Douglasville Bulls: Welcome

Tuesday, August 7
Welcome to the Official Home of the Douglasville Bulls!

The Douglasville Bulls, out of Douglasville, GA, has been a part of the Sunbelt Summer Collegiate Baseball League since 2008.  The Bulls have won two of the last four Championships and have made it to the championship game in 3 of the last 4 seasons.  For information on how to get involved with the Bulls as a player, volunteer, or in any other capacity feel free to send us an email at douglasvillebulls@gmail.com or contact our sports information director Colin Lacy at colin.lacy16@gmail.com.



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Monday, June 2
Opening Day 2014: Patriots @ Bulls 6/2/2014

Handout: 6/2/2014 vs Patriots

Saturday, June 21
Bulls Walk-It-Off Against the Braves After Braving the Elements!

Douglasville, Ga- It would take the Douglasville Bulls (5-6) and Windward Braves (3-8) 5 hours and 25 minutes after the first pitch this afternoon (1:45 pm) to decide a winner, and it would take all the way until 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth for the Bulls to take the game 6-5.

The Braves got on the board early with 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning on a passed ball by the Bulls’ backstop and a RBI fielder’s choice by Nick Bradshaw. The Bulls would answer back and tie the game up at 2-2, after a two and a half hour rain delay in the bottom of the third on a RBI triple by Matt Meeder, and a RBI single off the bat of Hudson power. The Braves and Bulls stayed at a stalemate of 2-2 until the 6th inning when the Braves took the lead 4-2 on a pair of run scoring double off the bats of Will Pashal and Nick Bradshaw. The Bulls manufactured a run in the bottom of the 6th with Davis Aiken reaching first on a fielder’s choice, then moved up to second on a heads up base running play moving up to second on a ball in the dirt, and then scored on a single by Andrew Gordon to cut the Braves lead 4-3. The Bulls took their first lead of the game with a 2 spot in the 7th inning courtesy of a RBI triple by Michael Hodorowski, who would come home on a sacrifice fly by Beau Welborn. The Bulls would take the 5-4 lead going to the 9th inning where the Braves would get the leadoff man on via a single, and work him all the way around to third base with 2 outs, before Brandon Moss would dump a single into left center field to bring the tying run home. The Bulls came up in the bottom of the 9th inning in the tie game, and after the Braves retired the first two batters, Michael Hodorowski, would draw a walk, and promptly move into scoring position with a stolen base. After a walk to Beau Welborn, Zack Sims, would come off the bench to deposit the 2-2 pitch into left center field for the walk off RBI single to send the Bulls home happy with a 6-5 victory.

Tyler Gunnin (1-0) would come in to get the final out in the 9th inning, and will pick up the victory. Zack Waters (0-1) came in with 2 outs in the 9th and faced 2 batters (walked Welborn, and allowed the Walk off Single by Sims) and takes the loss for the Braves.

The Bulls will be back in action on Monday as they welcome in the Gwinnett Tides to Norton Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 pm. Colin Lacy, and Michael Cooper will have the play-by-play for you on the Sunbelt League Radio Network. The Braves will move into week 4 of Sunbelt League play with the Monday night affair in Norcross to face the Atlanta Crackers at 7:15 pm. That game can also be heard on the Sunbelt League Radio Network with John Morgo, and Max Long on the call from Norcross High School.

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Wednesday, June 18
Bulls and Crackers Washed out in Douglasville Tonight

Tonight's Game between the Douglasville Bulls and the Atlanta Crackers has been suspended due to rain.  The Bulls led the game at the suspension in the Top of the 2nd inning by a score of 2-0 over the Crackers.  Rescheduling information will be published on douglasvillebulls.com and SunbeltLeague.com along with the social media outlets for both the Bulls (@DvilleBulls) and the League (@SunbeltBaseball) when it becomes avaliable.  

Saturday, June 14
Two Shootouts Yield a Split for the Chukars and Bulls!

With 2 Games on the Docket today, the Bulls and Chukars score a combined 40 Runs..

