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New wave of baseball

Sunday, June 7, 2009

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Oran's Jayden Pobst, seen here in a game against New Madrid County Central in May, is one of several local baseball players who have played prospect baseball.
(Josh Mills, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The rules are the same. The equipment is the same. The only thing that changes is the venue, the players and the level of play.

A new wave of baseball has slowly crept into southeast Missouri over the past few years. Recently, more of the top high school baseball players have made the transition from American Legion baseball to 'prospect baseball.'

Instead of suiting up for teams such as Cape Ford and Sons, Scott County Post 369 or Sikeston American Legion Post 114, more and more athletes from the area are spending their summer on the diamond with an elite team such as the Rawlings Legends, the Rawlings Knights or the SEMO Cherokees.

Kody Campbell, a graduate from Oran High School and current Southeast Missouri State Redhawks baseball player, ventured from American Legion to the prospect league as his high school days came to a close.

"Obviously, the game is basically the same," said Campbell. "While there are very good players at the (American) Legion level, the overall level of competition is quite a bit higher at prospect tournaments.

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