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Hyder's Highlights: Fall World Series begins Saturday

Blue Raiders open five-game fall series this weekend

October 15, 2013 · @MTAthletics

Student assistant Aaron Hyder recapped Middle Tennessee's successful John Stanford Grand Slam Fish Fry and prospective camp, while previewing this weekend's Blue-White Fall World Series.

JOHN STANFORD GRAND SLAM FISH FRY A SUCCESS

Last week was highlighted by the 30th annual John Stanford Fish Fry. This event has become a mainstay for the MT Baseball program. Every October, the event is held inside the Livestock Center. It is a great way for the community to come out and meet some of the players and support them.

This year's Fish Fry had over 400 attendees for a fantastic turnout. The Krewe de Blue fried the fish as usual, feeding the appetites of the fans, alumni and players. Coach Jim McGuire also brought back one of the old traditions that used to accompany the fish fry, an auction of baseball paraphernalia.

This year's items included a lot of star power. The live auction featured a Mariano Rivera signed baseball. It was very intriguing to see the fans bid for a ball signed by a future Hall of Famer. The live auction also included an Andrew McCutchen bat, a Torii Hunter bat and a Pedro Alvarez piece of wood.

In the end, the fish fry was a success once again. It is great to see the amount of the support the team has from people around the community. (Click here for the photo gallery). And I know once the spring comes around, the team will do its best job to put an enjoyable and exciting product on the field for fans to watch. 

BLUE-WHITE WORLD SERIES STARTS SATURDAY

It truly is amazing how time flies. It is hard to believe that there are only about ten practices left in the fall practice period. With Fall Break approaching, the team only got two intrasquads in last week. Granted, they were extended a little longer than normal, so everyone still had a chance to get their reps in.

The team returned to Murfreesboro on Monday to start their final preparation for the Blue-White World Series which will begin Saturday. The teams have yet to be announced, but that will come a bit later in the week.

Game one of the Series will take place on Saturday at Noon. Game two is slated for a 2 p.m. start time on Sunday afternoon. These will be full nine inning games and be treated like a real game. Starting pitchers and teams will be announced Friday afternoon. Come out to Reese Smith Jr. Field and get a sneak peek of the 2014 Blue Raiders!

2013 BLUE-WHITE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Oct. 19 - Noon 
Oct. 20 - 2 p.m. 
Oct. 23 - 3 p.m. 
Oct. 25 - 3 p.m. 
Oct. 26 - Noon

MCGUIRE HOSTS PROSPECTIVE CAMP

With the team headed their separate ways for Fall Break, Coach McGuire and his staff hosted about 65 high school prospects for the Blue Raider Elite Camp. The prospects participated in a pro-style workout and received feedback from multiple coaches.

In the morning session, the prospects ran 60s, made throws from their positions and took batting practice. After a 30 minute break for lunch, the prospects indulged in two nine inning scrimmages. This gave the players an opportunity to apply what they learned in game-type situations.

Along with Middle Tennessee's staff, coaches from Lincoln Memorial, Columbia State, and Trevecca Nazarene were present.

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