DIERDRE DOVE | The Nashville News
Caleb Dunn, son of Ed Dunn from Dierks, Arkansas, is a 2015 senior. He went on to start college at Southern Arkansas University majoring in Industrial Engineering but changing it to Business Information Systems next semester. He is currently a pitcher on the Southern Arkansas University baseball team, The Southern Arkansas Muleriders. Caleb has been accepted into the Regina Red Sox for the summer of 2016 as a long reliever. The Regina Red Sox are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and play in the Western Major Baseball League. There is a 27 man limit to the team and only 16 players from outside of Canada are allowed in. An application must be filled out and sent in and all requirements must be met in order to be accepted into this and any other collegiate league.
The Western Major Baseball League, a member of the collegiate baseball league, was started in 1931 under a different name but evolved into what it is today from other leagues over the years. A collegiate summer baseball league is made up of many amateur baseball leagues. In order for a player to qualify for one of these leagues they have to have completed at least one year of college and have at least one year of athletic eligibility remaining. The schedule is from early June to early August so the player must volunteer his entire summer to the league. Only wooden bats are used in these leagues so they have gained the nickname “wood bat leagues.” Some players can remain with their collegiate summer team until they sign a professional contract. Training camp for the Regina Red Sox will start on May 22nd to May 27th. The first game will be on May 29th on their home field, Currie Field.
“I grew up in Regina so knew a little about the Regina Red Sox summer league but I did not really understand what is was until recently.” Caleb wanted something to do during the summer and decided to apply for the Regina Red Sox team to further his experience and hopefully get a chance for a better opportunity to enter the major leagues. Caleb will be flying out to start on this new adventure in May.
This is a wonderful opportunity for baseball players going to college who are interested in maybe getting a chance at being accepted on a major league team. Or just wanting to get more experience and have something to do for the summer. There are many collegiate summer baseball leagues to apply to and many have attracted scouts from major league teams. There are leagues in Canada, New England, Texas and even the west coast. Some examples for the states are Texas Collegiate League, West Coast League, Cape Cod Baseball League and New England Collegiate Baseball League.