Douglasville, Ga-The Douglasville Bulls (3-5) and the Home Plate Chukars (3-5) got together today for a day-night double header today, and each came out with a victory as the two teams combine for 40 runs on the day.

Game 1: Chukars 6 Bulls 7

Game 1 saw the Bulls strike early with 3 runs in the home half of the 1st inning on a Jordan Wren RBI double, followed by a RBI single by Ryan Raper, and an error on the Chukars shortstop to put the Bulls up 3-0 after 1 complete. The Chukars and Bulls exchanged runs in the 2nd inning due to a wild pitch to score the Chukars Cletis Avery, and a RBI ground-out by Hudson Power for the Bulls. Douglasville would put the extra point up and good to go up 7-1 with a 3 run bottom of the 3rd inning on an error on the Chukars’ first baseman and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Gordon. Home Plate tried to come back from the 7-1 deficit and scored 2 runs in both the 4th and 6th inning on an error by the Bulls’ first baseman, a Cletis Avery 2 RBI double, and a sacrifice fly by Danny Barnes to cut the deficit to 7-5. The Chukars would continue the comeback into the final inning of the 7 inning game due to the double header. In the 7th, the Chukars load the bases, and an RBI single by Ryan Peurifoy cut the lead 7-6. The Bulls’ Tyler Gunnin would get a 1-3 putout to end the game and leave the bases loaded to secure the Bulls victory.

Christian Turnipseed (1-1) threw 4 innings of 1 hit baseball, while giving up 3 runs to the Chukars. Turnipseed walked 4 and struckout 6 in game 1 to pick up the win. Will Griffin (0-1) picked up the loss in the 2 inning performance. The Bulls would pick up 7 hits and 6 runs against Griffin who walked 2 batters and did not record a strikeout. Tyler Gunnin came in to pitch the 9th inning and pick up the save while giving up 1 hit and a run while walking 2 batters.

Game 2: Chukars 13 Bulls 10

The Chuckars came out in game 2 swinging in the night cap of the double header. Home Plate opens the scoring with 6 runs in the first 2 innings, including a 5 run 2nd inning with a Ryan Peurifoy 2 RBI single, a Martin Castro Single, a bases loaded walk, and a passed ball to put the Chukars up 6-0 after an inning and a half. The Bulls and Chukars would exchange runs in the bottom of the 2nd and top of the 3rd to put the score at 7-1 thanks to a Michael Hodorowski sacrifice fly for the Bulls, and an error by the Bulls pitcher. Down, 7-1, the Bulls would explode for 8 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning due to a multitude of RBI singles by Andrew Gordon, Beau Welborn, Anthony Perez, Casey Innis, and Davis Aiken; along with an RBI double by Michael Hodorowski, and a wild pitch out of the hand of the Chukars pitcher to put the Bulls on top 9-7 after 4 complete. The Chukars take the lead right back with a 4 spot in the top of the 5th on a Jereid Woods 2 RBI single, and a pair of errors by the Bulls’ defense. Beau Welborn would knock a run across the plate with a RBI single in the bottom of the 5th to put the Bulls a little closer 11-10. The Chuckars add 2 insurance runs in the top of the 7th on a pair of RBI singles by Jereid Woods and Martin Castro to push the Chukars to victory 13-10.

 Ashton Yaeger (1-0) was the 3rd pitcher out on the mound for Home Plate and went 1 2/3 innings in relief for Coach Fred West, allowing 3 hits, one run, and walked 1 batter. Chris Lusted (0-1) would take the loss in 3 innings of relief while giving up 7 hits, 5 runs and struck out 3 Chukars. Zachary Schmits came on for the Chukars to record the final 6 outs and pick up his first save of the year giving up just 1 hit.

“Our bats are coming around, and you could see that today,” said Coach Alex Duhaime. “Our pitching was shaky at times today, but I’m really proud of our team for battling back and not just rolling over after being down early in game 2.”

