Summer ball: 'Making all the high school teams better'

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- For the boys of summer from the south coast, Clyde Allen Field in North Bend is their 'Field of Dreams'.

The famous saying from that movie: "If you build it, they will come." In Coos County, they come from all over to play at Clyde Allen Field.

Drew James is a North Coos center fielder, and he says the guys come from all over to play on this field. "Coos Bay, North Bend, Myrtle Point, pretty much all the Coos County surrounding areas."

Although many live in different cities, they know each other very well. "We've been playing together ever since we were younger, even the kids from Coquille, Myrtle Point, all those surrounding areas, because of Babe Ruth we were combined as a team," said James.

He says high school ball is where the wins and losses really matter, and sees the summer league as a way to get better.

Quintin Hall is a North Coos assistant coach, and he agrees. "It's an opportunity for us to develop," he said. "We have a bunch of the Marshfield kids that we move and are playing, they're going to get innings to pitch. Making all the high school teams better is our focus."

The league allows the boys to have some summer fun while developing their baseball skills, so they're ready to go for the next year of high school baseball.