward to welcoming players, families, and fans to these exciting Coastal Mississippi events.”
Tickets for all games at MGM are $10 and will be available for purchase on the day of each game at the main MGM Park gate, located on the northeast side of the stadium near the intersection of Howard and Caillavet. Seating is general admission for all games and the MGM Park concession stands will be open with a limited menu.
This is the schedule for Battle of the Beach games at MGM Park:
Friday, March 10
5:00 pm – Pass Christian vs. Etowah (AL)
7:30 pm – Biloxi vs. D’Iberville
Thursday, March 16
5:00 pm – Ocean Springs vs. Lafayette
7:30 pm – St. Martin vs. McGill Toolin (AL)
Friday, March 17
2:30 pm – Resurrection vs. Alma Bryant (AL)
5:00 pm – Harrison Central vs. Denham Springs (LA)
7:30 pm – D’Iberville vs. St. John Neumann (FL)
Saturday, March 18
10:00 am – West Harrison vs. Warren Central
12:30 pm – Gulfport vs. Smiths Station (AL)
3:00 pm – St. Stanislaus vs. Petal
We here at 228Sports will have more info on the complete schedule of games for the Battle at the Beach coming on Friday.