Game two of the seven-game series is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by game three on Sunday at 2 p.m..
The next three games are schedule to be played the following weekend, and a game seven (if necessary) is set for Oct. 29 or 30.
“Our guys are extremely excited. It is as much excitement as I’ve ever seen for a Fall World Series to begin,” said second-year skipper Lane Burroughs. “We had a mock draft last Monday and it was a lot of fun. It’s great to see our guys cut loose, have some fun and show some creativity.
“This is a reward for them and all the hard work they’ve put in during our skill instruction phase, weight room and practice,” he said. “They finally get to play with something on the line, and there is a lot of ‘smack’ being talked in good fun. Both teams have even created their own Twitter pages.”
The Demon baseball team is split into two squads known this year as the Purple Rain and Orange Juice.
Purple Rain will put John Gault (Friday), newcomer Hunter Duvic (Saturday), and Robert Baker (Sunday) on the mound to face Steven Spann (Friday), Josh Morris (Saturday), and Cody Butler (Sunday) from Orange Juice.
Coach Burroughs and his staff let the athletes run their teams completely while they are able to evaluate the series.
It’s (the series) huge. This is the time that we let them run their own team and make decisions as far as lineups and matchups. The coaches will have a handle on pitch counts and things of that nature, but we really just sit back and evaluate as if we were scouting an upcoming opponent,” said Burroughs. “It will be good to see pitchers navigate through innings, work out of trouble or inherit runners without the coaches actually manipulating the situation and always coming to the rescue.
“It gives our coaches a chance to see if our catchers are on the same page as us when it comes to calling pitches to certain hitters and certain situations. We will learn a lot about our guys over the next few weekends that you can’t learn in normal scrimmage sessions,” he said.
The team will be able to gain tremendous experience from an event like the Fall World Series.
“We really just want our guys to go out and compete and have fun. That sounds simple, but it really is a reward for them,” said Burroughs.
“It’s always fun to watch them make out lineups and make decisions like what defense to run, put on offensive plays, etc. They see it’s a lot different than just executing,” he said. “They get to learn the game and see what it’s like to make calls and anticipate the execution of that call. When it’s over, we come together and get ready to attack the spring as one TEAM!”
The series opens for Homecoming in which baseball greats Terry Joseph and Kyle Shade will be inducted to the N-Club Hall of Fame. Also, NSU hosts the baseball and softball reunion.