By Matt Goisman
McALESTER — Brady May, a McAlester High School alumni and son of Ronnie and Carri May, grew up an only child. Brady rarely found himself alone, however, as throughout his childhood, Ronnie said, the Mays took in Jr. Sunbelt Classic baseball players to give their son “experiences and boundaries and not just be an only child that didn’t have anybody else in the house.”
“It just opened him up to new experiences,” Ronnie said of his son Saturday.
The Mays began hosting Sunbelt players 15 years ago. They hosted Arizona players for one year, then switched to Texas players and never looked back.
“When we first started keeping Sunbelt kids 15 years ago, (Brady) was 7," May said. "He was a bat boy for Texas. He said, ‘One day, I’m gonna play in the Sunbelt,’ and he played for Oklahoma Blue when he was a junior at McAlester.”
The Mays are hosting two boys from Texas this year: Tristan Gray, who’s already verbally committed to Rice University, and Tucker Cascadden.
As a longtime host for team Texas, May has seen plenty of future Division I and major-league players come through his doors. Laynce Nix, Jay Bruce, Tyler Lyons, John and Jordan Danks — all of these are current MLB players who once stayed at May’s home, and May happily and proudly rattles off the names.
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