Redbird Baseball Opens Fall Practice
Fall practices focus heavily on defensive drills and fundamentals.
Fall practices focus heavily on defensive drills and fundamentals.

September 4, 2012      

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NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State baseball program opens its fall practice schedule Tuesday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field, with the first of 21 team practices. The fall schedule culminates with scout day, Oct. 2.

"We have begun work on what we expect to be a very good 2013 season," head coach Mark Kingston said. "We have lost some very good players, but return an awful lot of good ones as well. I expect our strong senior class to be very good on the field, but also take advantage of a great opportunity for leadership. We are also excited to promote a strong recruiting class on this new roster. Our veterans combined with this new class give us the makings of a serious contender. We as coaches must figure out how these new players fit into our team needs now, and make good decisions for the short and long term."

The fall schedule features a combination of 6 a.m. workouts, afternoon team practices and weekend inter-squad scrimmages. The Fall World Series will take place Sept. 27-29 at Duffy Bass Field. All inter-squad scrimmages are free and open to the public.

"This fall we will focus on evaluation, and team building," Kingston explained. "We need to see who has improved, who is ready for bigger roles and where the new players fit. Also, we need to begin the process of building a cohesive team. The daily interaction during practices, weights, and meetings will focus on making this a team, not just a group of individuals. Once the fall is complete, we will hit the weight room hard, and work on any adjustments that are necessary after watching players compete in team practice."

Illinois State finished the 2012 season, 33-19. The complete 2013 schedule will be announced soon, with opening day slated for February.

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