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Monday, May 21, 2007

Sports off to good start

Shreveport swept a four-game series from Pensacola and sit in second place in the American Association's South Division.

The Pensacola series may have been a rousing success (the Sports didn't play all that horrible, the crowds were lively), but Shreveport should have beaten Pensacola. The Pelicans are bad.

What really burned manager Bob Flori was the lack of good baseball play. Like Melvin Falu trying to steal third with two out during Friday's game.
Or, the Sports not executing a rundown with precision. Shreveport had Pensacola's Larry Bethea tied up between second and third. A baserunner on third broke for home, and despite the calls from the home crowd to throw home, there wasn't a throw to catcher Alex Entrekin.
The Sports still won the game by a comfortable margin, but it's the little things like those examples that can cost them down the road.

Flori has to get his roster down to 22 for Thursday's cutoff date. There may be some movement with players (Enohel Polanco, Mick Kurhan, Juan Infante and Gerson Mercedes) still awaiting visa clearance.

Falu and Bryan Cooksey (a Parkway and LSUS grad) could be the odd players out. The Sports sorely need a viable shortstop and that's where Polanco comes in.
Richie Benes and Cooksey have six errors between them. Cooksey would be a tough loss though. He's a very coachable player ready to work and improve on his game.


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