PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Shuckers' debut in Biloxi this Saturday is stirring up a lot of excitement across the coast. This week, the city of Pascagoula is hosting a Youth Baseball Camp. Some young Shuckers fans shared their big dreams of playing with the pros.
They are stepping up to the plate to sharpen their hitting, throwing and catching skills. At a Youth Baseball Camp in Pascagoula, 46-children, ages five to 12, are taking a swing at learning the basics of baseball. Some of them play on city league teams or travel baseball.
"It's just my passion. I love it," said 12-year-old Will Clemens.
"It's fun and I like probably most the hitting," said nine-year-old Tai Johnson.
"I like it because my dad, he played in college, and he really loved to play it," said 11-year-old Jack Thomas.
Now those baseball fans can find inspiration on another field, when the Shuckers play their first home game at the new MGM Park in downtown Biloxi.
"I was pretty excited. I mean, I get to go see them play," said Jack.
"They're opening up their new stadium. I'm hoping to get to some of their games," said Will.
Some of the young athletes have bigger dreams.
"I really want to be like a big baseball star," said Tai.
"We've had some people come out of this camp and wind up playing pro baseball, so that's a good thing," said Pascagoula High Baseball Coach Richie Tillman. "It's a baseball town in Pascagoula, and the community on the Gulf Coast, so I think the Shuckers will be a great thing for baseball."
"They're representing South Mississippi. I hope they do good," said Will.
Even Addy Hasty is excited about catching the Shuckers in action. The six-year-old is the only girl in the camp.
When asked if she is going to beg her parents for tickets, Addy replied, "Yes, I just say please until they say yes."
Addy is making a big pitch for the Shuckers. Other young fans are also ready to cheer on the new team.
The Youth Baseball Camp ends on Thursday.