Local veteran umpire to call historic game
By By Jeff Byrd staff writer
Meridian umpire Charles Naylor has been honored to call the first-ever Mississippi HIgh School Activities Association-Mississippi Private School Association All-Star game.
The games will be played beginning with the big school game set for noon at Smith Wills Stadium in Jackson. A second game pitting Academy A and AA All-Stars against MHSAA's 1A-3A will follow afterwards at 3 p.m.
Naylor said he was honored to be picked and actually found the selection to be quite ironic.
Naylor will get to see some of the best public and private school players in the state. He does not officiate in the MPSA, so it will be his first time to see their players.
Naylor will join a contingent of four area players in the contest. Representing the MHSAA will be Quitman pitcher Matthew Creighton and Newton County's Robby Carey. Creighton went 10-2 for Quitman and has signed with Meridian Community College.
Suiting up for the Academy A-AA team will be Heidelberg Academy's Heath Ainsworth and Central Academy's Von Gomel.