Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


May 24, 2013

JUCO World Series: The goods ... Navarro knows what it takes (UPDATED: Corrects schedules to CST)

Coach Whoa Dill thinks this team could be better than 2011 national champion


Corsicana — Unsung hero

Who will be the David Harris of the 2013 JUCO World Series?

Harris, who hit three home runs during the regular season, batted as the designated hitter for the 2011 Series and had a week to remember. Harris easily could have been the tournament MVP, belting four home runs in six games and driving in 13 runs.

“He was the unsung hero,” Dill said. “He was a good player, but when it came time for the World Series, he was a threat. To this day, proud of J.T. Files for what he did to win tournament MVP. But I thought David Harris was the MVP.”

The Bulldogs figure to get big hits — and power — from first baseman Tyler Wilson and catcher John Clay Reeves. It’s only 301 feet down the left field line.

Two possible unsung heroes to keep an eye on — leadoff hitter Kaleb Goodell and third baseman Grayson Lewis.

“Kaleb Goodell, he’s getting hot,” Dill said. “He plays a key role to the offense.

“And Grayson Lewis, he’s going to stay hot for us,” Dill said.

Great defense

The Bulldogs flashed their leather from the very start of the 2011 World Series with Garrett Autrey making a diving catch in the first inning of the first game against Southern Union, Ala.

First baseman Casey Grayson also had a brilliant tournament with his glove.

Dill said overall this year’s team is better defensively, starting with the infield.

“We’re more athletic,” Dill said.

Dill says Wilson is Grayson’s equal at first base. Christian Stringer, now at Rice, was a very good second baseman, but Drake Roberts has more foot speed and goes to his right easier. Lewis is an outstanding third baseman.

The outfield defense may be improved over 2011, Dill said, and Reeves is an experienced catcher having transferred from Arkansas.

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