The Bulls will head to Norcross HS on Monday at 7:15 pm for the first meeting with the Atlanta Crackers. The Chukars travel inside the Atlanta perimeter to Oglethorpe University to face the Brookhaven Bucks at 7:15 pm on Monday. The

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Friday, June 13
Bulls Bats Explode for in Peachtree City for 9-2 Victory vs Chukars!

The Bulls Bats Erupt for 9 Runs and 15 Hits against the Chukars for a 9-2 Victory.

Peachtree City, Ga-After a slow start to the 2014 season, the Bulls offense awoke tonight in Peachtree City in route to a 9-2 victory. The Douglasville Bulls (2-4) knock 15 hits, a season high in 2014, against the Home Plate Chukars (3-4) at “the Chuck” in Peachtree City.

The Chukars would strike first with a run in the bottom of the 3rd with an RBI single by Jereid Woods to go up 1-0. The Bulls would put a 5 spot in the top of the 5th inning on 5 hits and 2 Chukar errors highlighted by a 3 run homerun by Matt Meeder, and a RBI single by Jordan Wren. The Bulls would go up 8-1 over the Chukars with 3 more runs in the top of the 6th on a RBI single by Michael Hodorowski, and a pair of RBI groundouts by Beau Welborn, and Hudson Power. Corey Greeson would single home Davis Aiken in the top of the 7th to put the Bulls up 9-1. The Chukars would scratch across the last run of the night with a run in the bottom of the 9th inning thanks to an RBI groundout by Jay Green to wrap up the score with the final of 9-2.

Ryan Turner (2-0) would get his 2nd win of the season in a 4 inning performance of 2 hit and 1 run baseball. Turner would also walk 4 and strikeout 2 Chukars. Taking the loss for the Chukars is Riley Presnell (2-1) giving up 4 runs and 6 hits in 4 2/3 innings of work with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

“This was a great win to get us back on track,” said Coach Alex Duhaime. “Both the bats, and the pitching were clicking tonight and it worked really well for us.”

The Bulls and Chuckars will be back in action tomorrow afternoon in Douglasville with first pitch coming at 1:35 pm. The game can be heard online on the Sunbelt League Radio Network with Wiley Ballard on the call from Norton Field.

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Monday, June 9
Bulls fall in 10-6 Shootout against the Bucks!

7 Unearned Runs on 7 Bulls Errors leads to 10 runs for the Bucks, and a 10-6 Bucks victory!

Atlanta, Ga- The longest game of the season, a three hour and twenty minute affair between the Bulls and the Bucks saw 10 errors committed by the two teams combined, along with 13 combined walks, and 7 hit batsmen. When all was said and done, the Brookhaven Bucks (4-1) defeated the Douglasville Bulls (1-4) by a final score of 10-6.

The first inning would see 9 Bucks come to the plate and 5 runners come across to score highlighted by a 2 RBI single by Anthony Sherlag, a sacrifice fly by Grant Williams, along with an error on the shortstop. The Bulls would answer right back by sending 9 batters of their own to the plate in the bottom of the 1st and scoring 3 on a RBI groundout by Jordan Wren, along with a dropped popup by the pitcher for the Bucks to put the score at 5-3 in favor of the Bucks after 1 inning. The runs would continue in the 2nd inning with the Bucks scoring 3 more in the top of the 2nd on a RBI single by Morgan Bunting and a pair of Bulls errors to put the Bucks up 8-3. The Bulls would match the Bucks with 3 runs in the 2nd inning thanks to a three run homer by Corey Greeson for the first Bulls homer for the 2014 season and bring the score to a 8-6 mark after 2 innings. The Bucks would tack on one in both the 5th and 6th inning on a pair of Bulls errors.

Chaz Wilson (1-0) would pick up the victory in 5 innings of relief of starter Tyler Oglesby. Wilson would allow just 4 hits, 2 runs, and walk 3 while striking out 4 Bulls. Shane Seckinger (0-1) would get the tough luck loss in an inning and 2/3, giving up just 3 hits. Seckinger would give up 7 runs, although only 3 were earned, walked 3 and struck out 3. Five Bulls Pitchers would give up 10 runs to the Bucks, but only 3 were earned by the Bulls pitchers.

