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Bulls bring college-level baseball to Douglas
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
July 09, 2014 11:16 AM | 1132 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>From left, Bulls’ teammates, Douglasville natives and Alexander High School alumni Ryan Turner and Corey Fehribach before a contest against the Phenix City Crawdads on July 1.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
From left, Bulls’ teammates, Douglasville natives and Alexander High School alumni Ryan Turner and Corey Fehribach before a contest against the Phenix City Crawdads on July 1.
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For 21 years, the Douglasville Bulls have been a mainstay in the Douglas County baseball community, initially starting in an adult recreational league.

However, behind the efforts of former Major League Baseball catcher and Atlanta Braves player Todd Pratt, the Bulls transitioned into a summer team for amateur college-level players six years ago and joined the Sunbelt League under his ownership.

“The Sunbelt has developed into one of the top summer leagues in the country and officially recognized by MLB,” said Pratt.

The Sunbelt League had 27 former and current players selected in this year’s MLB draft.

This season, Pratt has transitioned from head coach of the Bulls to league president. Former Bulls’ assistant and current Douglas County High School varsity head coach Alex Duhaime has taken over as head coach.

After starting the season 1-4, the Bulls improved and won their last five games through July 2.

“We’re still putting it together and have the talent to go far,” Duhaime said.

Shortstop Corey Greeson leads the team offensively with a .350 batting average. West Georgia Tech sophomore outfielder Davis Aiken also has done well for the Bulls with a .327 average and team-high 16 hits.

Douglasville native and Alexander High School alumnus Ryan Turner has been a mainstay for the Bulls’ pitching staff along with Christian Turnipseed, Drew Flatford, Ethan Hunter and Chris Lusted.

“We got off to a slow start but have been on a hot streak and our bats have come around,” Turner said.

Being a Bulls team member also allows Douglas County players to represent their community.

“It means a lot to come back home during the summer and play in front of people who supported you in high school,” said Douglasville native and Alexander alumnus Corey Fehribach.

Pratt said, “I love coaching but it’s about the community and taking care of the field.”

The Bulls have played at the Douglas County Sports Complex for the past five seasons, he said.

“It’s been great for everybody because the community gets to see good baseball from future pro players,” Pratt said.

The Bulls return to action Thursday against the Atlanta Crackers in Norcross.

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