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Posted: March 8, 2007 8:29 p.m.
Updated: March 23, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    The Statesboro baseball team has a new home, and tonight a Mill Creek Regional Park, they’ll officially open their new digs with a 7:30 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony prior to their game with Camden County.
    The Diamond Devils have already played at the facility, a 14-4 win over Benedictine on Tuesday. But this weekend they’ll look to truly christen the new park against some highly touted competition.
    “It’s going to be a very good test for everybody,” said Statesboro head coach Chris Bishop. “It oughta be some good baseball. It’ll be pretty much nip and tuck and whoever blinks more than the other will come out at the lower end of the score.”
    While Bishop and SHS (4-0) will be focused on the field, fans and visiting opponents will get to enjoy a state of the art facility that Bishop thinks is one of the better ones in the region, if not the state.
    Both dugouts have their own restrooms, both teams will have their own bullpen and the Devils will take full advantage of their own batting cage down the third base side.
    The grass is of golf course quality and there’s a complete drainage system beneath the playing surface. The dimensions of the park are set at 325 feet down the lines, 360 feet to the power alleys and 380 feet to dead center. Reaching those power alleys may not be as hard as first glance — Bishop said the ball has been carrying out and he expects it to carry even more as the temperature heats up.
    The Blue Devils have gotten off to fast start this season, but SHS has been sporadic at the plate. They’ll face region 3-AAAAA defending champion Camden County (2-0) today at 8 p.m.
    “Our guys can hit,” said Bishop. “I think it’s just a philosophy. So, No.1 I’ve told them we’re going to be ‘Yes, yes, yes, yes’, instead of ‘I don’t know, I don’t know’. Then No. 2, worst case scenario I want them to be late on the ball, because that means they’re not getting fooled.”
    Statesboro will face Lee County on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Trojans (1-1) have three Division I signees in Thomas Nichols, Jack Posey and Brock Bailey who will play for Georgia Tech, Florida State and Elon, respectively.

    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912)-489-9408.
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