Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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May 15, 2013

NJCAA Baseball: Bulldogs headed back to JUCO World Series

Corsicana — Navarro coach Whoa Dill said Thursday that a second trip in three years to the JUCO World Series hasn't sunk in just yet.

But it will soon, especially after all of the planning for the Bulldogs' trip to Grand Junction is done.

"It hasn't yet,' Dill said. "It's crazy now."

Navarro will open the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. on Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. against the South Central regional champion. The Bulldogs won't know until later in the week who that opponent will be as three regions are playing for one national tournament spot this week.

The Bulldogs moved up to No. 4 in the latest NJCAA National Poll and they are ranked No. 1 in junior college baseball by PerfectGame.com.

Dill has been busy making flight arrangements and other transportation plans for his team. The Bulldogs will leave next Tuesday for Grand Junction. There's a challenger game for special needs children on Thursday and a banquet for all of the teams on Friday night.

Navarro will resume practices later this week and have an intraqsuad game on Monday before departing for Colorado the next day.

A few days off will help the pitchers, Dill said, especially closer Blake Griffin and starter Gage Curry, who pitched multiple days in high stress situations.

The time off will also allow left fielder Kaleb Goodell to heal a high ankle sprain and catcher John Clay Reeves to rest his knees after four straight days of catching.

The Bulldog hitters need to hit and Dill will make sure his players keep their timing at the plate.

"They need to hit," Dill said. "It will definitely help the pitchers. They can use some time off."

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