Baseball players with ties to Newnan have traveled out west this summer to play in the Pecos League, an independent professional baseball organization.
Johnathan Fleckenstein is a veteran of the league.
The pitcher is currently with his third different team since joining the league in 2017 and now plays with the Garden City Wind.
Rodney Tennie is a rookie with the Alpine Cowboys.
Fleckenstein played high school ball at Northgate before signing a letter of intent to play at LaGrange College.
Tennie played his high school ball at Newnan and later at Bryan College.
Fleckenstein began is association with the Pecos League in 2017 where he finished with a 4-0 record.
Last season, he pitched for Bakersfield and compiled a 4-2 record.
This year, he is 1-0 in six trips to the mound with three strikes outs and three walks.
Tennie is off to a fast start in his first season of pro ball.
The former Newnan standout is his team’s second leading hitter with a .400 average and three RBIs.
He has also displayed plenty of speed on the bases with 12 stolen bases.
The Pecos League fields teams in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas and West Texas.
Teams play in communities where there are no other Minor League teams affiliated with Major League squads.
It is a very quick season as the league plays 64 games in 78 days.
Players also play for the love of the game since they only make $50 per week.
Jon Edwards was the first alumnist from the league to make it to the Majors when he made his debut with the Texas Rangers in 2014.