The Buck and Bulls will meet up again on Wednesday at 7:15 pm from Oglethorpe again. The game will be on the Sunbelt League Radio Network to bring you action of the Bulls and Sunbelt League all season long.

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Saturday, June 7
Crawdads Offense Powers Past Bulls in Double Header Sweep!

The Crawdads stay a perfect 4-0 in the Sunbelt League with a Double Header Sweep against the Bulls!

Phenix City, AL-After rain pummeled the Phenix City area Friday night, it was clear skies for the Double Header match-up between the Crawdads and the Bulls. Entering the day, this was a match-up of one of the best offenses (Crawdads), and one of the most dominant pitching staffs (Bulls) in the league. It would be a day of offense, as the Phenix City Crawdads (4-0) knock off the Douglasville Bulls (1-3) in both 7 inning contests this afternoon 4-1, and 7-3 in the first 2 regular season Sunbelt League games ever played outside the state lines of Georgia.

Game 1: Bulls 1 Crawdads 4

The Crawdads would come across the plate first in the 3rd inning of play in game 1 with a Chris Daniels RBI groundout to score Carson Bowers. The Bulls would answer right back and tie the game at 1 in the top of the 4th when Corey Greeson comes across to score on a Michael Hodorowski RBI fielder’s choice. The Crawdads would break the tie in the home half of the 4th with a 3 run inning on an inning where the Crawdads would send 8 to the plate thanks to a 2 RBI double by Brandon Weaver, and a RBI double by Carson Bowers. The 3 run inning would put the Crawdads up 4-1 where the game would stay for the rest of the 7 inning game.

Zach Helewski (1-0) would pick up the win in 4 dominant innings on the mound for the Crawdads allowing 4 hits, 1 run, and struck out 5 Bulls without surrendering a walk. Christian Turnipseed (1-1) takes the loss in 4 1/3 innings allowing 6 hits, 4 runs. Turnipseed also walked 4 and struck out 5 Crawdads. Ryan Pistey would record his first save of the season in his 3 innings of work just allowing 1 hit and 2 walks to secure the game 1 victory for the Crawdads

Game 2: Bulls 3 Crawdads 7

The Bulls would start the scoring in game 2 with a run in the 4th inning, as Corey Greeson would come across the plate courtesy of an error on the Crawdads second baseman to give the Bulls their first, and only lead of the day. The bottom of the 4th would turnout to be a nightmare inning for the Bulls as the Crawdads would send 11 batters to the plate and score 6 runs highlighted by a RBI single by Carson Bowers, a bases loaded walk by Tanner Knowles, along with some miscues by the Bulls defense to put the Crawdads up by a score of 6-1 after 4 innings of play in game 2. The Bulls would inch closer with a run in both the 5th and 6th innings on a RBI double by Beau Welborn in the 5th and a bases loaded hit by pitch by Andrew Gordon to put the score at 6-3 after 5 and a half innings. The Crawdads would fire the final shot in the 6th inning with a safety squeeze by Caleb Williams to bring home Brandon Weaver and put the Crawdads ahead 7-3.

Jesse Nelson (1-0) picks up the win, in 4 innings of 1 hit baseball just giving up 1 unearned run, walking 2 and striking out 3. Nick Andress (0-1) takes the tough loss in 3 2/3 innings of 3 hit baseball giving up 6 runs, but only 1 of those earned while walking 4 and striking out 2.

The Bulls will have Sunday off before hosting the Brookhaven Bucks in Douglasville on Monday at 7:15 pm. That game will be able to be heard on the Sunbelt League Radio Network as Colin Lacy and Michael Cooper will have the call for that game. The Crawdads will motor up I-85 to Georgia Gwinnett College to take on the Gwinnett Tides at 7:15 pm. That game can also be heard on the Sunbelt League Radio Network with Wiley Ballard on the call from Lawrenceville.

