Bulldog Baseball Fall Update #4
Oct. 14, 2011
Georgia's fall baseball practice culminates with the annual seven-game Red-Black World Series. Game one is slated for Sunday at 3 p.m. at Foley Field. All games are free admission, and the complete schedule can be found at the end of this latest update.
Georgiadogs.com caught up with head coach David Perno for a recap of the Dawgs-Pups series and a preview of the World Series.
The Dawgs claimed the series over the Pups 3-1, what did you take away from these games?
CDP: Our veteran pitchers have really gotten better. They threw a ton of strikes in those four games with just a handful of walks, maybe one a game. Michael Palazzone. Alex Wood, Bryan Benzor, Tyler Maloof, Blake Dieterich, Chase Hawkins and Patrick Boling and Jesse Scott did a good job. The defense behind them was exceptional.
The Pups were inconsistent. They put some good at bats together, but one day the offense would be good, and the next day they struggled. However, it was tough for them to score runs considering they didn't get very many free bases, and the Dawgs made a lot of plays. Nelson Ward and Conor Welton had the best performances at the plate, and the pitching was good at times. Jay Swinford had two nice outings, David Sosebee was good and Ben Ancheff was okay.
We're going to play the fifth game of the series on Saturday so we'll see how Luke Crumley does, he's hit a little, and we want to see him get some confidence on the mound too. The young two-way guy that has emerged is Heath Holder. He is swinging it well and has shown an ability to throw strikes with his sinker and change-up.
How do you feel about your catchers this fall?
CDP: Brandon (Stephens) is throwing much better and is more consistent. We'd like to see him clean up some things like blocking balls in the dirt. His hitting has been streaky, we'd like for him to put two good days together. However, he has caught every inning for the Pups so he got fatigued a little faster then the other guys. Joey (Delmonico) is playing well. He has improved especially in his situational hitting. Brett (DeLoach) has shown he's an option too by holding up well. He's the best receiver of the bunch, good at blocking the ball. Last year, I felt like we had 1.5 catchers, this year we've got three.
What do you hope to see in the Red-Black World Series?
CDP: I want to see a very competitive series, and I hope all seven games have meaning because we're going to play them all. I hope everybody stays healthy, and I think it should a good series looking at the rosters.
Has the rotation been set for the World Series, and which team has the edge?
CDP: The red team, coached by Jason Eller and Jason Jacobs, will go with Michael Palazzone, David Sosebee, Blake Dieterich and Craig Gullickson. The black team, coached by Allen Osborne and Will Harvil, are going with Alex Wood, Pete Nagel, Luke Crumley and Chase Hawkins. The starters for the first three games will come back and start games five, six and seven. Looking at the rosters, I'd say the red team has the edge in pitching, and the black team has the edge in hitting.
Who are the captains for the World Series teams?
Will there be anybody who will not play in the World Series?
CDP: Tyler Maloof is on the red team, and he's just going to be the first base coach. We know what Tyler can do so we're going to rest him and take a longer look at some of the other guys out of the bullpen.
Red-Black Fall World Series Schedule
Game 1, Sunday, Oct. 16, 3 p.m.
Game 2, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m.
Game 3, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m.
Game 4, Friday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m.
Game 5, Sunday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Game 6, Monday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m.
Game 7, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m.
*All games nine innings (max of 10 innings) except game three and six which will be seven innings; Each lineup will feature 10 hitters except game seven; Starting pitchers limited to 65 pitches; All bullpen guys must be used for four batters per outing or three outs.