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Summer college baseball arrives

This summer, Mooresville will have a baseball team to call its own.

A summer collegiate baseball team, the Mooresville All Americans, headed up by coach Paul Busa makes its debut May 26 at Lake Norman High School's baseball field.

The team is a member of the Carolina Virginia Collegiate league and will play from May to August.

Busa moved to Mooresville from Massachusetts in August with his wife, Theresa, and their four children, Michael, 5, Christine, 3, Matt, 2, and Mason, 1.

An Air Force veteran and former firefighter, Busa and his family were ready to make some changes and chose to move south for the climate, and Southern hospitality. As a firefighter, Busa was injured on the job when a building he was working in collapsed and had to retire from the field.

Having been involved in high school and college baseball training camps for six years, Busa is using his background to bring competitive baseball to Mooresville. He taught at Florida State's advanced baseball school. Busa wants to do something he loves while helping the community.

He noticed there is a division in town between old Mooresville and new Mooresville, he said. Busa wants to erase that it.

. "There's no better way to bring a community together than through sports," he said.

While his ultimate goal is to bring a professional team to Mooresvilleit is his goal for now to bring the town together through involvement in the baseball games, Busa said.

The Mooresville All-Americans is looking for volunteers for all aspects of operations, such as tickets takers, concessions and general assistance at the games.

Busa said the team is also accepting donations of any kind. The goal for the Mooresville All Americans, Busa said, is to bring a family-oriented atmosphere to the park for everybody in Mooresville and surrounding areas at an affordable price.

The team needs host families for the players from out of town. Host families will receive season tickets as well as team merchandise.

Busa promises his team will bring a "winning brand of baseball to Mooresville."

Players come from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and elsewhere.

There are several from Mooresville. Josh Holcomb, a Mooresville High 2011 graduate and a current student at Stanley Community College, will come home to play for the summer.

"I am excited I get to play in my own backyard," Holcomb said. "And the more fans we get, the better we'll play."

Lake Norman High School head baseball coach Robert Little said he's excited to see the games hosted at LNHS.

"I think it's a great opportunity for college kids to play," Little said. "Hopefully it will pan out and we'll see these kids playing in the majors one day."

Busa said he has three objectives for the Mooresville All Americans this season. The first is to get on scouts' radar. The second is to work on skills and mechanics to help players prepare for the fall season. The third objective, Busa said, is to dominate the league.

Busa also has an event planned to show support for local veterans: The Military All Star game, June 19, is a fundraiser to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. The benefits provide assistance to service members injured since the attacks of 9/11, according to the Mooresville All Americans website.

Tickets are available for $7 per game in advance, $10 at the gate. Season tickets - $50 - include admission to the Military All Star game.

Mooresville All Americans merchandise, such as hats and T-shirts, is available for purchase.

Live game scores will be available at gamechanger.com.

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