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Wednesday, June 4
Patriots Walk Off in a Pitcher’s Duel Against the Bulls!

The Patriots Walk Off in the Bottom of the 9th to Pick up their First Win in the Sunbelt League!

Marietta, Ga-Just two days after a pitching duel in Douglasville to open the 2014 season, the Douglasville Bulls (1-1) and East Cobb Patriots (1-1) go down to the wire with a walk off win in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs for the East Cobb Patriots.

The Bulls would strike first in the 4th inning with a one out single by Davis Aiken, after moving all the way around to third, would be driven home by a RBI groundout by the DH Zack Sims. The Patriots and Bulls would stay at the 1-0 score until the 7th inning when Will Cleland would come home as Spencer Perry stole second base, and on the throw to second, Cleland would cross the plate to tie the game at 1-1. The tie would carry into the 9th inning when Alex McGrill would be hit by a pitch with 1 out, and after a stolen base, and Patriot strikeout, Spencer Perry would single on a ground ball up the middle to drive home McGrill, and send the Patriots home a winner by the final of 2-1.

Shane Seckinger would start on the mound for the Bulls, and pitch 4 innings of 2 hit baseball. Seckinger would keep the Patriots off the scoreboard while walking and striking out one and gets a no-decision, despite exiting the game with a 1-0 lead. Chris McGrath would get the nod for the Patriots out of the gate, and pitch 6 strong innings of 1 hit, 1 run baseball. McGrath would also get a no decision while walking 4 and striking out 7 Bulls hitters. The win goes to Michael Davis (1-0) who pitched 3 innings of 1 hit, scoreless relief. Drew Flatford (0-1) goes 2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 run and struck out 3 batters. Flatford, who was on the mound during Perry’s walk-off single, is tagged with the loss.

The Bulls will get a few days off, as the Bulls are idle until Saturday when they will travel to Phenix City to face the Crawdads for a double header beginning at 1:35 pm (eastern). The Patriots will be back in action Thursday night at Marietta High School against the Gwinnett Tides at 7:15 pm.

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Monday, June 2
Bulls Pitching Trio Silences Patriots Offense!

 Three Bulls Pitchers holds the Patriots Bats to just 1 run and 2 hits in Season Opener!

Douglasville, Ga- The 2014 Season is underway, and, for the Bulls, it begins on a high note. The Douglasville Bulls (1-0) defeat the East Cobb Patriots (0-1) by a final of 4-1. The Bulls relied heavily on the three pitchers that held the Patriots to just 2 hit (both in the 1st inning). On the offensive side, Jordan Wren stole the show going 3-3 with 2 singles, a RBI double along with a walk, and a run scored in his Bulls debut.

The scoring started early in the Top of the 1st inning with the Patriots leading off the game with a single by KC Simons, who came around to score on a RBI single by Alex McGill. The Bulls would answer back with a RBI groundout in the bottom half of the 1st by Mason Hamilton to bring home Jordan Wren. The score would remain tied at 1 until the 6th inning when Jordan Wren smashed a RBI double into the right-center field gap to score Michael Hodorowski to put the Bulls up 2-1. The Bulls would strike for 2 in the home half of the 8th inning on a RBI single by Davis Aiken, and a bases loaded walk by Corey Gresson to put the score at the final of 4-1 in favor of the Bulls.

Christian Turnipseed started the game for the Bulls, and pitched 3 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 run, while striking out 5 Patriots. The win goes to the second Bulls pitcher on the night, Ryan Turner (1-0). Turner pitch 3 innings of no-hit baseball, and striking out 5. The only Patriot to reach base against Turner was a hit batsman in the 5th inning. The Patriots starter, Wes Bancroft (0-1) takes the tough luck loss in 7 innings of work. Bancroft scattered 6 Bulls hits, and only gave up 2 runs, and struck out 5 Bulls hitters. Chris Lusted picks up the save after also throwing 3 innings of no-hit baseball, walking 3 and striking out 5.

