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Peanuts Sign Three at Open Tryout

May 5, 2007

Albany -- The South Georgia Peanuts play their first game of the season in a little less than two weeks, starting on the road at Charlotte County.

The team opens at home May 24th.

With so little time to prepare before opening day, the Peanuts filled up their roster Saturday with an open tryout at Paul Eames Park.

South Georgia adding three pitchers: two lefties and a hard-throwing right hander.

Manager Wally Backmon says his team is now ready to hit the ground running for spring training.

Newly signed pitcher Pat Ford played in the Texas Rangers organization last year, and says there's only one way to describe signing with a team.

"A sigh of relief," says Ford. "Not knowing when you're going to play next, or where you're going to play....it's actually a lot of weight off your shoulders."

Manager Wally Backmon says, "I didn't realize (Ford) was even going to be here. He got released last year, and is a kid that really just didn't get the opportunity to pitch enough when he was with an organization. He'll get that opportunity here, so he's a good kid we can probably push back to an organization."

The Peanuts host Macon in a scrimmage May 11th at 7:10 pm.

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