In a matter days a new era of baseball will start in Joplin as the Joplin Outlaws collegiate baseball team will start is inaugural season.

In a matter days a new era of baseball will start in Joplin as the Joplin Outlaws collegiate baseball team will start is inaugural season.
It’s pretty simple — everything is new this year in the Joplin baseball landscape.
The Joplin Slashers are gone and the Outlaws are here, a team that started new from the bottom. Mark Rains, the team’s general manager and president, noted the board of directors applied for membership into the Missouri Illinois Nebraska Kansas (MINK) League in October and after approved things got under way to get a summer college baseball team started.
“Everything is new, new team, new uniforms, new baseball field,” Rains said.
The Outlaws name originates from the Joplin ties to Jesse James and Bonnie and Clyde.
Joplin will be coached by Chris Reddout, an assistant coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Reddout is a former player from Pittsburg State, who had a brief professional career playing in the Toronto organization. He is assisted by Andy Davis, who played at PSU as well and has served as an assistant coach at Carl Junction High School. Last year, he worked for a summer college baseball team in Canada.
The two coaches, once selected, got to work on putting together a roster.
“The coaches have contact with coaches from other programs,” Rains said of building the roster. “We have a lot of local kids. We have one from Galena; One from Seneca, Mo.; One from Cassville, Mo.; One from Neosho and one from Joplin.”
The roster is full of players with local ties. The pitching rotation includes four players with local ties, including Carl Junction’s Chris Green, who plays at North Central Missouri College; Joplin native Ben Hays, who pitches at Illinois State; Pittsburg State’s Tyler Link and Crowder College’s Matt Sample.
In the infield will include a trio of Missouri Southern Lions in Seneca native Skyler Rawlins, Jacob Taylor and Shayne Hoke, from Joplin. The other infielder with local ties is Kason Koelsch, from Cassville, who plays at Meramec Junior College in St. Louis.
The outfield includes Neosho, Mo.’s and Crowder’s Chase Barnes – who signed to play at Pittsburg State and Galena native Mitch Albright, who plays at Fort Scott Community College.
The roster includes players from all over the country, but the most hail from Oklahoma and Missouri – seven each.
The season opens this weekend with a road two games against the Ozark Generals, which will be a league game.
“I can’t wait for the first game,” Rains said
The MINK League this year will be divided into two divisions, a North and a South. Joplin is in the South Division with the Nevada Griffons, Ozark Generals, Sedalia Bombers and Mac-N-Seitz Athletics. The North Division includes Clarinda, Iowa A’s, St. Joseph Mustangs, Topeka, Kan. Golden Giants, Chillicothe Mudcats and Beatrice, Nebraska Bruins.
The home opener is at 7 p.m. Monday against the Nevada Griffons at the team’s new park – the Joplin Athletic Complex at Schifferdecker Park. That night will include 25 cent hot dogs – sponsored by Food 4 Less – and fireworks after the game provided by Sportsman’s Park and The Firework Store.
Admission to this game – and all of the home games throughout the season – is free.
All Saturday home games will have fireworks provided, while all Friday night home games will have beer served at ‘The Outlaw Saloon.’
With the exception of one game – the June 4 doubleheader with St. Joseph at 6 p.m. – every home game starts at 7 p.m.
The Outlaws will also be hosting a Youth Baseball Camp on Saturday, June 6 at the Joplin Athletic Complex, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration for the event is $30 and the day of is $35. Each attending the camp will get a T-shirt and will be honored before the team’s home game June 7 against the Sedalia Bombers.