“It was a great way to start off the season,” says Bulls Head Coach Alex Duhaime. “Our pitching was great, and our bats came through when we needed them in clutch situations. This was a great team win and a great way to set the tone for the season.”

The Bulls will be back in action on Wednesday June 4th at 7:15 pm in Marietta, as the take on the East Cobb Patriots at the East Cobb Baseball Complex (Field 1).

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Thursday, May 29
Bulls Look to Continue Success in Sunbelt League Heading into 2014!

2014 Season Preview: Bulls Look to Repeat as Western Division Champions!

Douglasville, Ga- The 2014 Season for the Bulls will see a good balance of consistency from the 2013 season, and new additions for the new year. With the season less than a week away, as the Bulls open the 2014 slate with the East Cobb Patriots at home on Monday June 2nd, the Bulls are migrating to Douglasville from all over the nation for the 2014 campaign.

Pitching

The Bulls’ rotation last season was one of the most dominant in the Sunbelt League, led my Jerry Stuckey, and Taylor Hicks. With the departure of those two key arms, the Bulls restocked the pitching with Nick Andress and Shane Seckinger. Andress, the Katy, TX product, made 12 starts for Coach Todd Pratt at West Georgia Tech in his 2014 freshman campaign. Shane Seckinger did not see action in 2014 for the North Georgia Night Hawks, but set the career strikeout and career ERA record in his time at Mill Creek High School in Braselton, GA. The Bulls will run many familiar faces out of the gate from the bullpen in 2014. The Bulls return their closer from 2013, Christian Turnipseed (9 Appearances, 2-2 record, 2 Saves, 3.56 ERA in 2013); as well as, bullpen mates Chase Williams, Nick Jones, and Chris Lusted. Joining the returning Bulls in the pen are Drew Flatford, and Tyler Gunnin. Flatford saw limited action for Snead State Community College, in just 3 games and 5.1 innings posted a 2.70 ERA with a 1-0 record. Gunnin led the West Georgia Tech with 11 appearances out of the bullpen and completed the season as the only Golden Knight to record a save with a 5.56 ERA. “Our pitching staff is going to be one of the top in the league,” says Bulls Head Coach Alex Duhaime. “There’s a good nucleus of returning guys, and new guys that will fit into the program in spots that we lost key pitchers from last season.”

Catching

The Bulls will carry 3 catchers in 2014 with Justin Batcher, Andy Mocahbee, and Matthew Pope. Batcher, transferred to LaGrange College after 2 years at West Georgia Tech, hit .263 with 6 RBIs back in 2013 as a Golden Knight, and was the 3 time Defensive Player of the Year at East Paulding High School. Andy Mocahbee is no stranger to the Sunbelt League as he and his brother, Allan, played for the 6-4-3 DP Cougars and hit .250 with a homer, and 5 RBIs last season for Coach Roy Anderson. Matt Pope served as the backup catcher for the Bulls last season. “We are going to be really solid behind the plate,” says Duhaime. “We have a great balance of defense, and offensive production from our 3 backstops.”

Infield

The trend of returning starters continues in the infield as the Bulls bring back Corey Fehribach (14 Starts at Shortstop, and 11 at second base in 2013), Beau Welborn (4 starts at second base, and 7 at shortstop in 2013), and Ryan Raper (11 starts at first base, and 6 at third base in 2013). Along with the 3 key returning players, the Bulls welcome four new infielders to Douglasville. Matt Meeder, the freshman for the Mercer Bears, set a school record for the highest single season batting average as a sophomore at Roswell High School while hitting .449 for the 2011 season. First-baseman, Zack Sims, a 3 sport standout for North Oconee High School (Football, Basketball, and Baseball), then went on to the University of Georgia for the 2014 season, but didn’t see any action for the Bulldogs. Luke Williamson and Blane Swift round out the infield for the Bulls for 2014. “We’re lucky in the sense that we have a couple key returning guys on the infield, that played key roles last season for us,” said Duhaime. “Those guys mixed in with the new players we have coming in gives us a great chance to dominate on both sides of the ball.”

