HB2 almost barred Minnesota team from playing in NJCAA D-3 tournament

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – In Kinston, dozens of collegiate baseball players are hitting the diamond this weekend for the NJCAA Division III Championships.

HB2 could have prevented one team from competing.

Teams were in and out of Grainger Stadium Friday preparing for Saturday’s games. One team from Minnesota is just glad they were allowed to travel to the Tarheel state.

Dozens of baseball players and coaches filled Kinston’s famous-Grainger Stadium for practice, including Century, a team from Minnesota.

Earlier this year, Minnesota’s colleges and  university’s system president banned all non-essential travel to North Carolina after HB2 was signed into law.

When the Department of Justice stepped in, the ban was lifted. Century was notified shortly after, allowing them to come to this weekend’s tournament.

The Century are no strangers to Kinston. They made it to the tournament last year and finished 4th overall. This is the second year in a row Kinston has hosted the tournament at Grainger Stadium. Coaches and players from multiple teams say they’re enjoying the Kinston hospitality.

The tournament will run through Wednesday, weather permitting.

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