Summer baseball provides opportunity for young players

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Nowadays, sports seasons never really end.

High school baseball state champions were crowned less than two weeks ago, but summer ball is already underway.

Most juniors and seniors are playing on travel teams, but a series of roughly ten scrimmages throughout June are a big deal to younger athletes. For many, especially those at the middle school level, it's their first taste of high school baseball.

There's a lot to learn in a short time, but the kids and coaches are making the most of the opportunity.

"We always like to see our new guys come into the program but we put people in different positions and there's not too much pressure on winning and losing during the summer," Arnold head coach Greg Gumm said. "We look at it like that. We want to come out, get some good at bats in, see what kids can do in certain situations."

"This is really a bigger field than a lot of these kids have been playing on," said Mosley head coach Jon Hudson prior to Thursday's scrimmage against the Marlins. "There's a lot of teaching going on during games out here with these guys. I really enjoy it. With the bigger bases and longer field and all that, it's really neat to work with these guys teach them the way we do things here."

Summer baseball runs through the end of June.