Outfield

The Bulls outfield is where fans will see the most change for 2014, with only returning 1 outfielder from a season ago, Michael Hodorowski. Hodorowski returns to the Bulls lineup after being the everyday centerfielder for Coach Pratt last season, and was the main speed threat in the 2013 lineup after being a perfect 13-13 in stolen bases. The Bulls bring in 2 Golden Knights out of West Georgia Tech to patrol the outfield, Davis Aiken and Mason Hamilton. Aiken played in 45 of 48 games for the Golden Knights in 2014 and led the team in average posting a .365 mark and successfully stole 13-17 bases. Jordan Wren, son of Atlanta Braves General Manager Frank Wren, joins the Bulls after playing in 33 games for the Samford Bulldogs and posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 17 starts for Coach Casey Dunn in the Southern Conference. Rounding out the Bulls outfield will be Hudson Power, who comes to the Bulls from the 2013 6-4-3 DP Cougars where he played in all 29 games for Coach Roy Anderson, and posted a .280 average. “The outfield is where we had to fill the most holes with only “Hodo’ [Hodorowski] returning,” says Duhaime. “We have one of the quickest outfields out there with a good mix of young guys, and guys that have been in the collegiate game for a few years.”

Dugout

The Bulls will have a familiar face in a new role in the dugout for the 2014 season. Alex Duhaime will be taking the reins of the Bulls this season after serving as an assistant coach for Coach Todd Pratt, who moved out of the dugout to the League front office in the offseason, in 2013. Alex is currently the head baseball and softball coach for the Douglas County High School varsity program, and has experience as an Assistant Coach at University of West Georgia. Duhaime completed a 4 years collegiate career (2 years at West Georgia, and 2 years at Chattahoochee Valley Community College) in 2011. Joining Coach Duhaime in the dugout will be Eric Bowers. Bowers currently an assistant coach under Coach Todd Pratt at West Georgia Tech after playing for the Golden Knights. “I’m excited for the year,” says Duhaime. “I learned a lot from Todd [Pratt] last year and hope to continue the legacy that the Bulls organization has had for 20 years now."

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Monday, December 30
Todd Pratt to Move from Dugout to Front Office in 2014



Lawrenceville, Ga. – Douglasville Bulls manager and former MLB catcher, Todd Pratt will be stepping down as Bulls Manager, and move into a new position in the Sunbelt League office as the President of the Sunbelt League effective for the 2014 summer season. Pratt has been the Bulls manager for the past five seasons, and will be succeeded by his assistant coach from last season Alex Duhaime.

Pratt will continue to serve as the Bull’s Owner, and will also remain on the Board of Directors for the League for the foreseeable future. The former big league backstop’s new position will see him overseeing the day-to-day operations of the League as a whole.

“I am very honored to be name the President of the Sunbelt League. Our goal when this all started was to make us the elite summer league in the south and I believe that has happened,” said Pratt. “Our next goal is to make the Sunbelt League one of the best summer league's in the nation. This position will allow me and the league to grow. I look forward to working with our Commissioner and staff.”

Pratt spent 14 Major League seasons behind the dish all over the nation after being drafted in the 6th round in 1985 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Pratt spent the bulk of his career (8 seasons) in Philadelphia in two stints, along with taking his talents to the New York Mets for 5 seasons, and a year each with the Braves and the Chicago Cubs. The career .250 hitter is currently the head baseball coach at West Georgia Technical College in Douglasville, Ga.

“I’m excited about bringing Todd into the front office. He brings 14 years of baseball at the highest level,” says Sunbelt Commissioner Bobby Bennett. “In addition to that, he also is a big Atlanta connection.”

Pratt’s successor, Alex Duhaime, is currently the head baseball and softball coach at Douglas County High School, and is coming off his first season as an assistant coach with the Bulls. Duhaime, the University of West Georgia alum, played 4 seasons as the starting second baseman for the wolves after transferring from Chattahoochee Valley CC. Along with current high school coaching experience, Duhaime brings a year as an assistant coach on the West Georgia baseball team on his resume.

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