Pocatello’s new semi pro baseball team hosted team try outs this morning, inviting anyone 18 or older to come see if they have what it takes. KPVI got a sneak peak at the talent the Gate City Grays are attracting from all across the region.
“Just something about the crack of the bat, the nice warm weather, the smell of grass, just something about baseball you can’t get enough of,” said Erica Fredrickson, CEO.
The love of the game is the draw for the majority of the players that showed up to show their skills today, like Diego Robles who traveled all the way from Caldwell, just looking to get one more shot.
He told us, “Just for a chance, a chance to play more baseball, I played college baseball and didn’t get a shot anywhere else so why not this?”
The Gate City Grays are both Pocatello and the player’s second chance at the next level, and try outs today displayed just how ready they both were for the opportunity.
“These guys are making my job really hard, the numbers, sheer numbers,” said the Head Coach, Trent Seamons.
With the coach keeping only 20 to 25 of the guys that showed up today, he has his work cut out for him. It’s no question that these athletes have the heart, in some cases traveling hundreds of miles just to prove they also have the skill.
“Guys are willing to come all the way here from Washington, we’re going to have to do quite a bit of traveling especially in June, so it’s good to see the guys are willing to be out here and they love the game enough to come all this way to come play Gate City Grays baseball,” added Coach Seamons.
The first game for the Gate City Grays is June 6th, and they hope to see as many baseball fans as possible in the stands for the home opener.